ASGE Recognizes 19 Endoscopy Units for Quality and Safety

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has recognized 19 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. ASGE renewed the recognition for 35 units previously honored. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that have demonstrated a commitment to patient safety and quality in endoscopy as evidenced by meeting the program's rigorous criteria which includes following the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing, CDC infection control guidelines and ensuring endoscopy staff competency. To date, more than 450 endoscopy units have been recognized by ASGE.

"We are proud to acknowledge these endoscopy units through our Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program for their commitment to promoting the highest standards of safety and quality," says Jonathan Cohen, MD, FASGE, chair of the ASGE Quality Assurance in Endoscopy Committee. "By ensuring infection control principles are adhered to, continually assessing the competency of staff, and monitoring patient satisfaction, ASGE-recognized units contribute to the public's confidence in endoscopy, a life-saving technology."

To be recognized by ASGE, a unit, through a peer-reviewed application process, must attest to the continued competence of all staff relative to their roles, demonstrate the adoption of unit policies specific to ongoing assessment of performance relative to key quality indicators, and attest that the unit has an established infrastructure and personnel dedicated to infection control and prevention. The program is applicable to all settings in the United States and Puerto Rico where endoscopy is practiced, including office-based endoscopy units, hospital-based endoscopy units, and stand-alone ambulatory endoscopy or surgery centers. An important component of the program is an educational course entitled, "Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit," that thoroughly reviews related guidelines. Upon completion of the program, successful applicants are awarded ASGE's Certificate of Recognition of Quality in Endoscopy. The certificate is granted for a three-year renewable period.

New ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program Honorees:

Carlisle Endoscopy Center, Ltd., Roanoke, VA
Carnegie Hill Endoscopy Center, LLC, New York, NY
Endo-Surgical Center of Florida, Orlando, FL
Englewood Endoscopic Associates, Englewood, NJ
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes Barre, PA
GI Consultants, Carson Endoscopy Center, Carson City, NV
Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center, Riverside, CA
Kalispell Regional Medical Center Office Endoscopy Suite, Kalispell, MT
Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital, Stevens Point, WI
Mobile Infirmary Medical Center G.I. Lab, Mobile, AL
Montgomery Endoscopy Center, Silver Spring, MD
Presbyterian Gastroenterology - Rio Rancho, Rio Rancho, NM
Presbyterian Gastroenterology - Downtown, Albuquerque, NM
St. John Providence Health System Macomb Endoscopy Center, Warren, MI
Summit Medical Group Ambulatory Surgery Center, Berkley Heights, NJ
Sutter Roseville Endoscopy Center, Roseville, CA
The Endoscopy Center of Asheville Gastroenterology Associates, P.A., Asheville, NC
The Northern Nevada ASC, LLC dba Digestive Health Center, Reno, NV
Three Rivers Medical Center Endoscopy Unit, Louisa, KY

Endoscopy units granted three-year renewal:

Carolina Mountain Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Center, Hendersonville, NC
Case Point Health Bayonne Medical Center, Bayonne, NJ
Digestive Health and Endoscopy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Eastside Endoscopy Center, St. Clair Shores, MI
Endoscopy Center of Columbus, LLC, Columbus, GA
Endoscopy Center of Southwest Virginia, Roanoke, VA
Essentia Health, Fargo, ND
Fayetteville Gastroenterology Associates, PA, Fayetteville, NC
Gainesville Endoscopy Center, LLC, Gainesville, GA
Gastrointestinal and Liver Specialists of Tidewater, PLLC dba Gastroenterology Consultants, Virginia Beach, VA
Geisinger Medical Center Gastroenterology - Endoscopy Department, Danville, PA
GI Consultants, Reno Endoscopy Center, Reno, NV
GI Consultants, South Meadows Endoscopy Center, Reno, NV
Highland Endoscopy Center, Rochester, NY
Indiana Endoscopy Center - Main, Indianapolis, IN
Indiana Endoscopy Center - Fishers, Fishers, IN
Indiana Endoscopy Center - Avon, Avon, IN
Lakeland Surgical and Diagnostic Center, Lakeland, FL
Louisville Endoscopy Center, Louisville, KY
Mid Peninsula Endoscopy Center, San Mateo, CA
Mountain View Endoscopy Center, Mountain View, CA
Odessa Endoscopy Center, Odessa, TX
Pacific Endoscopy Services dba Atherton Endoscopy Center, Atherton, CA
Rutland Regional Medical Center, Rutland, VT
Salem Endoscopy Center, Salem, OR
Salem Gastroenterology Associates, PA dba Salem Endoscopy Center, Winston-Salem, NC
Southwest Endoscopy, Ltd., Albuquerque, NM
Susquehanna Endoscopy Center, Montoursville, PA
The Endoscopy Center, Encinitas, CA
Trinity Mother Frances Endoscopy Center, Tyler, TX
Tri-State Gastroenterology, Crestview Hills, KY
UCSD GI Endoscopy Center - Hillcrest, San Diego, CA
UCSD GI Endoscopy Center - Thornton Hospital, San Diego, CA
Unity Endoscopy Center, Rochester, NY
Wellbrook Endoscopy Center, PC, Conyers, GA

Source: ASGE