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New State-of-the-Art Endoscopy Center opens at Trinity Hospital

CHICAGO---Advocate Trinity Hospital had a ribbon cutting today, officially opening up a new Endoscopy Center and Gastrointestinal Lab. Medical officials are looking to serve a population suffering from many digestive ailments and hoping to usher in a wave of preventative care. The $5 million center will have 14 pre-procedure/recovery bays each armed with individual monitors, bedside computers for electronic medicine and Computerized Physician Order Entry. The project is part of an overall redevelopment plan for the hospital that will include a new intensive care unit next year. For the GI lab, each patient room will also have television set that can swing and rotate. It will have a patient family waiting area and four procedure rooms.

“All this will increase our efficiency by eliminating bottle necks in pre-procedure/registry area before the patient is wheeled in to procedure room and also remove the bottle neck from recovery area once the procedure is completed and patient is brought back to recover,” said, Dr. Sakhawat Hussain, medical director and chairman of the Section of Gastroenterology at Advocate Trinity Hospital. “The unit besides meeting the needs of community will provide patients the highest quality of care in a timely fashion without having to wait.”

The GI Lab offers a wide variety of services for patients with digestive concerns, including abdominal pain, acid reflux, colon polyps, gallbladder and peptic ulcers. Trinity has undergone a large expansion of the GI Lab to enhance the services provided to the community. Susan Bocian, clinical manager for the GI Lab and 3 South at Advocate Trinity, said staff had ample input on the design, especially the recovery room. Using the nursing model, there is space for the patients and their families to communicate by the bedside and hear information during discharge. Medical staff understands that the new GI lab will serve an essential purpose in southeast Chicago and beyond.

“We know that colon cancer is very high in the community compared to the national average. We want to take care of those colon polyps before they turn into colon cancer,” she said. Doctors will perform endoscopies in the lab, which allows your doctor to identify and determine how to best treat conditions that appear in the upper or lower part of your digestive system. Endoscopy is the best means of early detection for several forms of cancer. There are 25 million endoscopic procedures performed annually at a cost of $ 142 billion in United States.

“Patients can have a range of medical problems such as Ulcerative Colitis, a lifelong disease, or bacterial infection, a very short term diseases,” said Hussain. “This new center will provide patients and their families an Advocate experience where they will feel they have been treated with passion. It will enable Advocate Trinity Hospital to compete effectively with other nearby hospitals providing the same services."

About Trinity Hospital
Providing healthcare on the Southeast Side of Chicago for over 115 years, Advocate Trinity Hospital is a 193-bed not-for-profit health care facility. Part of Advocate Health Care, Trinity offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services as well as a variety of community outreach programs. For more information on Trinity, please visit

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