Sleep Disorder Center Receives National Accreditation
Faith Regional Health Services’ Sleep Disorder Center has been granted accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) for a period of five years beginning December, 2008. The AASM is committed to ensuring that those in the field of sleep medicine provide excellent healthcare and enhance the awareness of sleep as an important element for health, public safety and the quality of life.
“This accreditation validates the high standards of care that we have always provided,” said Diane McGill, RPSGT, Faith Regional Sleep Disorder Center coordinator.
In order to obtain accreditation, a sleep disorder center must meet the highest standards of quality patient care in areas such as:
- testing procedures and policies
- patient safety and follow-up
- physician and staff training
As an accredited Sleep Center, patients can receive testing and treatments for many different sleep disorders, including insomnia, restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.
At Faith Regional’s Sleep Disorder Center, tests are scored by registered sleep technologists and interpreted by a pulmonologist at Faith Regional Pulmonology Services and Hakam Assad, M.D., a board certified neurologist at Faith Regional Neurology Services.
The Sleep Disorder Center recently expanded its facility to include four state-of-the-art testing rooms with recording and monitoring equipment. Patients referred to the Sleep Disorder Center are scheduled for a sleep consultation to discuss his/her sleeping habits, lifestyle and health history. If a sleep study is recommended, he/she will stay overnight in one of the specially designed rooms, much like a room found in one’s own home, and will have devices attached to record sleeping patterns, breathing oxygen levels, brain waves, heartbeat, breathing effort and other parameters to detect problems during sleep. After the data is analyzed, the patient is called in for follow-up care and treatment.
Faith Regional Health Services has been providing comprehensive sleep disorder services to the region since 1993. Sleep studies can usually be scheduled within two to three weeks and individuals do not need a physician’s order to schedule a consultation.
For more information about the Faith Regional Sleep Disorder Center, call (402) 644-7404.