Having the correct procedure done, by the right physician, at the right facility, is the key to successfully diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal illnesses. Make sure you have the correct information.
Why a Dedicated Endoscopy Center?
The Endoscopy Center is an outpatient facility that provides both comfort and convenience to patients needing GI procedures. In our facility, patients coming in to have procedures done tend to experience less hassle and shorter wait times than those patients using a hospital setting. Hospital outpatient departments cannot always provide the focused attention that GI Associates can as they are trying to accomplish many things at one time. The gastroenterologists at GI Associates strive to do one thing and do it well. We understand that you may be apprehensive about visiting a medical facility. We want to do everything we can to eliminate or reduce any fear associated with your procedure. The purpose of our website is to help you know what to expect when you come in for a visit.
GI Associates understands that your time is precious, and we try to keep our turn-around time between 1-2 hours. Contrast that to the average time spent in the hospital for the same procedure, where the wait can be up to 4 hours. In addition, GI Associates employs two full-time pathologists whose job is to focus solely on gastroenterology and to provide the highest level of care for the patients of GI Associates. These pathologists work toward the goal of completing your pathology within 24 hours of a procedure, and the results and procedure notes are sent to your primary care doctor within 48 hours. GI Associates is your best choice for endoscopic procedures.
The Endoscopy Center allows GI Associates to monitor physician quality indicators such as polyp detection rates, withdrawal times and complications. We use the results to ensure a level of care that is better than the national standard. Many hospitals do not monitor these results and have no oversight into the quality of their services. GI Associates also offers an in-center sedation service that allows patients to experience the safest level of sedation and comfort during a procedure. This is extremely uncommon in a hospital setting where anesthesia services are only used upon request.
The physicians who make up GI Associates are from various parts of the United States and are all board certified in Gastroenterology, having accumulated at least six years of training after medical school. The gastroenterology training experience is far more intense than that undertaken by general surgeons, internists, or family practitioners who decide to add endoscopy to their practices. Our physicians are trained to interpret and treat the conditions they identify and uphold the safest level of endoscopy. This expertise and extensive training are not always present in hospital-based endoscopy and therefore they cannot provide the same level of quality and safety that GI Associates provides. All of our gastroenterologists participate in clinical studies that provide GI Associates with the latest information about medications and scientifically-based therapy. They are recognized nationally as an innovative, progressive practice that provides patients with the most up to date information and treatments.
GI Associates strives to provide excellence in all we do. It is our goal to help diagnose your problems, give you tips on living with specific gastrointestinal diseases, and provide the highest level of comfort and service during your procedures. For your convenience, we have clinics and endoscopy centers in Jackson, Madison, and Vicksburg.