Sentara Obici Hospital Sleep Center Gains National Accreditation
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Suffolk, VirginiaSeptember 13, 2007 — After a rigorous review of clinical quality, procedure standards, and staffing requirements, the Sleep Disorders Center at Sentara Obici Hospital received full accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

The recent national designation highlights sleep centers that meet specific performance standards and consistently show quality standards for evaluating sleep studies, record keeping and quality control standards in addition to high staffing and physician requirements.

“We voluntarily pursued this comprehensive evaluation to validate the quality of Sentara Obici Hospital’s sleep services provided to Tidewater residents, ” say Rosemary Check, administrator of Sentara Obici Hospital.

“Patients can have peace of mind knowing they are being cared for by a team who has certified the high quality of the sleep services and interpretation of the studies it performs,” says C. Stephen Coleman, M.D., a board certified sleep specialist and medical director of the center.

More than a Good Night’s Sleep
Most of us feel sleep deprived. In fact, in a recent “Sleep in America” poll by the National Sleep Foundation, almost 2/3 of Americans say they don’t sleep well at least three nights a week. Half of all adults can’t get up without an alarm and on average, we’re getting less than 7 hours of sleep per night.

Sentara Obici Hospital Sleep Disorders Center, which opened in 1991, is now comprised of four total beds. Today, approximately 1,000 sleep studies annually help diagnose and treat patients with everything from insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless legs to narcolepsy, sleep walking, and night terrors. Including this center, 5 Sentara sleep disorders centers are among only 11 in the state, which are fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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