The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recently granted a three-year renewal recognition for quality and safety to Harbin Clinic Gastroenterology Endoscopy & GI Lab in Rome, as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. Harbin Clinic Gastroenterology Endoscopy & GI Lab in Rome is one of more than 600 endoscopy units to be granted the recognition since 2009. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that have demonstrated a commitment to patient safety and quality in endoscopy.

Gastrointestinal endoscopy is a procedure that provides a visual examination of the gastrointestinal system. Harbin Clinic gastroenterologists utilize state-of-the-art, high-definition endoscopic equipment to evaluate, diagnose and treat conditions of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, pancreas, liver and gallbladder.

“We are privileged to be recognized by ASGE for our efforts to enhance quality and safety in our endoscopy unit,” said Harbin Clinic Gastroenterologist Dr. George Goldin. “Our team of dedicated healthcare professionals is committed to delivering high-quality care at every patient encounter. Through ongoing education and compliance with the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program, we continue to demonstrate our investment in this crucial area of patient care.”

To be recognized by ASGE, a clinic, through a peer-reviewed application process, must meet the program’s rigorous criteria, including following ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing, CDC infection control guidelines and ensuring endoscopy staff competency.

An important component of the program is an educational course entitled, “Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit,” that thoroughly reviews related guidelines. Upon completion of the program, successful applicants are awarded honoree status in the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program and receive the ASGE Certificate of Recognition of Quality in Endoscopy.  The certificate is granted for a three-year renewable period.

“We are proud to acknowledge these endoscopy units through our Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program for their commitment to promoting the highest standards of quality and safety,” said Joe Elmunzer, MD, chair, ASGE Quality Assurance in Endoscopy Committee. “By ensuring infection control principles are adhered to, continually assessing the competency of staff, and monitoring patient satisfaction, ASGE honoree units contribute to the public’s confidence in endoscopy, a life-saving technology.”  

ASGE is the profession’s leader in setting standards of excellence in endoscopy through its safety guidelines and the training of its members so that patients receive the best and safest care possible. The Society continually reinforces the importance of quality and safety among its members through member communications, such as emails and newsletters, and its courses, including “Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit.” 

Harbin Clinic Gastroenterology Endoscopy and GI Lab in Rome is comprised of a team of highly-trained medical professionals who are equipped to treat a broad range of digestive health disorders. Patients have convenient access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment options to meet their unique health needs. To learn more about this specialty, visit