Yakima Gastroenterology Associates recognized by national organization for quality and safety

YAKIMA – The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized Yakima Gastroenterology Associates as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. Yakima Gastroenterology is one of only 215 endoscopy units to be granted the recognition since 2009.

“We are honored to be recognized by ASGE for our efforts to enhance quality and safety in our endoscopy unit,” said Ken Eakin, practice administrator at Yakima Gastroenterology.

The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscopy reprocessing and CDC infection control guidelines and have completed specialized training on principles in quality and safety in endoscopy.

Kelly Valentine RN, Nurse Manager at YGA says the designation should give patients peace of mind. “The program course on improving quality and safety provided us with valuable knowledge to continue to give our patients the safest and best care possible.”

About the Program
To successfully complete the program and receive a Certificate of Recognition, a center must show proof of successful and current accreditation by a recognized accrediting body (AAAHC, Joint Commission); sign an attestation affirming that certain ASGE and CDC guidelines are adopted as minimum requirements of the unit policy; and have a representative of the unit complete the ASGE Recognition Course, “Improving Quality and Safety In Your Endoscopy Unit.” The Certificate of Recognition award is granted for a three-year renewable period.

The program is applicable to all settings in the United States where endoscopy is practiced, including office-based endoscopy units, hospital-based endoscopy units, and stand-alone ambulatory endoscopy or surgery centers.

Yakima Gastroenterology Associates started in Yakima in 2001 by a group of doctors who wanted to create a more intensely specialized place where residents of the Yakima Valley and surrounding communities could come for gastrointestinal issues. It is a member of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s family of services. YGA is located at 3909 Creekside Loop in Yakima.

'Project Search' Graduation


By Ian Cull. Published Friday, June 4th, 2010

A class of teens with special needs are now proud members of the workforce. They graduated from “Project Search” which runs through Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. It prepares teenagers with disabilities to transition into jobs. The students build communication and problem solving skills. The students received diplomas and celebrated with classmates and family Friday. Project Search began at Memorial Hospital in 2007. It graduates 10-12 students each year.