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Genesys named one of America's top hospitals

US News and World Reportranked Genesys as one of America's best hospitals for the care and treatment of patients with digestive disorders (gastroenterology).
Of the 5,453 hospitals across the country eligible for this best hospital recognition, only 170 scored high enough to earn placement on the list, and only four hospitals in Michigan received a best hospital designation for digestive disorders. Genesys was one of the four, and the only hospital in the region! As one of America's top hospitals in this category, Genesys ranked with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio; and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland.

According to US News and World Report,"the patient who truly needs outstanding care is the target of the best hospitals' ranking in which hospitals are judged not on routine procedures, but on difficult cases."

To be considered one of America's top hospitals, facilities were scored on these factors: reputation, mortality rates, technological advances, volume, nurse staffing and other patient care-related information.

Genesys earned this ranking as one of America's top hospitals for the innovative procedures offered to the community.

The Bravo catheter-free pH monitoring system is one.
Gastroenterologists at Genesys use this system to monitor gastric reflux (frequent, chronic heartburn also known as GERD). A gel cap-sized capsule containing a radiotransmitter is situated on the wall of the esophagus where it collects 48 hours of pH data - an additional 24 hours more than conventional catheter systems. This information is needed to accurately diagnose GERD, explains John Macksood, DO, gastroenterologist at Genesys who uses this system. Throughout the 48 hours, the capsule transmits pH data to a small external pager-sized receiver patients can wear comfortably on their belt. Through this monitoring system, additional needed data can be obtained to help ensure an accurate patient assessment. The patient's daily routine is not interrupted, Dr. Macksood notes. Patients can continue their regular diet and activities, which helps to more accurately reflect the patient's physiologic condition. Within a few days, the capsule spontaneously detaches and passes from the body through the digestive tract.

Patients are finding this new system radically reduces throat and nasal discomfort associated with conventional pH testing. In addition, because the capsule is placed inside the body, no one knows the patient is undergoing testing.

GERD affects an estimated 21 million Americans. It occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter
(the muscle ring at the junction of the esophagus and the stomach) does not properly seal the esophagus from the stomach, allowing the stomach contents to flow upstream into the esophagus and cause a burning sensation. Untreated, GERD can lead to respiratory problems and non-cardiac chest pain, and possibly cancer.

Genesys conducts more than 11,000 GI procedures every year at the medical center. Health Park Endoscopy, an outpatient ambulatory facility on the Genesys campus in Grand Blanc Township, conducts an additional 5,000 GI procedures each year.

For more information on Genesys as one of America's top hospitals, call 810-606-7399.


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