Endoscopy at Glen Cove
Glen Cove Hospital has opened a new $1 million endoscopy unit to meet the demand for colon cancer and gastrointestinal screenings and other procedures.
The facility features a pre-operative intake room, two procedure rooms, three recovery rooms, a decontamination room, a sterilization room for instruments and a guest lounge. Serving inpatients and outpatients, the unit has the most technologically advanced equipment available for a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures. These include: upper endoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy, gastroscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangio pancreatography (ERCP) – a procedure that uses X-rays to show the bile and pancreatic ducts, and placement and removal of endoscopic stents.
The purpose of these tests is to identify possible irregularities or diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, bowel and rectal areas. These procedures may explain symptoms such as persistent nausea or vomiting, bloody stools or chest pain in the absence of heart disease. They may also detect the presence of ulcers, polyps, tumors, gallstones or bleeding sites.
All procedures will be performed by board-certified gastroenterologists under the direction of I. Holm-Andersen, MD, chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at Glen Cove Hospital. “The state-of-the-art unit was designed to meet the individualized needs of adolescents, adults and seniors who need an endoscopic procedure,” said Dr. Holm-Andersen. “The layout of the facility is perfect. We have made the center as patient- and family-friendly as possible. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of medical care in the safest environment, and at the same time, alleviate any fears or stresses a patient may have about a test or procedure.”
Additional procedures have recently been added. The unit is now performing flexible fiber-optic bronchoscopies for patients with lung disorders under the supervision of William R. Basta MD, chief of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Glen Cove Hospital.
The endoscopy unit is staffed by registered nurses with critical care experience and certification in advanced cardiac life support. Equally important, the facility has an anesthesiologist dedicated to the unit, Malgorzata Adler, MD, who will oversee all anesthesia interventions.
“The most important thing for our patients to know is that with current anesthesia possibilities, patients can go through tests with comfort,” said Dr. Adler. Anesthesiologist Mark Goodstein, MD, and Dr. Adler will perform nerve root blocks and epidural steroid injections, which are part of anesthesia pain management. “Patients can rest assured that we will do everything to make them comfortable and relaxed before, during and after procedures,” said Dr. Adler.
Staff of the endoscopy unit will also be available to provide treatment for patients with Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis, or for elderly patients who require permanent feeding tubes as they are unable to get proper nutrition due to debilitating medical conditions.
With the building of the new unit, Dr. Holm-Andersen said that he hopes residents of Glen Cove and neighboring towns will be encouraged to schedule routine colonoscopies to screen for colorectal cancer. “Colonoscopies saves lives; removing pre-cancerous growths or polyps in the colon or rectum prevents the development of cancer,” said Dr. Holm-Andersen, a former president of the Long Island chapter of the American Cancer Society.
More than 148,000 cases of colorectal cancer are expected to be diagnosed this year, and more than 56,000 people will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. Colorectal cancer is the second cause of cancer death in the United States after lung cancer.
Last year the hospital performed approximately 2,100 endoscopic procedures and anticipates that number to increase to 3,000 - with colonoscopies being the majority of screenings done.
To accommodate the expected increase in demand for services, the endoscopy unit will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., five days a week. In general, patients will be able to schedule appointments within one week. As an added service, the hospital will provide valet parking to patients.
For more information, call the endoscopy unit at (516) 674-7599. For a physician referral, call the hospital’s Medical Staff Office at (516) 674-7380.