At Gastroenterology Associates, your health is our priority.  We are committed to the highest safety standards for our patients, staff, and community.

COVID-19 Update: Our Endoscopy Center and Clinic are open for business. We are taking extra precautions for the safety of our patients, staff, and community.  We are continuing to adhere to our strict infectious disease prevention protocols and following CDC guidelines. We are closely monitoring all updates in relation to the identification and management of the coronavirus COVID-19.

Our team members are taking extra steps to keep you safe from COVID-19 while you are here.

  • Screenings: All patients and team members receive a temperature screening prior to entering the endoscopy center or clinic.
  • Clean facilities: We are disinfecting public areas and removing all materials from our waiting areas that cannot be disinfected.
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE): All team members are required to wear appropriate PPE, such as masks and gloves.
  • Masks for patients: All patients are asked to wear a mask or facial cloth over their face while in the endoscopy center or clinic to reduce the spread of infection.
  • Visitors: If you bring someone with you for your appointment we ask that they wait in the car.
  • Social Distancing: Appointments will be managed to allow social distancing between patients. This may mean fewer time options for scheduling your appointment or procedure.

Our “virtual” clinic is OPEN through Telehealth visits through ZOOM.  This allows patients to “visit” with the doctor with or without video, which is currently covered by most insurances. It’s simpler than you think. Your doctor will determine if a telehealth visit is appropriate for you. Please call our office if you wish to set up a traditional office or Telehealth visit. We continue to be available 24/7 for emergencies and inpatients at Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center. We will support our patients and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will update you as our status changes over the upcoming weeks and months.

A video for installing Zoom can be viewed here.

Our Award-Winning Facility in Hickory, NC

Our Hickory office is conveniently located at 415 North Center Street, on the third floor of the Medical Specialties Center, just across from Frye Regional Medical Center.

Here, you can receive outpatient care as well as endoscopy services in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Our 3,500 square foot endoscopy unit features three procedure rooms with high definition equipment which allows for more precise and accurate treatment. Accredited by the AAAHC, the facility is licensed by Medicare and the State of North Carolina. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has recognized our endoscopy facility as one of the first four centers in the state for outstanding quality measures. Gastroenterology Associates is the only endoscopy facility in the Unifour area to receive the ASGE Certificate of Recognition.

All of our board-certified physicians also perform endoscopy in the Same Day Surgery Centers at Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center.

Photos of Our Award-winning facility

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Hickory Office Building
Main Lobby
Office Entrance
Hickory Reception Area
Front Office - Reception Room
Nurses Desk
Preprocedure Room
Endo Common Area
Recovery Room
Endoscope Cleaner
Clinic Nurses Station
Exam Room

CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE A COLONOSCOPY EXAM.

If you are healthy and have no symptoms, call 828-624-1358 to schedule a screening colonoscopy. A registered nurse will take your medical history over the phone and schedule your appointment. If you are having symptoms, you need a referral from your Primary Care Physician.

Our Office in Hickory, NC

Gastroenterology Associates, P.A.
415 North Center Street, Suite 300
Hickory, NC 28601

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Contact Us

Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

(828) 328-3300
(828) 328-9101

Our on-call physician can be reached through the Frye Regional Medical Center at (828) 315-5000 (established patients only)

ASGE Recognized Unit for Quality and Safety

ASGEThe state-of-the-art Endoscopy Unit at Gastroenterology Associates is recognized by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) for outstanding measures of quality and safety. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing, Centers for Disease control (CDC) infection control guidelines, and specialized staff training.

At Gastroenterology Associates, patient safety comes first and this program helps us continue to provide our patients the safest and best care possible.

Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 13,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education.

AAAHC Accredited Endoscopy Facility

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1979. AAAHC is a leader in developing standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care, and value for ambulatory health care through peer-based accreditation processes, education, and research.

The AAAHC accreditation means the endoscopy facility at Gastroenterology Associates has undergone rigorous professional scrutiny by AAAHC professionals, including on-site review with comprehensive assessment of compliance with AAAHC Standards for the entire organization. Gastroenterology Associates achieved nationally recognized standards for quality care, service and performance.

For appointments and questions:
Call:   (828) 328-3300