UF Health Endoscopy Center

Description of Unit

UF Health Endoscopy Center is an outpatient endoscopy facility located at 2001 SW 13th Street, Gainesville Florida. The facility includes 7 preoperative bays, 4 procedure suites, 8 postoperative bays and 1 Motility procedure room. The staff at the Endoscopy Center strive to achieve a high standard of excellence when providing all phases of care. The unit is staffed with Registered nurses, LPN, Surgical tech, Endo techs as well as ancillary support personnel. The Endoscopy procedure scheduling office is also located at the Endoscopy Center providing procedure scheduling for both the UF Health Endoscopy Center and the Endoscopy Suite at UF Health Shands Hospital and consists of a Scheduling Supervisor and scheduling coordinators.

Description of Patient Populations

The patient population consists of adult general endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures as well as Motility procedures. Motility additionally includes a small Pediatric population for manometry procedures.

Nursing Care

The Perioperative nursing staff are licensed Registered Nurses by the Florida State Board of Nursing. Surgical Technologists are graduates of community college-based Surgical Technology programs, or comparable programs. New staff is oriented to the unit during a planned orientation program ranging from six to eight weeks and depending on previous experience. Professional certification (SGNA) of Society of Gastroenterology Nurses Association is available for nurses as well as Certification in Surgical Technology(CST) is available from the Association of Surgical Technologists(AST). All staff are responsible for direct patient care pass Basic Life Support(BLS) skills and nursing staff are required to take Advance Cardiac Life Support(ACLS). All direct patient care staff are provided training experiences to obtain and maintain competencies in their role as defined by the job description for the specific role.

Health Care Team

The Medical Director is Dr. Forsmark, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.

The nursing management structure consists of a Nurse Director of GI/ Endoscopy, a Clinical Coordinator on site. In the absence of the Clinical Coordinator, the Charge Nurse will facilitate clinical care delivery and the Director will serve as a resource for problem resolution.  There is an assigned Charge Nurse over the Pre/IntraOp/PACU and Motility areas daily.

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