Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants (Metro GI), 10444 S. Western Ave., recently earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Office Based Surgery Accreditation for the third consecutive time.

Darrien Gaston, MD, FACP, FACG, expressed his pride in the achievement.

To earn this distinction, Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants was subjected to an intensive on-site review. During this visit, a Joint Commission reviewer evaluated the practice’s compliance with the standards for office-based surgery.

These standards concentrate on operational systems that are critical to the safety and quality of patient care, helping health care practitioners measure, analyze and improve results. The standards are guided by scientific publications and expert consensus and developed by a team that includes health care professionals, health care providers, specific subject matter experts, health care consumers and government agencies, including Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

These standards each have a positive impact on patient safety, quality of care and health outcomes, and meet or exceed current legislation and regulations. Compliance with standards for medication management, respecting the rights and responsibilities of each patient, infection prevention and control, leadership and more must be met to earn accreditation.

The Joint Commission Gold Seal Accreditation means that Metro GI and Gaston are affiliated with one of the most respected organizations in health care. Accreditation is valid for three years. For patients, this accreditation means they can be sure Metro GI is continually working to provide the highest quality care.

Gaston, a Beverly native, graduated from Northwestern University and earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He also earned a fellowship in gastroenterology at Cook County Hospital.

Metro GI practice provides diagnosis and treatment for digestive issues, colon care, non-surgical hemorrhoid removal, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, heartburn and GERD. Gaston is especially interested in helping patients fight the obesity crisis and offers several non-surgical and minimally invasive temporary weight loss procedures.

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