IMA Physicians Recognized for Outstanding Achievement by EndoGastric Solutions - August 19, 2014

Courtesy of NW Indiana Life

Written by Methodist Hospitals

Physicians affiliated with Internal Medicine Associates (IMA) and the Methodist Hospitals GERD Center were recognized by EndoGastric Solutions Inc. for outstanding achievement for their ongoing contributions to treating and improving the quality of life for patients with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) also known as acid reflux. Gastroenterology physicians Drs. Daniel B. Hurwich, Peter Mavrelis, Ahmad B. Shughoury and Kumar Venkat have performed over 250 Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) procedures, a highly successful procedure to repair the antireflux valve with no incisions.

“We believe the TIF procedure fills a therapy gap that exists for GERD patients who take daily medications and who remain unsatisfied because of incomplete symptom control,” said Skip Baldino, CEO of EndoGastric Solutions. “The TIF procedure may offer these patients the opportunity to safely eliminate their troublesome typical and atypical symptoms without the risk of post laparoscopic fundoplication syndromes like gas bloat and difficulty swallowing. The physicians at IMA are recognized nationally as thought leaders who have embraced new and innovative methods to care for the GERD patients they serve. We compliment them as well as the entire staff for their dedication to their community.”

IMA Endoscopy SurgiCenter, P.C. has partnered with Methodist Hospitals in a co-management relationship under which Methodist Hospitals acquired the IMA Endoscopy SurgiCenter. The co-management arrangement has enabled Methodist Hospitals to increase the number of endoscopic procedures it conducts by more than 2,500 annually. The co-management agreement is an arrangement where physicians and Methodist Hospitals share involvement in the daily operations providing the opportunity to deliver high quality, coordinated care with the focus on outstanding patient outcomes.

“Methodist Hospitals congratulates the physicians of IMA on being recognized for this outstanding achievement. We are very pleased to work with the physicians of IMA and our partnership has provided us the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of physicians in order to provide excellent care to the individuals in our community, “said Dr. Michael Davenport, President & Interim CEO.

IMA Endoscopy SurgiCenter is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC. IMA Endoscopy SurgiCenter and the Methodist Hospitals GERD Center are specialty care facilities designed to provide individualized, quality care for patients who undergo diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures. IMA Endoscopy SurgiCenter is located at 8895 Broadway in Merrillville, Indiana The Methodist Hospitals GERD Center is located at the Southlake Campus, Pavilion A, at 101 East 87th Avenue in Merrillville, Indiana. For additional information about GERD or the TIF procedure call 219-769-GERD(4373).