The Deputy Heart Attack (DHA) program and the Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) are the brainchild of the ACC Accreditation Review Services Founder, Dr. Raymond D. Bahr.
Dr. Bahr is passionate about cardiac care and preventive education. As the founding father of the ACC Accreditation Review Services (previously the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care), Dr. Bahr's passion to disseminate lifesaving information is a driving force for accreditation. Throughout his career, he has created multiple programs to help others understand the life saving measures that can save a life. In 1981 at St. Agnes Hospital, Dr. Bahr established the Chest Pain Emergency Department (CPED), the first such unit in the world. The initial purpose of this CPED was to provide prompt and effective treatment of patients presenting with heart attack/sudden death. The CPED was coupled with an aggressive education program that taught the community the early warning signs of a heart attack. This education program extended to middle and high school students via health and science curricula.
Dr. Bahr founded the Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) program in order to spread the message that "Heart Attacks Have Beginnings" and that damage to the heart muscle and even death could be prevented if people could detect the symptoms before a major event occurred. Today the EHAC program has attracted more than one million people who have taken the course and the oath to save a life.