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Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Endoscopy Unit Recognized by Leading Gastrointestinal Medical Society for Quality and Safety

December 7, 2021

Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Endoscopy Unit Recognized by Leading Gastrointestinal Medical Society for Quality and Safety
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – December 6, 2021 – The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized the Endoscopy Unit at Saint Peter’s University Hospital as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that have demonstrated a commitment to patient safety and quality in endoscopy as evidenced by meeting the program’s rigorous criteria, which includes following the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) infection control guidelines and ensuring endoscopy staff competency. Saint Peter’s Endoscopy Unit is one of more than 600 endoscopy units to be granted the recognition since 2009.
 
According to Arkady Broder, MD, FACG, FASGE, chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, “We are honored to be recognized by ASGE for our efforts to enhance quality and safety in our Endoscopy Unit. Through ongoing education and continued compliance with the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program requirements, we have demonstrated our commitment to delivering quality and safety as an integral part of our unit policies, credentialing, staff training and competency assessment and quality improvement activities. The timing of this recognition is especially meaningful given the additional safety protocols required during the COVID-19 pandemic, again reassuring patients that should diagnostic testing be necessary, Saint Peter’s has a rigorous system of protocols and best practices in place to ensure patient safety at all times.”
 
To be recognized by ASGE, a unit, through a peer-reviewed application process, must attest to the continued competence of all staff relative to their roles, demonstrate the adoption of unit policies specific to ongoing assessment of performance relative to key quality indicators, and attest that the unit has established infrastructure and personnel dedicated to infection control and prevention.
 
“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 Lukejohn Day, 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.”
 
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.”
 
The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Saint Peter’s offers expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide spectrum of disorders of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, as well as the pancreas, liver and biliary tract including heartburn, Barrett’s disease, swallowing disorders, ulcer disease,
celiac disease, pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, bile duct and gallbladder disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, viral hepatitis, fatty liver disease and alcohol-related liver diseases.
 
Endoscopy is performed in Saint Peter’s Endoscopy and Same Day Services suite by specially-trained physicians using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Using flexible, thin tubes called endoscopes, physicians are able to access the digestive tract without incisions.  Saint Peter’s staff annually performs thousands of minimally invasive endoscopic procedures include upper endoscopy, colonoscopy and small bowel capsule. To learn more or to make an appointment, please visit saintpetershcs.com/gastroenterology.  

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About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s, which received its sixth consecutive designation as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020, is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology, head and neck surgery, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a nationally recognized Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction. The hospital offers a midwifery service and the brand-new state-of-the-art Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit saintpetershcs.com or call 732-745-8600.
 
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 14,000 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 and to find a qualified doctor in your area.

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