Rutland Regional’s Endoscopy Unit Recognized by Leading Gastrointestinal Medical Society for Quality & Safety
RUTLAND, VT – “We did it again!” was the enthusiastic refrain from the Endoscopy team at Rutland Regional Medical Center upon receiving the news that they were once again recognized by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), for achieving and maintaining the high standards for quality and safety.
“We are a very close-knit team and that atmosphere lends itself to being able to attain and maintain exceptional quality standards,” said practice manager Tia Long, MS, RN. “A lot of credit goes to Cindy Mullin, RN, who worked extremely hard to maintain this certification and submit the proper documentation to ASGE.”
ASGE is a leading gastrointestinal medical society, and the three-year renewal recognition is part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. The Endoscopy Unit at Rutland Regional is one of just 600 endoscopy units to be granted the recognition since 2009 and, once again, is the only endoscopy unit in Vermont to attain ASGE recognition.
“I am certainly proud of our staff and nurses,” said Joseph Williams, MD, FACG of the Endoscopy Unit. “Receiving the ASGE recognition, and being the only one in Vermont, is a nice pin in our hat certainly, but more importantly it reflects our dedication to providing the best experience and the best care for our patients.”
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, CDC infection control guidelines and ensuring endoscopy staff competency.
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 an established infrastructure and personnel dedicated to infection control and prevention. The program is applicable to all settings in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands where endoscopy is practiced, including office-based endoscopy units, hospital-based endoscopy units, and stand-alone ambulatory endoscopy or surgery centers.
“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.”
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.
About Rutland Regional’s Endoscopy Services
The Endoscopy Unit at Rutland Regional is the second largest in the state of Vermont and is recognized by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) for providing quality care. The skilled staff us use state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose and treat a range of common and complex digestive conditions, such as diverticulitis, Barrett’s syndrome, gastrointestinal bleeds, and all types of inflammatory bowel disease. Endoscopy Services perform a full range of outpatient diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures, including: colonoscopy, upper intestinal endoscopy, bonchoscopy, feeding tube insertion, lung biopsies, flexible sigmoidoscopy.
About Rutland Regional Medical Center
Rutland Regional Medical Center, founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.
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In the Photo:
Bottom Row: Sara McDonald, RN, Tia Long, RN, Leader, Cindy Mullin, RN, Jamilah Alves, RN, Sam Frank, RN, Kalynn McKirryher, RN
Top Row: Dr. Michael Gleeson, Kristina Paine, RN, Eileen Kepler, RN, Luanne Murray, RN, Ray Albanese, Endo Tech, Peg DeNicola, RN, Dr. Joseph Williams
Missing: Will Bogertman, RN, Dr. Audrey Dudzik, Dr. Michael Hurtado, Dr. Brad Jimmo, Dr. Matthew Conway