News and Blog - Texarkana Gastroenterology Consultants

Welcome Dr. Stephen Steele

Dr. Steele's areas of professional interests include pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and advanced endoscopy. He seeks to treat each person holistically by providing high-quality, comprehensive, and compassionate care.

Learn More

The Role of a Nurse Practitioner

The role of Nurse practitioner is to provide individualized care that focuses on the patients’ conditions as well as the effects of the illness on the lives of the patients and their families. Disease prevention, health and wellness, and education are also priorities to the Nurse Practitioner as he or she strives to meet the needs of the patients’ that they serve.

Learn More

It Matters Who Does Your Colonoscopy

Most adults are aware that colon cancer is responsible for the second highest number of cancer deaths each year, right behind lung cancer. We do know the best way to avoid developing colon cancer is to have a colonoscopy to screen for pre-cancerous polyps. If polyps are detected, they can be removed before they are allowed to progress to colon cancer.

Learn More

What is Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC)?

Ambulatory Surgery Center –known as ASCs- are modern health care facilities focused on providing same-day surgical care, including diagnostic and preventive procedures. ASC’s have transformed the outpatient experience for millions of Americans by providing them with a more convenient alternative to hospital-based outpatient procedures and positive patient outcomes.

Learn More

Clinic and Endoscopy Center Announce Free WiFi

Texarkana, TX – Texarkana Gastroenterology Consultants, along with The Endoscopy Center of Texarkana, are pleased to announce that free wireless internet service is now available at our clinic location for our patients and their family members. Patients on the go can enjoy a convenient connection from their wireless-enabled laptops or mobile devices.

Learn More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


What is Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC)?

Ambulatory Surgery Center –known as ASCs- are modern health care facilities focused on providing same-day surgical care, including diagnostic and preventive procedures. ASC’s have transformed the outpatient experience for millions of Americans by providing them with a more convenient alternative to hospital-based outpatient procedures and done so with a strong track record of quality care and positive patient outcomes. All ASCs must have at least one dedicated operating room and the equipment needed to perform safely and ensure quality patient care.

ASCs play a vital role in ensuring patient access to preventive measures, such as colonoscopies, in a convenient and affordable setting. Every year colonoscopies prevent colon cancer in thousands of people by catching the disease during its early curable stages. Today more than 40 percent of Medicare colonoscopies are performed at ASCs. When these lifesaving procedures are performed in ASCs both beneficiaries and the Medicare program save money because surgery centers perform the procedures at a lower cost. Medicare and its beneficiaries pay an average 72% more in a hospital outpatient department than they pay for the same procedure if performed at an ASC. Since 1982, when Medicare started reimbursing ASCs, Medicare has saved $2.6 billion annually just by the change of location.

All ASCs are subjected to rigorous oversight and independent inspections to assess each center’s level of compliance with both state and national standards. These on-site surveys, like those conducted at hospitals and other facilities evaluate ASCs on a wide range of demanding clinical operational and quality standards. ASCs in Texas must meet both state and federal government standards and demonstrate continual compliance with ongoing inspections and reporting.

The Endoscopy Center of Texarkana is an Ambulatory Surgery Center licensed by the State of Texas and certified as a Medicare provider, and performs thousands of endoscopic procedures (colonoscopies and esophagogastroduodenoscopies (EGD) a year. We are fully aware that our patients have many choices when they make a location selection for their endoscopy procedures and we are committed to ensuring every patient receives the quality care they deserve and have the best experience possible. This commitment is expressed through our physicians, our nursing and administrative staff with the common goal of providing a friendly, caring environment. Our medical excellence and dedicated staff ensures we meet our goals every day and this commitment to our patients is what sets The Endoscopy Center of Texarkana apart. Please call Texarkana Gastroenterology Consultants for an appointment. No referrals are necessary.


Clinic and Endoscopy Center Announce Free WiFi

Free wireless internet is now available as an added patient service.

Texarkana, TX – Texarkana Gastroenterology Consultants, along with The Endoscopy Center of Texarkana, are pleased to announce that free wireless internet service is now available at our clinic location for our patients and their family members. Patients on the go can enjoy a convenient connection from their wireless-enabled laptops or mobile devices. All users who select the clinic’s new free WiFi network can connect to the internet for free using the “TexGast – Public” network name. This service is available during normal clinic hours.

Upon selecting the complimentary airport network, users will see a connectivity “splash” page where they must first click to accept the terms of the free service. This page may include pop-up advertising in the future. The option of selecting a specific provider of paid connectivity will also remain available.

For more information, patients can inquire at the front desk for more instructions.

Gastroenterology Website Design & Medical Website Design by Vital Element, Inc.