National Accreditation and Recognition

National Accreditation and Recognition

Our physicians are ranked among the top in the nation in patient care outcomes and quality measures. We are ranked among the top in the nation in adenoma detection rate, an important measure of quality and efficacy of colonoscopy. Clinical studies have shown that high adenoma detection rate reduces the risk of colon cancer and death from colon cancer by over 40%. Physicians at Valley Gastroenterology and Endoscopy hold national and state leadership positions. Dr. Ratnakar serves as the Governor of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and is a member of the task force of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) on Innovations in Endoscopy.

Our endsocopy services have as been accreditated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and certified by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). Accreditation distinguishes Valley Endoscopy from other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation. Status as an accredited organization means Valley Endoscopy has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care. Valley Endoscopy is the only facility of its kind in the Ohio Valley that is AAAHC and ASGE certified. We are one of only two facilites in West Virginia that is certified by the ASGE. Accreditation means that premier independent not-for-profit organizations have closely examined our facility and procedures. It means we as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible. Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services. Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to strive to continuously improve the quality of care we provide.

About the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care: Founded in 1979, the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation in the United States. AAAHC accredits a variety of organizations including, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, endoscopy centers, student health centers, military health care clinics, and large medical and dental practices. AAAHC serves as an advocate for the provision of high-quality health care through the development of nationally recognized standards and through its survey and accreditation programs. AAAHC accreditation is recognized as a symbol of quality by third-party payers, medical organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies and the public.

About the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 13,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education.

About the American College of Gastroenterology: Founded in 1932, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) is an organization with an international membership of more than 12,000 individuals from 80 countries. The College is committed to serving the clinically oriented digestive disease specialist through its emphasis on scholarly practice, teaching and research. The mission of the College is to serve the evolving needs of physicians in the delivery of high quality, scientifically sound, humanistic, ethical, and cost-effective health care to gastroenterology patients.