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Published on January 23, 2013

UHS safety, quality recognized by national endoscopy group



The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has recognized the endoscopy laboratories at both UHS Wilson and UHS Binghamton General for demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality.

This national recognition requires adherence to rigorous criteria, including quality assurance, infection control guidelines (as set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and ensuring endoscopy staff competency. 

Gregory Scagnelli, MD, medical director of Endoscopy Services at UHS Hospitals, noted that the process staff completed to gain the recognition was rigorous.

"I credit JoAnn DeRoche, BSN, RN, CGRN, nurse manager, and the lab staff members who were responsible for completing the comprehensive process necessary to gain this recognition," he said. "This is a three-year recognition honoring our adherence to demanding quality standards, which we are proud to embrace.”

Dr. Scagnelli added: “What this means for patients is that our lab meets the highest quality and safety standards.”

He acknowledged that this recognition is an important component of the UHS aim to put patients at the center of care throughout the UHS healthcare system.

“High-quality, patient-centered care performed by high-functioning teams is our goal," he said.


UHS is a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and healthcare system serving Greater Binghamton and surrounding counties. Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services from more than 60 locations around New York’s Southern Tier.


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