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Exeter Hospital Recognized by Leading Gastrointestinal Medical Society for Quality and Safety

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized Exeter Hospital for its dedication to promoting quality and safety in endoscopy care.

Exeter Hospital is one of only two hospitals in New Hampshire to receive this quality recognition, and one of approximately 450 endoscopy units nationally to be granted the recognition since 2009. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors providers that have demonstrated a commitment to patient safety and quality in endoscopy as determined in 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.

Endoscopy is performed by specially-trained physicians using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. It is also the procedure used to perform screening colonoscopies, which are the most effective method to detect and often prevent the development of colon cancer.
“Exeter Hospital’s endoscopy team, including providers from its affiliate Core Physicians, strives to provide the highest quality patient care every day,” said Brian Campbell, vice president of ambulatory services at Exeter Hospital.

“We are honored to be recognized by the ASGE for our efforts in delivering high quality outcomes, including high adenoma detection rates, while ensuring patient safety in our endoscopy unit,” said Hillary Tompkins, MD, medical director of endoscopy at Exeter Hospital.

“We are proud to acknowledge these endoscopy units through our Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program for their commitment to promoting the highest standards of safety and quality,” said Jonathan Cohen, MD, FASGE, chair, ASGE Quality Assurance in Endoscopy Committee. “By ensuring infection control principles are adhered to, continually assessing the competency of staff, and monitoring patient satisfaction, ASGE-recognized units contribute to the public’s confidence in endoscopy, a life-saving technology.”

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.