Why Should You Choose San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates & Endoscopy Centers?
As the longest standing gastroenterology group in San Antonio, TX, SAGA is the right choice when it comes to your digestive health care.
It all began more than 35 years ago. Three physicians had a vision to change GI care for better. How did they do this? They built the first freestanding endoscopy center in downtown San Antonio, TX. Its purpose was to deliver care that is convenient and fair, yet top notch to all patients.
Where is SAGA today?
Today, SAGA has sixteen industry-leading gastroenterologists, as well as eight physician offices, and three endoscopy centers spread throughout the metro area. SAGA continues to pave new roads, and break barriers in both research and quality of care in the GI field.
Find out why so many trust SAGA with their digestive health care.
88.9% of patients say that they would recommend San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates to a family member or a friend.
For over three decades, SAGA doctors have diagnosed GI conditions and diseases. All the while, SAGA has maintained the highest standard of care, tech, and service.
to a Friend
88.9% of patients would recommend SAGA to a friend or family member, compared to just 74% on average of other centers in the state of Texas.
Quality Standard Rankings
GI Quality Improvement Consortium is a non-profit team that aims to improve quality in the GI field. They determine this by ADR, the ability to detect polyps, as well as safe, efficient, quality patient care you can count on. Two organizations make up GIQuiC: American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). SAGA continues to beat GIQuiC’s national benchmarks for quality.
The ADR shows a physician’s ability to identify and remove precancerous polyps.
Adenoma Detection Rate (ADR)
In order to understand ADR, you need to know what an adenoma is. An adenoma is a noncancerous polyp. These polyps can turn into cancer if left undetected and untreated. A form of colon cancer prevention is removing an adenoma.
Maintaining Quality Through Set Standards
Gastroenterologists set specific standards to uphold quality colon polyp removal, known as adenoma detection rate, or ADR for short. This rate is defined as the percentage of patients whose precancerous polyps are found. The higher the percentage, the more skilled the physician is at identifying and removing cancer-causing polyps. The average rate for women is 15 percent, while it is 25 percent for men.
I would like to commend the staff at SAGEC North for their exemplary demeanor with their patients. I am a returning patient for the colonoscopy procedure with Dr. Joseph Johnson, this being my 4th procedure, performed early this morning (11-30-16). The entire staff is warm and friendly toward each patient, placing the patient at ease and made to feel welcome. Their personal interaction with the patient is very much appreciated. Dr. Joe Johnson is, in a word, wonderful, and an expert in his field. Thank you very much.
Just a note to commend the entire staff who tended my needs last Friday morning! From my arrival time at 6:15 until my discharge at 8:35, I truly had a wonderful experience. Everyone was friendly, professional, caring, considerate, and very kind! The entire facility was run like clock-work yet never did I feel like just a number!! Thank you ever so much to each and all.
Wednesday I had a colonoscopy at the Sonterra Blvd facility. The staff and facility were exceptional. Happily tell my family and friends about how well I was treated both medically and personally. It is nice to have such a fine facility and medical staff in our neighborhood.
I just completed my Colonoscopy this a.m. and I am sure I shouldn’t be taking this survey because it said not to handle any machinery and let my wife take care of me all day. Wooo Hooo, but, being of sound mind I thought I would…
READ MORE >Paul's Testimonial…pass on information while it was still fresh on my mind.
First let me say that the lady that I checked in with was very courteous, professional and for a wet Monday morning in a great mood. It was a real pleasure dealing with someone that
early on a Monday morning with that much enthusiasm and professionalism. She gets 5 Stars in my book.
Second I was greeted by Jennifer the nurse and she too was very professional, courteous and had a great attitude. She just had to put up with me and she was great. She also get’s 5 STARS.
Then I met Carol the nurse in the procedure room. What a pleasure. Cheerful, attentive to my needs as a patient and very nice to talk with early on a Monday morning. She get’s 5 STARS.
Then I met Stephen in the procedure room. He was very good as well making sure I was comfortable and explained some of the procedure. I felt like I was in good hands. He get’s yep 5 STARS.
Next was the Anesthesiologist Ann Marie, we talked while I was waiting for the Dr. to come in and I felt very comfortable and at ease. She really took the anxiety away by comforting me while I was waiting for the Dr. to start. Then the meds she gave me. Wow, I asked for a script never had any better sleep. (Ha, Ha) of course you know what her response was. Again 5 Stars.
Then finally Dr. Franklin came in and introduce himself. Very professional, and such a gentle and pleasing personality. He was great, asked his Dr. questions and post procedure came in with the results of the test. Very positive. He get’s 10 Stars. Just because he is a Dr. Ha, Ha….
Then post procedure I became acquainted with Sofia. What a kind and compassionate nurse. She too made sure I was taken care of and I got in the car and off to home OK. 5 STARS.
You see in all this patient has nothing negative to say about the care I received from the Dr. and staff. Don’t want to have to do it again but, I will in 5 years hopefully not any sooner and my choice will be SAGEC.
Thanks for the care and professionalism of all that I came in contact this morning.
Cecal Intubation Rate
Cecal intubation rate is the percentage of times the physician reaches the cecum during a colonoscopy.
What is the cecum? It is the small pouch that connects the small intestine to the large intestine. It also shows where to stop and then reverse out during a colonoscopy. Reaching this point shows how thorough a physician is during a colonoscopy.
How long it takes for a physician to withdraw the endoscope is an important quality indicator because it shows how thorough they are during the exam. It also demonstrates how efficiently a physician can perform a colonoscopy. The norm for withdrawal time is about six minutes.
Accreditation & Certification
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Heath Care (AAAHC)
San Antonio Gastroenterology Endoscopy Centers has kept their certification with the Association for Ambulatory Heath Care throughout the years. AAAHC is awarded to ambulatory centers that uphold nationally recognized standards in patient care, medical safety, as well as efficiency.
Healthcare Bluebook Value Certified Provider
Healthcare Bluebook puts consumers in the driver’s seat of managing their healthcare costs. While consumers are already a tough audience, Healthcare Bluebook raises the standard for service. That is what makes earning certification such an honor.
Raise the Bar for GI Health
In order to earn certification, providers have to meet very specific quality measures. They also have to offer their services at a price that is both fair and clear to consumers.
San Antonio Gastroenterology Endoscopy Centers have either met or exceeded these standards in order to maintain certification throughout the years.
HealthStream Patient Satisfaction Insight, 2016. GiQuIC, 2016. Patient names and images may have been altered to protect privacy