NEWNAN, Ga. (December 29, 2011)—A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that 29 percent of Americans get less than the recommended minimum of seven hours of sleep each night. With sleep insufficiency linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters and occupational errors, the Piedmont Newnan Hospital Sleep Center in Sharpsburg, Ga., serves a growing need in the Coweta community. The center recently received accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
“As the Coweta community grows with an increasingly busy work force, the need for sleep services has also grown significantly in recent years,” said Vicki Kaiser, Piedmont Newnan Hospital outpatient services director. “Since the Piedmont Newnan Sleep Center opened in 2001, we have seen a significant increase in the need for quality sleep medicine services closer to home. This recognition by the AASM is confirmation of the high-quality, comprehensive work we are doing to provide solutions for our sleep disorder patients.”
Offering comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, assessment and follow-up services for patients ages 5 and older, the Piedmont Newnan Sleep Center’s board-certified sleep specialist and a team of dedicated registered technologists work together to improve patients’ sleep disorders and sleep hygiene. The center offers a weekly Sleep Clinic, regular A.W.A.K.E support group meetings for patients and family members with sleep apnea, as well as patient evaluations.
To receive a five-year accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. The accreditation process involves detailed inspection of a center’s facility and staff, including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts, and physician training. Additionally, the facility’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.
“The Piedmont Newnan Sleep Disorders Center is a significant resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders,” said Dr. Nancy Collop, AASM president. “The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates the Piedmont Newnan Sleep Center on fulfilling the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center.”
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine currently accredits more than 2,200 sleep medicine centers and laboratories across the country.
The Piedmont Newnan Sleep Center is directed by Vijay M Patel, M.D., ABSM; managed by Juanita Martin, RPSGT and is located at 20 Francis Way, Suite 150 in Sharpsburg, Ga.
For more information about the Piedmont Newnan Sleep Center, visit piedmontsleep.org or call 770-254-3289.