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ASGE recognizes 30 endoscopy units for quality and safety

OAK BROOK, Ill. May 18, 2011 The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has recognized 30 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, 337 endoscopy units have been recognized by ASGE.

"ASGE is delighted to be recognizing these 30 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

Athens Gastroenterology Endoscopy Center, Athens, GA
Atlanta South Endoscopy Center, Riverdale, GA
Atlantic Gastroenterology Endoscopy Center, PA, Greenville, NC
Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists Endoscopy Associates, Bryn Mawr, PA
Central Jersey Ambulatory Surgical Center, Hillsborough, NJ
Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center Endoscopy Unit, Plattsburgh, NY
Charleston Endoscopy Center, Charleston, SC
DHA Endoscopy, LLC, Stoneham, MA
Endoscopy Center NETN, PC, Johnson City, TN
Endoscopy Center of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Endoscopy Center of St. Louis-Lake St. Louis, Lake St. Louis, MO
Greater New York Endoscopy Surgical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Henry Ford Health System Division of Gastroenterology, Detroit, MI
High Point Endoscopy Center, Inc., High Point, NC
Kevin J. Carroll Ambulatory Surgery Center, Plattsburgh, NY
Lafayette General Endoscopy Center, Lafayette, LA
Lakeside Womens Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK
Medwest Haywood Endoscopy Suite, Clyde, NC
Newport Beach Orange Coast Endoscopy Center, Newport Beach, CA
Premier Surgery Center of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Endoscopy, Newport News, VA
Rome Endoscopy Center, Rome, GA
Sanford Health GI Endoscopy Suite, Sioux Falls, SD
Sullivan Digestive Center, Kingsport, TN
Tampa Bay Specialty Surgery Center, Pinellas Park, FL
The Endoscopy Center of Fairfield, Fairfield, CT
Thompson Health Ambulatory Procedure Unit, Canandaigua, NY
Wayne Healthcare, Greenville, OH
William Erber, MD, PC, OBS, Brooklyn, NY
Winter Haven Hospital Endoscopy Unit, Winter Haven, FL

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


Contact: Anne Brownsey
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

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