We are dedicated to providing high-quality, cost-efficient, safe care to every patient, every time, always. We partner with our contracted facilities to improve operational performance and reduce cost. Further, we conduct clinical research to help advance the safety of our specialty.
We care for more than 31,000 patients annually in our Maryland and District of Columbia practice locations. We perform 12% of all outpatient Gastro, Colon and Rectal anesthesia cases in the state. In fact, we have performed more than 265,000 outpatient procedures since our inception in 2011.
Our high-quality board certified physician anesthesiologists and licensed certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) provide safe and compassionate care to our patients. Many of our providers have worked with us for several years.
Our chief operating officer, Brian Ramos, was recently awarded a "Rise Above" recognition award by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) for the exceptional work that he has done in the field of medical practice management, especially during this unprecedented time in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Ramos has co-authored a medical practice re-opening checklist and has presented on various topics including how to re-open a practice safety and how to develop an internal contract tracing program.
Despite a global pandemic, anesthesia services at our newest client, Salish Sedation Services, went live providing anesthesia services at Northwest Endoscopy Center on Monday, July 6th.
Salish will initially provide anesthesia services at NWEC's three room facility six days per week allowing gastroenterologists to care for patients undergoing endoscopic procedures. The conversion to anesthesia will improve patient throughput and help NW Gastro resolve a six month backlog of cases due, in part, to elective procedures having been shut down due to Coronavirus.
We're hiring CRNAs for a new opportunity at Kalamazoo Endoscopy Center located in Portage, Michigan. CAP has been awarded an exclusive anesthesia services agreement to staff this two room endoscopy center, Monday through Friday. We are looking for high-quality CRNAs with outpatient endoscopic anesthesia experience to join our national team. Start date is October 1, 2020. Details about the position can be found at the GasWork job posting.
We're taking measures to ensure the safety and comfort of our patients during in-person visits at our endoscopy centers.
Delivering exceptional care and infection control is part of our daily practice and way of life for our anesthesia providers. Our patient centers are controlled spaces where the most stringent precautions are always in place. In addition, our anesthesia providers have extensive experience in infection control and managing disease. We have implemented new measures to ensure your comfort and safety during your outpatient procedure.
We are also doing our part to halt the spread of coronavirus with robust testing. For your safety and that of our team members, we are testing all patients for COVID-19 before every procedure. Additionally, all of our anesthesia providers are also tested on a regular basis.
Washingtonian magazine recently released their annual report of top doctors in the region, selected by their peers. We are proud to provide our anesthesia services to twenty-two of the top gastroenterologists. While anesthesia providers are not included in the report, having so many of our referring providers acknowledged is a compliment to excellent patient care they deliver every day.