Endoscopy Unit at Crozer-Chester Medical Center Achieves National Certification
The Endoscopy Unit at Crozer-Chester Medical Center recently met the requirements to be recognized as a unit that promotes quality in endoscopy through the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy’s (ASGE) Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program (EURP).
The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscopy reprocessing and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) infection control guidelines and have completed specialized training on principles in quality and safety in endoscopy.
To successfully complete the certification program, 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.
“We are proud to be recognized with this certification by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. This achievement celebrates the excellence and hard work of the entire staff,” says Immanuel Ho, M.D., chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Ho recognized the efforts of Mary Kopp, R.N., perioperative nursing director at Crozer, and Michael Farber, M.D., CKHS gastroenterologist.
Crozer’s board-certified gastroenterologists are trained in the latest technologies and procedures to comprehensively diagnose, manage and treat a range of gastrointestinal and liver diseases. The physicians perform a range of procedures in the endoscopy unit, including colonoscopy, capsule endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). In 2009, Crozer installed high-definition endoscopy equipment that provides physicians with sharper images and better contrast, helping them to better diagnose diseases in the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract.
For more information about Crozer-Keystone gastroenterology services or to schedule an appointment for an endoscopy procedure or with a gastroenterologist, visit http://gi.crozerkeystone.org.
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. For more information, visit http://www.asge.org.