September 30 2009 - TMF Endoscopy Center Receives Recognition

For Immediate Release

September 30, 2009

Contact:
John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542
moorej@tmfhs.org

TRINITY MOTHER FRANCES ENDOSCOPY CENTER RECEIVES RECOGNITION

TYLER, TX – The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized the Trinity Mother Frances Endoscopy Center as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. The Trinity Mother Frances Endoscopy Center is one of 134 endoscopy units to be granted the recognition in 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.

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.

“We are honored to be recognized by ASGE for our efforts to enhance quality and safety in our endoscopy unit,” said Kai Xia, MD, Chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. “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 134 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 and quality.”

About the Program

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.

About Trinity Mother Frances Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy

910 E. Houston, Suite 550 Tyler, Texas 75702-- (903) 510-8718.

Trinity Mother Frances Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy offers comprehensive services that provide a continuum of care for patients with digestive and liver diseases. Using some of the most advanced and effective treatment strategies, physicians are able to offer individualized care for patients, from diagnosis through treatment. The department works in seamless collaboration with two outstanding institutes; UT Southwestern Medical Center and Baylor University Medical Center for combined evaluation and management of liver transplantation. The department also participates in both local and national clinical research in an effort to provide patients with the most effective treatment available.

The Center's physician group includes fellowship-trained gastroenterologists Kai Xia, MD, PhD, Chief of Trinity Mother Frances Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy; Feng Li, MD; Sauyu Lin, MD; Donald E. Rawls, MD, Scott T. Satterfield, MD and Shou Jiang Tang, MD, Medical Director of the Trinity Mother Frances Endoscopy Center. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.tmfhs.org/gastro.

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 constantly reinforces the importance of quality among its members through member communications and its CME courses.

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Founded in 1941, the mission of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is to be the leader in advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with nearly 11,000 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 www.asge.org and www.screen4coloncancer.org for more information.

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