The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall’s Endoscopy Center as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy in all settings where it is practiced in the United States.
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized Good Shepherd Medical Center (GSMC) – Marshall’s Endoscopy Center as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy in all settings where it is practiced in the United States.
GSMC – Marshall’s Endoscopy Center is one of more than 400 endoscopy units to be granted the
recognition since 2009. 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
“We are honored to be recognized by ASGE for our efforts to enhance quality and safety in our
Endoscopy Center,” said Russ Collier, CEO. GSMC – Marshall. “Through ongoing education and
continued compliance with the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program requirements, we
demonstrate our dedication and on-going commitment to delivering high-quality patient care.”
Angelica Belo, MD, Good Shepherd Medical Associates Gastroenterologist and Medical Director of the Good Shepherd – Marshall Endoscopy Center, along with her team worked vigorously to meet the
rigorous quality markers required to earn recognition from the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition
Program. “We are committed to delivering high-quality and safe care to our patients,” said Dr. Belo. “As a team, we are honored to receive this recognition.”
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, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands 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, the certificate is granted for a three-year renewable period. For a full list of program benefits, log on to www.asge.org. “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,” said Glenn Eisen, MD, FASGE, chair, 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 lifesaving technology.”
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 continually reinforces the importance of quality among its members through member
communications, such as emails and newsletters, and its courses, including "Improving Quality and
Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit.”
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 and innovation in
gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 14,000 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
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