In Simi Valley Hospital’s Gastroenterology Laboratory — better known as the GI Lab — physician specialists utilize a variety of tools and procedures to examine segments of the continuous passageway through the body that extends from the mouth to the rectum.
The lab offers a wide range of services, including:
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Upper endoscopy
- ERCP (examination of bile ducts, gall bladder and related structures)
- Feeding tube placement
- and many others.
Each month, Simi Valley Hospital’s GI Lab serves about 200 patients and has experienced a 30 percent increase in patient volume over the past year. The Lab’s physicians, nurses and other staff have specialized training and certification to perform a variety of technically demanding procedures.
Gastroenterologists Moe Amadpour, MD, Mahendra Patel, MD, and Robert Moghimi, MD, and colorectal surgeon David Rosenfeld, MD, all have advanced training in their fields of expertise.
In addition, all nurses in the GI Lab are registered nurses (RNs) who are certified in advanced cardiac life support. Two RNs are present during every procedure in the Lab — one assisting the physician and the other monitoring the patient.
GI Lab Manager Cathy Dye, RN, is among a small percentage of GI Lab nurses nationwide who have passed a rigorous examination to earn certification as a CGRN — certified gastroenterology registered nurse. In 2007, she was president of the Southern California SGNA, the professional society for GI nurses.
For more information on Simi Valley Hospital’s GI Lab, call 805-955-6390.