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Your Gastroenterologist Matters

Finding the right gastroenterologist means finding the one who delivers the highest quality digestive care to each and every patient.

Let us show you how ours stack up.

Digestive Health Center is proud to have some of the region’s premier gastroenterologists on staff. An elite group of thought leaders and prominent digestive health practitioners, the physicians that see patients at Digestive Health Center help us make good on our promise to remain an outstanding gastroenterology facility in both research and quality of care in the GI field.

We are committed to ensuring the highest quality care and best outcomes for our patients. That’s why we utilize the premier GI quality registry, GIQuIC, to track our quality measures.

We compare our results to the benchmarks set by the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

The numbers speak for themselves

Adenoma Detection Rate

An adenoma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor that can progress to become malignant (cancerous). The purpose of removing adenomas is to prevent colon cancer. The adenoma detection rate (ADR) is the most important quality indicator, and it describes the percentage of patients in whom adenomatous polyps are identified by the physician performing the colonoscopy. The higher the percentage, the better the physician is at identifying and removing adenomas.

Why does this matter?

The higher the center’s physician’s ADR, the more likely it will be that adenomas can be identified and removed, reducing your risk for colon cancer.

Both cecal intubation rate and withdrawal time are key to measuring the thoroughness of the colonoscopy examination performed.

Cecal Intubation Rate

The cecum is a pouch that connects the small and large intestines. The cecal intubation rate is the percentage of times the physician visualizes the cecum.

Why does this matter?

This quality indicator is important because it documents that the provider is examining the entire colon. There may be many reasons the provider is unable to reach the cecum, including poor bowel preparation and lack of experience of the provider.

Withdrawal Time

The withdrawal time is the time it takes to remove the scope from the colon when no polyps are found. The goal is at least 6 minutes.

Why does this matter?

You want the physician to do a thorough exam. Increasing the amount of time viewing the colon during withdrawal has been shown to increase the number of pre-cancerous polyps found, thus reducing a patient’s risk of cancer.

Nationally Accredited Endoscopy Centers

Digestive Health Center meets or exceeds all state and federal guidelines for quality. All of our gastroenterologists are board certified, and the center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Heath Care (AAAHC). This accreditation shows that we voluntarily seek and meet stringent national standards for health care quality and safety.

National Benchmarks are based on QUALITY INDICATORS FOR GI ENDOSCOPIC PROCEDURES, 2015, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; Volume 81; No 1

* Includes data for 9 physicians. Ask your physician for more information.