Endoscopy Unit Recognized for Quality and Safety
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal
medical society, has recognized Titusville, Fla.-based Parrish Medical
Center’s Endoscopy Unit as part of its program specifically dedicated
to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced
in the United States. Parrish Medical Center’s endoscopy unit is
one of 167 endoscopy units to be granted the recognition since 2009. 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 and have completed specialized training
on principles in quality and safety in endoscopy.
“We are honored to be recognized by ASGE for our efforts to enhance
quality and safety in our endoscopy unit and to be one of only five in
the state,” said Bernard Vinoski, MD, board-certified gastroenterologist
and PMC endoscopy services medical director. “The program course
on improving quality and safety provided us with valuable knowledge to
continue to give our patients the safest and best care possible.”
Upon completion of the program, units receive an ASGE “Certificate
of Recognition” for promoting quality in endoscopy.
“ASGE is delighted to be recognizing these 167 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
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; and have a representative of the unit
complete the ASGE Recognition Course, “Improving Quality and Safety
In Your Endoscopy Unit.” The Certificate of Recognition award is
granted for a three-year renewable period.
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.
An important component of the program is an educational course that thoroughly
reviews related guidelines. Honorees attended the “Improving Quality
and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit” course held in Oak Brook, Ill.,
in October 2009.