The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized Riverside Peninsula Gastroenterology as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. Riverside Regional Medical Center's Endoscopy Unit is one of 272 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," said Mark A. Titus, M.D., Riverside Peninsula Gastroenterology. "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," Dr. Titus added.
Upon completion of the program, units receive an ASGE "Certificate of Recognition" for promoting quality in endoscopy. 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. For more information, call Riverside Peninsula Gastroenterology at (757) 599-6333.
Published: December 10, 2010