Endoscopy Program at Texas Health HEB Earns National Recognition
08/12/2013

BEDFORD, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford has received national recognition from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) for its commitment to patient safety, quality and evidence-based practices in gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy.

Texas Health HEB’s Endoscopy and Special Procedures Unit was honored through the ASGE’s Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program (EURP). Texas Health HEB is the only facility in Texas Health Resources honored with this national distinction and among only a handful in the Metroplex, according to Jay Yepuri, M.D., medical director of the Endoscopy and Special Procedures Unit and a gastroenterologist on the hospital’s medical staff and with Digestive Health Associates of Texas P.A.

“This prestigious recognition means GI endoscopy at Texas Health HEB meets the highest evidence-based standards in terms of credentialing, patient care and infection control,” said Yepuri. “Patients can know all the board-certified gastroenterologists on the hospital’s medical staff practice according to the professional guidelines established by the ASGE.”

Endoscopy is a procedure in which a physician uses a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope to examine the lining of both the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine (colon). Gastroenterologists use endoscopy to evaluate and treat conditions of both the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract.

Texas Health HEB received the EURP certification after meeting the program's rigorous criteria, which includes following the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing, CDC infection control guidelines, and staff training and competency.

“The ASGE recognition lets patients and referring physicians know that staff members of Texas Health HEB’s Endoscopy and Special Procedures Unit are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of endoscopic care and have received specialized training to accomplish this,” said Richard Galich, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A., endoscopy nurse manager.

“The certification would not be possible without the joint efforts and collaboration of Dr. Yepuri and Carrie Andersen, endoscopy nurse supervisor, along with the entire GI department,” said Galich.

Currently approximately 450 units that include office-based, hospital-based, stand-alone ambulatory endoscopy or surgery centers have received the prestigious three-year certification.

To learn more about gastrointestinal endoscopy services at Texas Health HEB, visit www.TexasHealth.org/HEB.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is a 304-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. The hospital’s services include women’s services, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology unit, comprehensive cardiac services (including cardiac rehabilitation), and behavioral health services through Texas Health Springwood Hospital. Texas Health HEB recently received Level III Trauma Center designation as well as dual accreditation as a Cycle IV Chest Pain Center and Heart Failure Center. The hospital also is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, certified as a Primary Stroke Center and designated as a "Baby Friendly" facility by WHO and UNICEF.Texas Health HEB is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/HEB.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.