Page ContentNationally Accredited Endoscopy Only five endoscopy units in the Greater Houston area have received national recognition for superior quality and safety by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and Kelsey-Seybold is among them.The Endoscopy Units at Kelsey-Seybold’s Main Campus Clinic and Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center have received ASGE certificate of recognition for successfully meeting strict requirements for physician and staff qualifications, quality assurance, infection control and patient safety.“The ASGE Excellence Award is confirmation of the long history of high quality care in Gastroenterology at Kelsey Seybold that dates to Dr. John Kelsey,” said Dr. Ned Snyder, Chief of Gastroenterology. “Congratulations to the physicians, nurses, technicians, and administrative staff at our Main Campus and Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center locations. Their hard work and devotion to our patients is the reason we received this prestigious award.”“We’re very proud of this achievement,” said Beverly Hutchings, R.N., director of Ambulatory Services at Main Campus and Spring. “This certificate lets our patients know that Kelsey-Seybold is committed to quality and safety.”Exceeding the StandardsSince Kelsey-Seybold’s Gastroenterology (GI) department holds itself to the same standards of endoscopic care required by the ASGE, applying for a certificate of recognition made sense. The application was reviewed over a six-month period by an ASGE review committee and then the ASGE governing board. THE APPLICATION PROCESS CONSISTED OF GATHERING AND SUBMITTING THE FOLLOWING:Proof of successful and current accreditation by a recognized accrediting body (e.g., AAAHC)Confirmation that at least one representative of the unit has completed the ASGE recognition course, “Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit.”Verification from the Chief of Gastroenterology that ASGE and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines are in alignment with Kelsey-Seybold policies and that there’s a through understanding of potential risks; andDemonstrating advanced training in gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures.