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February 22, 2018


Shenandoah Valley Gastroenterology Center, PLLC Newest Collaborator in National Quality Improvement Registry "GIQuIC" Measures Quality of Endoscopy Services


Dr. Javier A. Pou, FACG, Gastroenterologist

HARRISONBURG VIRGINIA, February 22, 2018 — Shenandoah Valley Gastroenterology Center, PLLC announced that they have joined a national data registry to track and document the quality of colonoscopy, a medical examination of the digestive tract. The new quality initiative, the Gastrointestinal Quality Improvement Consortium, Ltd., or GIQuIC, is a non-profit collaboration whose objective is to provide reliable and relevant measures of endoscopic quality that give physicians meaningful information they can use to improve patient care.

GIQuIC provides valid comparative information about the quality of endoscopic services, such as colonoscopy, at Shenandoah Valley Gastroenterology Center, PLLC to support their quality improvement priorities. Physicians there can track and compare their endoscopic performance to determine how it measures up to expert standards.

Using GIQuIC, physicians from Shenandoah Valley Gastroenterology Center, PLLC can grade their endoscopic performance and compare it to their peers on a local, regional or national scale. The program documents the quality of care provided during a colonoscopy by tracking how well the physician does in terms of seeing the entire colon, finding growths or polyps, and in the rare instance, reporting any complications.

"We are committed to tracking, measuring and reporting our quality because we believe benchmarking will improve the quality of our endoscopic exams and ultimately improve patient outcomes," said Marie Dellon, MPA of Shenandoah Valley Gastroenterology Center, PLLC. "Contributing patient data to GIQuIC is just one way our practice strives to put patients first. GIQuIC is a measurable way we can demonstrate our care for patient health and safety," she added.

GIQuIC is non-profit partnership established by two national medical groups, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).

The initial objective will be to develop measures for quality in colonoscopy, with additional measures added at a later date. GIQuIC, in partnership with Outcome Sciences®, operates the national GI endoscopy data repository.

Outcome Sciences brings its extensive experience and broad expertise in outcomes studies to power GIQuIC in its mission to establish recognized standards for high quality GI endoscopic procedures and other key GI conditions and provide benchmarking reports for gastroenterologists. Founded in 1998, Cambridge, Mass.-based Outcome Sciences is a leader in developing registries and conducting research and quality improvement initiatives.

About GIQuIC — GIQuIC collects essential data following evidence-based quality indicators and key performance metrics derived from a joint report by ACG and ASGE entitled, "Quality Indicators for Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Procedures." The program documents the quality of care provided by tracking how well the physician does in terms of seeing the entire colon, finding growths or polyps, and in the rare instance, reporting any complications, among numerous other quality indicators. For additional information about GIQuIC visit www.giquic.org.

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Javier A. Pou, MD recognized by leading gastrointestinal medical society for eduction achievement

Javier Pou, MD is recognized as a physician dedicated to pursuing education in endoscopy and furthering his ability to provide the most effective patient care.


www.giejournal.org, 2014 — The ASGE Education Achievement Program (EAP) is designed to recognize and reward physicians who are dedicated to pursuing education in ednoscopy and furthering their ability to provide the most effective patient care. These physicians have completed extensive endoscopy-related education, including demonstration of skills training, inscreased scientific knowledge and reflection on learning. ASGE congratulates the current EAP recipients.

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January 3, 2013


Javier Pou, MD recognized by leading gastrointestinal medical society for education achievement


STAUNTON, VA – January 3, 2013 – Shenandoah Valley Gastroenterology has two locations, Waynesboro and Harrisonburg. Dr. Pou is a diplomate of the American Society of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He did his undergraduate studies at Bridgewater College of Virginia where he fell in love with the community of the Shenandoah Valley. Dr. Pou served as one of the first Hospitalists at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in 2003. He was also involved in the development of the gastroenterology service at Augusta Health in 2009 while setting a reputation for quality and excellence. In the past he has been recognized by the American College of Physician and American Society of Internal Medicine and presented in local and national scientific meetings. Dr. Pou's multifaceted background and familiarity with the Shenandoah Valley continues to shape his individualized approach to patient care in private practice.

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November 19, 2012


Javier A. Pou, MD
recognized by leading gastrointestinal medical society
for eduction achievement

Javier A. Pou, MD recognized by leading gastrointestinal medical society for eduction achievement

OAK BROOK, IL – November 19, 2012 – The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized Javier A. Pou, MD as part of its program to recognize and reward ASGE members who are dedicated to improving their clinical and professional practice in endoscopy. The ASGE Education Achievement Program is designed to acknowledge physicians who are dedicated to pursuing education in endoscopy and improving their ability to provide the most effective care for their patients.

"Dr. Pou is an asset to our community. We are proud of his commitment to continuing his medical education in order to provide the best care possible for patients. His efforts are recognized by the ASGE," says Amy Burkhardt, proprietor of Blue Sky eSolutions, a marketing firm in Harrisonburg.

"Continuing Medical Education (CME) shouldn’t just be about the number of credits. ASGE wants to acknowledge those physicians who are demonstrating a commitment to improving their own practice and patient care," said Amitabh Chak, MD, FASGE, chair of the ASGE CME Programs Committee. "This program offers participants an opportunity to evaluate their education, assess how it has impacted their practice and identify future needs."

Shenandoah Valley Gastroenterology has two locations, Waynesboro - 540-946-1662 and Harrisonburg - 540-437-0087. Dr. Pou is a diplomate of the American Society of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He did his undergraduate studies at Bridgewater College of Virginia where he fell in love with the community of the Shenandoah Valley. Dr. Pou served as one of the first Hospitalists at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in 2003. He was also involved in the development of the gastroenterology service at Augusta Health in 2009 while setting a reputation for quality and excellence. In the past he has been recognized by the American College of Physician and American Society of Internal Medicine, and presented in local and national scientific meetings. Dr. Pou's multifaceted background and familiarity with the Shenandoah Valley continues to shape his individualized approach to patient care in private practice.

About Endoscopy

Endoscopy is performed by specially-trained physicians called endoscopists using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Using flexible, thin tubes called endoscopes, endoscopists are able to access the human digestive tract without incisions via natural orifices. Endoscopes are designed with high-intensity lighting and fitted with precision devices that allow viewing and treatment of the gastrointestinal system.

Javier A. Pou, MD recognized by leading gastrointestinal medical society for eduction achievement

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