Endoscopy Center of Hanover Gastroenterology – NHRMC Physician Group Earns National Accreditation

November 27, 2013

WILMINGTON – The Endoscopy Center of Hanover Gastroenterology – NHRMC Physician Group is pleased to announce their recently earned three-year accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), a distinction that is recognized as a symbol of quality by third-party payers, medical organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies and the public.

AAAHC serves as an advocate for the provision of high-quality healthcare through the development of nationally recognized standards and through its survey and accreditation programs. Ambulatory healthcare organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by a panel of physicians, nurses and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The Endoscopy Center of Hanover Gastroenterology, located at 1415 Medical Center Drive in Wilmington, applied for re-accreditation from the organization after it joined the NHRMC Physician Group in 2012. Practices are required to re-apply following any changes in the practice name.

“We are very pleased to have passed the rigorous inspection and assessment from AAAHC, as we have always been proud of the excellent care we provide, which can also be seen in the outstanding results of the customer satisfaction surveys from patients at the endoscopy center,” says Kevin Gaylord, MD, medical director of the Endoscopy Center. “This accreditation reflects our practice’s commitment to providing the highest quality of care to each of our patients, and we are thrilled to be able to expand our reach to those covered by many insurance providers.”

AAAHC accreditation is an essential benchmark for endoscopy centers, as many insurance payers, including Medicare, require endoscopy centers to earn this accreditation before covering their services. Services provided at the Endoscopy Center of Hanover Gastroenterology – NHRMC Physician Group are covered by a wide range of insurance providers, including Medicare, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beech Street/Private Healthcare Systems/Multiplan Inc., ChoiceCare Network, Humana, Cigna HealthCare of NC, MedCost Benefit Services, Primary PhysicianCare, Coventry and Wellpath/First Health. Federal or state employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield are also covered at the center.
Hanover Gastroenterology specializes in comprehensive digestive health care, including the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the stomach, liver and digestive tract. The practice is backed by the resources of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, a collaboration built on a foundation of advanced technology, expertise and expanded resources to meet all your gastroenterology needs.
The NHRMC Physician Group is committed to providing the highest quality health care to residents of southeastern North Carolina. With more than 150 providers in both primary care and specialty fields, the NHRMC Physician Group's doctors can focus on providing the best medical care to their patients while benefiting from the shared resources of New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  This progressive healthcare partnership means access to some of medicine's best technologies, treatments and specialists is readily available when needed. Services provided include urology, oncology, cardiology, neurology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, psychiatry, urgent care, pediatric specialties, care for hospitalized patients provided by a team of hospitalists, gastroenterology including endoscopy center services, and a full range of women’s health services. To better serve patients' needs, NHRMC Physician Group practices are located throughout southeastern North Carolina. Visit www.nhrmcphysiciangroup.org for a complete list of NHRMC Physician Group physicians.
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation, with more than 5,000 organizations accredited nationwide. AAAHC accredits a variety of organizations including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, endoscopy centers, student health centers, military health care clinics and large medical and dental practices.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 6,000 jobs directly and another 6,000 jobs indirectly.