Northside Recognized Nationally for GI Quality

Posted on: September 30, 2015


The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has recognized Northside Hospital once again for promoting quality and safety in gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy.  The leading GI medical society presented Northside with three-year renewal recognition awards for its seven endoscopy units in Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, Roswell and Sandy Springs.  Northside is the only hospital-based endoscopy program in Metro Atlanta to receive this recognition.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from ASGE for a third time,” said Betty McGinty, RN, MSHSA, CGRN, director of Northside’s Advanced Center for GI Therapeutics.  “The dedicated team of board-certified physicians, nurses and GI technicians in our endoscopy units works hard every day to provide high-quality care and safety to our patients.  This recognition is a direct result of their efforts.”

Endoscopy is a non-surgical procedure used to examine a patient’s GI tract.  A thin, flexible tube (endoscope), with its own light source and camera, is passed easily through the GI tract.  The video from the camera appears on a TV monitor, allowing a specially trained physician to diagnose disease and determine the best course of treatment.

At Northside, more than 19,635 patients  are seen annually in the hospital’s GI Endoscopy Units.  A full range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are performed including upper endoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangio pancreatograpy (ERCP), colonoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), ablation therapy and high-resolution manometry.

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.

Read more about Northside Hospital’s GI services.

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