Mercy Gastroenterology Exceeds Quality Standards

    8/20/2015
    Mercy Gastroenterologists Dr. Christopher Kleeman, Dr. Joseph Yu and Dr. Kate McCrann have exceeded quality standards set forth by the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer for the third consecutive year. The doctors credit their combined 35 plus years of experience for their high adenoma detection rates and low complication rates.

     
    “We pride ourselves on providing excellent care to the people of Greater Portland,” explains Dr. Christopher Kleeman, Medical Director of Mercy Gastroenterology at Casco Bay. “By exceeding national quality standards, we are able to serve our patients by reducing their risk of developing colon cancer.  Every polyp we detect and remove helps reduce that risk.”
     
    The U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer determined that pre-cancerous polyps, known as adenomas, should be found in 30% of male patients and 20% of female patients.  All 3 doctors in the practice far exceeded this benchmark with minimal complications.  In fact, there has never been a colon perforation at Mercy in the 5 years that the practice has existed. 
     
    Dr. Yu recognizes the thoroughness of the exam helps him and the team at Mercy Gastroenterology fully evaluate patients. “We reach the cecum in nearly all procedures,” he explains.  “This allows us to get a comprehensive view of the entire large intestine and address any issues that may be hiding deeper in the gastrointestinal tract.”    
     
    Mercy Gastroenterology at Casco Bay offers compassionate care in their state of the art facility specializing in the treatment, prevention and diagnosis of diseases of the digestive tract and liver.  A screening colonoscopy is recommended for people 50 and over. 
     
    “We know colon cancer rates in the US have declined due to colonoscopies,” says Dr. Kate McCrann. “This is the most effective test we have to detect and remove cancer-causing polyps.” 
     
    To schedule your colonoscopy at Mercy Gastroenterology at Casco Bay, please call (207) 535-1100.