A new, state-of-the-art laboratory at Keck Medical Center of USC provides all endoscopy services in one designated setting.
The Advanced Center for Endoscopy provides patients a more comfortable and versatile setting for endoscopic procedures and studies while also giving treatment teams access to the field’s most advanced technology.
Opened in January, the facility is located in Keck Medical Center of USC.
The center provides all endoscopy services in one designated setting, blending teams of surgeons, endoscopists, nurses and admitting staff.
It features eight procedure rooms, one treatment room and a dedicated workspace for physicians.
“When patients walk in, all their needs are met in one localized place,” says Melodie Bishop, RN, the center’s nursing manager.
Dedicated space for high-tech endoscopic care
The space, Bishop says, was designed to enable integration with advanced technology — including new fluoroscopy tables that provide enhanced imaging views and new content management systems for patients and providers to view results.
The center is part of efforts by Keck Medicine of USC to grow and expand the health system’s outpatient procedural spaces. (Keck Medical Center patients will continue to have access to the center on an inpatient basis.)
Before, endoscopy services were provided in various temporary spaces in inpatient care areas of Keck Medical Center, and to outpatient clients checked in through general admitting.
With the presence of a dedicated endoscopy laboratory space, “we’re now able to share resources, equipment and do procedures that we were not able to do 10 years ago,” says Gayane Cabrera, an associate administrator for the center.
“Because of this, we’re able to offer procedures and studies that can keep patients out of surgery.”