Connecting Levels
of Response


Leading resuscitation experts collaborate to improve SCA survival rates.  

The HeartRescue Project is focused on developing and expanding SCA response systems by coordinating measurement, education, training and the application of evidence-based best practices among the general public, first responders, emergency medical services (EMS) and hospitals.


Our Vision

Every American who suffers sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) will receive lifesaving, state-of-the-art care at the scene, en route and in the hospital.

The HeartRescue Partners

The HeartRescue Project has assembled organizations renowned for their resuscitation excellence who are charged with implementing programs in specific geographies. The lead Partners include:

  • Arizona:  University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, Arizona Department of Health Services SHARE Program
  • Illinois: The Illinois HeartRescue Collaborative will develop a statewide network for cardiac arrest reporting and quality improvement.
  • Minnesota:  University of Minnesota, Cardiovascular Division, The Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium
  • North Carolina:  Duke University Medical Center, Wake County EMS, North Carolina Office of EMS, University of North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania:  University of Pennsylvania Center for Resuscitation Science
  • Washington:  University of Washington Harborview Medical Center, Seattle and King County EMS
  • National Partner:  AMR Medicine/EMSC Foundation, largest EMS organization in the United States covering 2,000 communities in 39 states 

Project Goal

Improve SCA survival rates by 50 percent over five years within the funded partner geographies.


Applications for HeartRescue grants are by invitation only. Learn more about the HeartRescue Grant Program guidelines or submit a letter of inquiry here.