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Highland Endoscopy Recognized for Quality, Safety

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Highland Endoscopy Center (HEC) at Highland Hospital has been recognized by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) for meeting high quality and safety standards in gastrointestinal endoscopic care. The HEC, which first earned the honor in 2009, is one of more than 400 endoscopy units to be granted the recognition since the program started that same year.

“We are honored to be recognized once again by ASGE for our efforts,” said Pat Forrester, RN, BSN, MS, CGRN, Nurse Manager of the HEC. “Through ongoing education and continued compliance with the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program requirements, we have demonstrated our dedication to the delivery of high-quality patient care.”

To be recognized by ASGE, the HEC underwent a peer-reviewed application process. The HEC demonstrated continued competence of all staff relative to their roles; adoption of unit policies specific to ongoing assessment of quality and performance; and an established infrastructure and personnel dedicated to infection control and prevention. Recognition is granted for a three-year renewable period.

“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 Jonathan Cohen, 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 life-saving technology.”

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 12,000 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 and for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.
About Endoscopy
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.

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