Athens Endoscopy, LLC
Dr. Gregory S. Smith is performing procedures in his very own ambulatory surgical center. Athens Endoscopy, LLC (AE) is
JACHO/Joint Commission/Medicare certified and provides a
relaxing atmosphere with professional and friendly staff. At last you can not only have a procedure to meet your health care needs,
but also enjoy the tranquility and comfort of this spa-like atmosphere. Athens Endoscopy,
LLC is also offering
CareCredit for qualifying persons. Find out how cost effective it is at Athens Endoscopy, LLC!
What does it mean to be certified by Joint Comission?
ASGE EURP Recognition Program
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, recognizes endoscopy units that have been dedicated to patient safety and quality in endoscopy as evidence by meeting the program’s rigorous criteria. This includes following ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing, CDC infection control guidelines and ensuring endoscopy staff competency.
Athens Endoscopy, LLC received its recognition certification from ASGE in July 15, 2017 and is a unit of good standing in this program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy in all settings where it is practiced in the United States.
Athens Endoscopy, LLC is one of more than 400 endoscopy units to be granted the recognition since 2009.
– “We are honored to be recognized by ASGE for our efforts to enhance quality and safety in our endoscopy unit,” said Dr. Gregory Smith. “Through ongoing education and continued compliance with the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program requirements, we demonstrate our dedication to the delivery of high-quality patient care.”
For a unit to be recognized through a peer-reviewed application process, it must attest to ASGE guidelines for high-quality care and safety to ensure the best outcome for patients. The unit must assert 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 where endoscopy is practiced, including office- and hospital-based endoscopy units, stand-alone ambulatory endoscopy or surgery centers in United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
“Safety and quality have become increasingly crucial, and our Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program is committed to promoting the highest standards,” said Glenn Eisen, MD, FASGE, chair, ASGE Quality Assurance in Endoscopy Committee. “We are proud to acknowledge these endoscopy units for their dedication to patient satisfaction, ensuring infection control principles are adhered to and continually assessing the competency of staff. ASGE-recognized units contribute to the public’s confidence in endoscopy, a life-saving 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 continually reinforces the importance of quality among its members through member communications, such as emails and newsletters, and its courses, including "Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit.”
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About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy since it’s 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. Endoscopy is performed by specially-trained physicians called endoscopists using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Using flexible, thin tubes called endoscopes, endoscopists are able to access the human digestive tract without incisions via natural orifices. Endoscopes are designed with high-intensity lighting and fitted with precision devices that allow viewing and treatment of the gastrointestinal system.