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For Immediate Release:
March 1, 2012


Charlton Memorial Hospital recognized for quality and safety in endoscopy


FALL RIVER, Mass — Southcoast Hospitals Group announced today that the Endoscopy Unit at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River has been recognized by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy in all settings where it is practiced in the United States.

"We are honored to be recognized by ASGE for our efforts to enhance quality and safety in our endoscopy unit," said Paul Iannini, MD, Physician-In-Chief for Medicine. "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."

An endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic medical procedure that 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.

The Endoscopy Unit at Charlton Memorial Hospital is specially designed and equipped with the latest endoscopic technology. Patients receive all of their care in a comfortable and convenient setting.

The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's infection control guidelines and have completed specialized training on principles in quality and safety in endoscopy.

Upon completion of the program, units receive an ASGE "Certificate of Recognition" for promoting quality in endoscopy.

"ASGE is delighted to be recognizing Charlton Memorial's endoscopy unit, whose staff work hard every day to provide high-quality care to their patients in a safe environment," said Bret T. Petersen, MD, FASGE, chair, ASGE Quality Assurance in Endoscopy Committee. "There continues to be an outstanding response to this program. We are proud to acknowledge ASGE members through our Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program for their commitment to promoting the highest standards of safety and quality."

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 in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with nearly 12,000 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 and to find a qualified doctor in your area.


Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-961-5280
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poyants@southcoast.org



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It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

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