Front, L-R: Khizar Ahsan, MD; Silvia Castillo-Sy, MD; Jose Rodriguez, MD;
and Valeska Balderas, MD. Back, L-R: Victor Gutierrez, Joel Ramos, Luis
Pena, and Belinda Casarez.
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized Mission
Regional Medical Center as part of its program specifically dedicated
to promoting quality and safety in endoscopy.
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 Javier Iruegas,
CEO of Mission Regional Medical Center. “The program course on improving
quality and safety provided us with best-practice models to continue to
give our patients the safest and most effective care possible.”
Upon completion of the program, units receive an ASGE "Certificate
of Recognition" for promoting quality in endoscopy.
“This recognition shows we are doing a great job for the community
in providing endoscopy services,” said Gastroenterologist
Jose Rodriguez, MD, FACP. “This is an important step forward and a great achievement. We
will continue to work hard to bring state-of-the-art services to our community.”
“ASGE is delighted to be recognizing Mission Regional Medical Center,
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 Mission Regional Medical Center through our Endoscopy Unit
Recognition Program for their commitment to promoting the highest standards
of safety and quality.”
“It is a remarkable feeling. You work hard every day and to be recognized
for the work that you enjoy doing is indeed a special honor. One that
will be a point of pride for me as a health care provider for years to
come,” said Anthony Lopez, a Registered Nurse, nationally certified
in gastroenterology (CGRN) and Clinical Coordinator of the Endoscopy Unit
at Mission Regional Medical Center.
Endoscopy Saves Lives
Gastroenterology represents a branch of medicine dealing with the study
of disorders affecting the stomach, intestines, and associated organs.
Endoscopes are tools used to exam those parts of the body. Endoscopy includes
the examination of the
upper gastrointestinal track (for the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum), the
colonoscope (for the colon), and the bronchoscope (for the bronchial tubes). Endoscopes
can reach formerly inaccessible sites, while causing much less discomfort.
Attachments can take tissue samples, excise polyps and small tumors, and
remove foreign objects.
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.”