The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Oak Brook, Ill- January, 2009- The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized TRI-STATE DIGESTIVE DISORDER CENTER, ASC (known as TSDDC) located in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, as part of its new program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. Tri-State Digestive Disorder Center is one of 56 endoscopy units to be granted the recognition in 2009. This recognition is valid for the next three years. 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 Ross McHenry, M.D. of TSDDC. He continued, "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. The Physicians and Staff of TSDDC remain committed to providing the highest quality care through continuous quality improvement."

Upon completion of the program, units receive an ASGE "Certificate of Recognition" for promoting quality in endoscopy.

"ASGE received an outstanding response to this program, and we are delighted to be recognizing the first recipients from 56 endoscopy units, who are working hard every day to provide high-quality care to their patients in a safe environment," said Douglas O. Faigel, MD, FASGE, chairman, ASGE Quality Assurance Task Force. "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. The inaugural course, "Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit," was held on Oct. 17-18, 2008, in Oak Brook, Ill., at ASGE's Institute for Training and Technology.

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, such as emails and newsletters, and its CME courses, including "Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit". To learn more about the ASGE visit their website at www.asge.org.