ASGE announces 35 new honorees under Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program

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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

Source: American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

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