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Metro GI, Dr. Gaston Receive Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®

Dr. Darrien Gaston and Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants has long demonstrated a commitment to excellence and it’s just been confirmed - again - by none other than The Joint Commission.

In August, Dr. Gaston received notice that Metro GI’s accreditation has been renewed for another three years. Dr. Gaston and his staff’s meticulous standards for procedures, performances, processes and policies enabled Metro GI to earn the Gold Seal of Approval® for Office-based Surgery from The Joint Commission, a not-for-profit organization that keeps patient safety and quality of care at the forefront of their standards. 

What exactly is The Joint Commission?

The Joint Commission is the largest and most prestigious accreditation agency in healthcare. The Commission’s standards are determined by health care professionals and providers, experts in particular health care fields, consumers and patients, government agencies and business owners. The standards are based on the latest scientific studies and literature.

“Since its founding in 1951, The Joint Commission has been acknowledged as the leader in developing the highest standards for quality and safety in the delivery of health care, and evaluating organization performance based on these standards. Today, more than 19,000 health care organizations use Joint Commission standards to guide how they administer care and continuously improve performance. The Joint Commission is also the only accrediting organization with the capability and experience to evaluate health care organizations across the continuum of care.” 

What does The Gold Seal of Approval® mean?

Being accredited by The Joint Commission means that Metro GI has gone through an intensive outside review and passed the survey, which includes standards for coordination of care, patient education and training, proper monitoring of patients during procedures that require deep sedation or anesthesia, and postoperative care.

The Gold Seal of Approval® is earned by demonstrating continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s performance standards. It reflects Metro GI’s commitment to providing the highest possible quality of health care services, and to using state-of-the-art strategies to continually improve the safety and quality of that care. 

Accredited facilities have access to The Joint Commission’s expert advice, so staff has more opportunities to learn and develop skills. 

Why should accreditation be important to me?

There are only about 350 organizations that currently maintain Office-Based Surgery Accreditation across the country, so Metro GI is in elite company. When you receive health care at an accredited facility such as Metro GI, you can be confident in the quality of your care. Metro GI and Dr. Gaston don’t just have extremely high standards and goals, but they put those standards and goals into practice every day, providing the highest level of care and service to you. Studies show that accredited facilities do provide better care than non-accredited facilities. 

Accreditation also means that Metro GI isn’t resting on its laurels. Accredited facilities should be on the cutting edge of new strategies. That means the already outstanding care at Metro GI will continue to positively evolve as these new methods come online. You can see the full report here

“We commend Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants and its staff for achieving this pinnacle, demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality,” said Michael Kulczycki, executive director, Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program. 

Achieving Joint Commission accreditation also means Metro GI has gone above and beyond the regulatory requirements for Illinois. 

Can I congratulate Dr. Gaston and Metro GI?

Sure! We’d love to hear from you! Just reply to this email and we’ll know your congratulations are with us as we celebrate the renewal of our Joint Commission accreditation. If you’d like to voice your congratulations, please call. We’d love to hear from you, either way!

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