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Published on May 21, 2015

Billings Clinic granted renewed recognition for quality and safety by leading gastrointestinal medical society

Billings, MT— The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recently granted a three-year renewal recognition for quality and safety to Billings Clinic as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy. Billings Clinic is one of 450 endoscopy units to be granted the recognition since 2009. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that have demonstrated a commitment to patient safety and quality as evidenced by 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.

“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.”

To be recognized by ASGE, a unit, through a peer-reviewed application process, must attest to the 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. Upon completion of the program, successful applicants are awarded ASGE’s Certificate of Recognition of Quality in Endoscopy.  The certificate is granted for a three-year renewable period.

For more information, visit www.asge.org.

About 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.”

About Billings Clinic

Billings Clinic is Montana’s largest health care organization and serves a vast geographical region covering much of Montana, northern Wyoming and the western Dakotas. At its core, Billings Clinic is a physician led, integrated multi-specialty group practice with a 285-bed hospital and Level II trauma center.  Billings Clinic has over 3,880 employees, including more than 400 physicians and advanced practitioners offering more than 50 specialties.  Billings Clinic partners with 11 Critical Access Hospitals and clinics in the region and conducts nearly 100 specialty care clinics per month at 22 different regional locations for residents of rural Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota.   Physician leadership is embedded in the organization with a physician CEO and through its internal and community governing boards that have physician members.  Billings Clinic is consistently recognized nationally for excellent performance in patient quality, safety, and service and became Montana’s first Magnet-designated organization for nursing excellence.  Billings Clinic launched Montana’s first Internal Medicine Residency program in 2014 as it increases a commitment in its mission to advancing education.

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