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BAYONNE MEDICAL CENTER RECOGNIZED BY LEADING GASTROINTESTINAL MEDICAL SOCIETY FOR QUALITY AND SAFETY
OAK BROOK, Ill. - March 10, 2009 - The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized Bayonne Medical Center as part of its new program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy in the United States. Bayonne Medical Center is one of 56 endoscopy units nationwide 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.
"We are honored to be recognized by ASGE for our efforts to enhance quality and safety in our endoscopy unit. "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, "said Daniel A. Kane, President and CEO of Bayonne Medical Center.
"We are thrilled to be one of the first centers to have this quality recognition from the ASGE. "I am proud to be part of the unit at Bayonne Medical Center and proud of this recognition, "said Dr. Anaka Prakash, Director of the Endoscopy unit.
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.
Bayonne Medical Center's endoscopy department is a three-room state of the art endoscopy unit equipped with full service including fluoroscopy. Our gastroenterologists are certified and boarded in gastroenterology and our nursing staff is nationally certified in GI nursing. Procedures performed range from screening colonoscopy to more complex procedures, including endoscopic ultrasound to diagnose and stage gastrointestinal cancers especially pancreatic cancer and ERCP for removal of bile duct stones and palliation of pancreatic cancer. For more information, please call 201-858-5293.