Midlands Hospital Sleep Disorders Center Receives Reaccreditation
Release Date: 09/02/2008

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PAPILLION, Neb., -- The Alegent Health Midlands Hospital Sleep Disorders Center has received reaccreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) through the year 2012. The AASM is a national body of professionals in the field of sleep medicine who are dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine heath care, education and research.

“Our number one goal is to provide restful sleep to our patients who suffer from sleep disorders,” said Cory Kruger, operations director of Sleep Disorders Services for Alegent Health. “The AASM reaccreditation reaffirms the high quality care provided by our sleep center team and is the result of the hard work of our dedicated sleep technologists and sleep specialty physicians.”

The Alegent Health Sleep Disorders Center is under the medical direction of Harvey Hopkins, M.D., a Sleep Specialist with 12 years of experience in helping patients get a better night’s rest. He says with today’s fast-faced lifestyles, sleep often escapes many people’s top priority.

“It’s vital for people to get seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night for healthy living,” said Dr. Hopkins. “But the reality is that millions of Americans struggle to stay awake during the day, plagued by sleep disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, Restless Legs, and Narcolepsy. The sleep center can help diagnose these conditions and find the answers so that people can get a better night’s sleep and feel well-rested the next day.”

In addition to Midlands Hospital, Alegent Health has three additional Sleep Disorders Centers located on campuses including Lakeside Hospital, Immanuel Medical Center and Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. That sleep center has been accredited since 2006 and both Lakeside Hospital and Immanuel Medical Center are undergoing accreditation this fall.

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. In addition, 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 American Academy of Sleep Medicine currently accredits more than 1,500 sleep centers and laboratories across the country. For more information on the Alegent Health Midlands Hospital Sleep Disorders Center, or any of the other Alegent Health Sleep Centers call 1-800-Alegent.