Community Recognized by Leading Gastrointestinal Medical Society for Quality and Safety
COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTER RECOGNIZED BY LEADING GASTROINTESTINAL MEDICAL SOCIETY FOR QUALITY AND SAFETY
Oak Brook,Ill.– 3/16/12 – The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized Community Medical Center as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. Community Medical 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 follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging; quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing and CDC infection control guidelines and have completed specialized training on principles in quality and safety in endoscopy.
About the Program
To successfully complete the program and receive a Certificate of Recognition, a unit must show proof of successful and current accreditation by a recognized accrediting body with deeming status from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); attest that certain ASGE and CDC guidelines are adopted as minimum requirements of the unit policy and that all pertinent staff members have completed competency assessments for endoscope reprocessing and training in sterile medication administration and infection prevention in the endoscopy unit within the prior year; demonstrate that unit policies have been developed and adopted for continuous or intermittent assessment of select quality measures through a quality policy assessment; 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 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 that thoroughly reviews related guidelines. Honorees attended this course, entitled “Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit.”
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.”
Endoscopy is performed by specially-trained physicians called endoscopists using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Using flexible, thin tubes called endoscopes, endoscopists are able to access the human digestive tract without incisions via natural orifices. Endoscopes are designed with high-intensity lighting and fitted with precision devices that allow viewing and treatment of the gastrointestinal system.