ASGE recognizes 35 endoscopy units for quality and safety as part of its Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program

February 22, 2011

OAK BROOK, Ill. - Feb. 22, 2011 - The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has recognized 35 endoscopy units as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscopy reprocessing and CDC infection control guidelines. To date, 307 endoscopy units have been recognized by ASGE.

"ASGE is delighted to be recognizing these 35 endoscopy units, whose staff work hard every day to provide high-quality care to their patients in a safe environment," said Bret T. Petersen, MD, FASGE, chairman, ASGE Quality Assurance in Endoscopy Committee. "There continues to be an outstanding response to this program. We are proud to acknowledge these ASGE members through our Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program for their commitment to promoting the highest standards of safety and quality."

An important component of the program is an educational course that thoroughly reviews related guidelines. Honorees attended this course, entitled "Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit."

Upon completion of the program, units receive an ASGE "Certificate of Recognition" for promoting quality in endoscopy which is valid for three years, providing the unit remains accredited and complies with all program criteria. This symbol can be displayed to let patients and referring physicians know that the endoscopy unit is dedicated to delivering high-quality endoscopic care and has received specialized training around these principles.

New ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program Honorees

Advanced Diagnostic and Surgical Center, Alhambra, CA
Blanchard Valley Health System, Findlay, OH
Boise Idaho Veterans Administration Medical Center Endoscopy Unit, Boise, ID
Brooke Army Medical Center- San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Central California Endoscopy Center LP, Fresno, CA
Central Texas Ambulatory Endoscopy Center LLC, San Marcos, TX
Digestive Care Medical Center, San Carlos, CA
East Bay Endosurgery, Oakland, CA
Exempla Lutheran Medical Center Digestive Health Center, Wheat Ridge, CO
Folsom Sierra Endoscopy Center, Folsom, CA
Lahey Clinic Endoscopy Unit, Burlington, MA
Merrimack Valley Endoscopy Center, Haverhill, MA
Montpelier Surgery Center, San Jose, CA
Naugatuck Valley Endoscopy Center, LLC, Waterbury, CT
Newport Center Surgical, Newport Beach, CA
Pacific Endoscopy Center, LLC, Pearl City, HI
Providence St. Mary Medical Center - GI Services, Walla Walla, WA
Queens Medical Center, Endoscopy Department , Honolulu, HI
San Juan Endoscopy, LLC, Farmington, NM
Santa Maria Digestive Diagnostic Center, Santa Maria, CA
Saratoga Schenectady Endoscopy Center, LLC, Burnt Hills, NY
Shadelands Advanced Endoscopy Institute, Inc., Walnut Creek, CA
Skagit Valley Hospital Endoscopy Unit, Mount Vernon, WA
St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center Endoscopy Unit, Smithtown, NY
The Gastroenterology Endoscopy Center, Inc-Oregon City, Oregon City, OR
The Gastroenterology Endoscopy Center, Inc-Tualatin, Tualatin, OR
The University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo, OH
Tuality Endoscopy Center, Hillsboro, OR
University of New Mexico Endoscopy Center, Albuquerque, NM
University of New Mexico Hospital Center for Digestive Disease, Albuquerque, NM
Western Washington Endoscopy Centers- Fogel Endoscopy Center, Tacoma, WA
Western Washington Endoscopy Centers- Peninsula Endoscopy Center, Tacoma, WA
Western Washington Endoscopy Centers- Puyallup Endoscopy Center, Tacoma, WA
Western Washington Endoscopy Centers- Sunrise Endoscopy Center, Tacoma, WA
Western Washington Endoscopy Centers- Waldron Endoscopy Center, Tacoma, WA


About the Program

To successfully complete the program and receive a Certificate of Recognition, a center must show proof of successful and current accreditation by a recognized accrediting body (AAAHC, Joint Commission); sign an attestation affirming that certain ASGE and CDC guidelines are adopted as minimum requirements of the unit policy; have a representative of the unit complete the ASGE Recognition Course, "Improving Quality and Safety In Your Endoscopy Unit;" and submit the application fee(s). The Certificate of Recognition award is granted for a three-year period and is renewable.

The program is applicable to all settings in the United States where endoscopy is practiced, including office-based endoscopy units, hospital-based endoscopy units, and stand-alone ambulatory endoscopy or surgery centers.

As a benefit of successfully completing the program, endoscopy units will receive the ASGE Certificate of Recognition for Promoting Quality in Endoscopy, patient brochures - Ensuring the Safety of Your Endoscopic Procedure, access to advice from reprocessing experts and more. For a list of the full benefits, log on to www.asge.org.

ASGE and Quality

ASGE is the profession's leader in setting standards of excellence in endoscopy through its safety guidelines and the training of its members so that patients receive the best and safest care possible. The Society constantly reinforces the importance of quality among its members through member communications, such as emails and newsletters, and its CME courses, including "Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit."

The program course is being repeated in 2011 on March 26 in Atlanta, Ga., June 11 in Oak Brook, Ill., September 15 in La Jolla, Calif. (in conjunction with EndoFest), and on December 14 in New York (in conjunction with the NYSGE meeting). To register, check the ASGE website at www.asge.org (or call 630-573-0600). A list of the full requirements and benefits of the Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program can also be found on the website.
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About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with nearly 12,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit www.asge.org and www.screen4coloncancer.org for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.

About Endoscopy

Endoscopy is performed by specially-trained physicians called endoscopists using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Using flexible, thin tubes called endoscopes, endoscopists are able to access the human digestive tract without incisions via natural orifices. Endoscopes are designed with high-intensity lighting and fitted with precision devices that allow viewing and treatment of the gastrointestinal system.

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

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