For Immediate Release

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – October 17, 2013 – The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has opened its new Institute for Training and Technology (IT&T) in Downers Grove, Illinois. The $20 million 42,000 square foot state-of-the-art gastrointestinal endoscopy training facility and ASGE world headquarters uses cutting-edge technologies to foster the development, training and adoption of new techniques in order to enhance physician skills and advance patient care. ASGE recently held an opening event to introduce the facility to members, donors and the local community.

“Here we are, having weathered tough economic storms, standing on this ground, sheltered by a beautiful, high-tech, world-class facility that solidifies our vision that ASGE should lead the way and light the way to a better future. I’d like to thank our generous corporate and individual donors,” said Kenneth K. Wang, MD, FASGE, president, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, speaking at an open house for the new facility held on October 4. “After 72 years, ASGE finally has its own home. Most importantly, we are grateful to, and proud of, the 12,000 plus ASGE members who make ASGE what it is today – the leader in endoscopic care. May our success continue and lead toward more enriched and interactive education, more advanced endoscopic training and, ultimately, the best possible care for our patients and those of other medical specialties.”

Speaking at the October 4 open house with Dr. Wang were ASGE Past Presidents Thomas M. Deas Jr., MD, MMM, FASGE, Gregory G. Ginsberg, MD, FASGE, and M. Brian Fennerty, MD, FASGE; Kenneth R. McQuaid, MD, FASGE, ASGE Secretary; Christopher J. Gostout, MD, FASGE and John L. Petrini, MD, FASGE, ASGE IT&T Campaign co-chairs; the Mayor of the Village of Downers Grove, Martin T. Tully and State Representative Ron Sandack (IL-81), a former mayor of Downers Grove.

“Congratulations and welcome to Downers Grove. ASGE is in very good company, having joined several other leading healthcare organizations situated here in our town. We thank you for choosing Downers Grove as your global home for endoscopy training and advancement,” said Mayor Martin T. Tully.

Also in attendance at the open house were many member and corporate donors to the ASGE IT&T Capital Campaign, a fundraising project through the ASGE Foundation that raised nearly $6.7 million to support construction of the new facility; other representatives from the Village of Downers Grove; and ASGE board and committee members and staff.

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