Award-winning physician makes major strides against Hospital Associated Infections
HOUSTON, TX, October 19, 2017 – To Dr. GurunathReddy, nothing sort of a 0% HAI rate will do. And if perfection isn’t possible, he’ll get as close as he can – both for patients in his adopted Houston home state and for patients in his home town in Hyderabad, India.
He regularly commutes between the two.
Here in Houston, he devotes his time to patients at Digestive and Liver Disease Consultants, PA. The clinic’s ambulatory surgical center, North Houston Endoscopy and Surgery, has been recognized for its state-of-the-art safety standards, winning accreditation from JACHO and AAAHC, in part due to Reddy’s influence and commitment to top-notch patient care.
In 2013, Reddy was retained as a senior advisor at Continental Hospital in Hyderabad, India. Thanks to Reddy’s focus on design and patient service it became the first hospital in India to win JCI accreditation, considered the “gold standard” in global health care. Continental is also the first hospital in the world to achieve JCI accreditation in less than two years. Low HAI rates were critical to achieving this prestigious recognition: the hospital managed a 0% Surgical Site Infection Rate and a negligible HAI rate after performing over 3,000 major surgeries over a two-year period.
Reddy continues his mission to provide high-quality, affordable care, refusing to compromise on any safety standards.
“I can’t stress this enough,” says Reddy. “Strictly following both national and international standards in health care is non-negotiable to me. HAIs are both unnecessary and unacceptable, and I’m going to continue to work to stamp them out.”
Dr. Reddy is widely recognized for his endoscopic experience, has pioneered numerous procedures and has spearheaded policy and quality improvement efforts throughout the industry. He has been recognized as one of Houston’s top doctors by H Texas Magazine from 2006-2017, and by Houstonian Magazine from 2013-2017. The Consumer’s Research Council named him one of America’s Top Doctors in 2006.
Reddy has served as Chair of Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Continuing Medical Education, Endoscopy, and Medical Staff By Laws. The Houston Northwest Medical Center elected him as Chief of Staff, as did Northeast Medical Center. He also served on the boards of both hospitals. He is one of the founding board members of Kingwood Medical Center. He serves on the Board of Texas Gulf Coast Gastrointestinal Society and Advisory Board of the Southeast Chapter of the American Liver Foundation. He is the President-Elect of the Harris County Medical Society. He is on the Board of Medical Legislation, and on the Board of the Houston Academy of Medicine. For more information, see www.txgidocs.com