Mohawk Valley Endoscopy Center achieves AAAHC Accreditation

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Mohawk Valley Endoscopy Center has achieved re-accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this ambulatory surgery center specializing in endoscopy from many 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 MVEC has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 6,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care.

The surveyor who recently evaluated MVEC found it to be in compliance with every standard; there were no deficiencies identified. She was very impressed with the involvement of the physician owners, the experience of the management team, and the quality care provided by the nursing and anesthesia staff. At the survey summation, the surveyor stated that “this facility is a model for how it should be done.”

“We believe our patients deserve the best. Going through this rigorous evaluation challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients, and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to continuously improve the quality of care we provide,” said Dr Norman Neslin, Medical Director of Mohawk Valley Endoscopy Center.

MVEC is a collaborative service provided by Digestive Disease Medicine, Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center. MVEC offers outpatient gastroenterology services, including colonoscopy and gastroscopy. The center utilizes high definition endoscopes, integrating the best monitoring equipment, computer software and high resolution imaging to provide high quality documentation of procedures, and detailed reports for the patients and their primary care physicians. 

Procedures are performed with the assistance of a board certified anesthesiologist and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). The physician group is comprised of seven doctors: Richard Cherpak, M.D., Norman Neslin, M.D., Robert Pavelock, M.D., Bradley Sklar, M.D. ,Stanley Weiselberg, M.D., Harvey Allen, M.D., and Emil Miskovsky, M.D. All are board certified in gastroenterology, and members of Digestive Disease Medicine, a respected group providing care in Central New York since 1984. According to Dr Neslin, “The goal is to provide sophisticated, safe and expert care in a friendly and welcoming environment. The center is designed with the patient and their family in mind, and we are very proud to offer this level of care to our community.”

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