As part of its Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has recently acknowledged the endoscopy unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center for its adherence to ASGE safety guidelines and commitment to quality assurance in endoscopy. The Medical Center's endoscopy unit was one of 33 units in the United States to be honored with this distinction.
The UMMC endoscopy unit received this honor upon providing evidence of a recent and successful accreditation by a recognized accrediting body and completing an educational course which reviewed guidelines regarding quality endoscopic care.
The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscopy reprocessing and CDC infection control guidelines. Upon completion of the program, units receive an ASGE "Certificate of Recognition" for promoting quality in endoscopy. This symbol can be displayed to let patients and referring physicians know that the endoscopy unit is dedicated to delivering high-quality endoscopic care and has received specialized training around these principles. To date, only 167 endoscopy units have been recognized by ASGE, which is recognized for its dedication to quality patient care and the advancement of digestive health in gastrointestinal endoscopy.