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American Academy of Sleep Medicine Reviews Center

WILLIAMSBURG , Virginia -- Sept. 22, 2008 - After a rigorous review of clinical quality, procedure standards and staffing requirements, the Sleep Center at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center has received full accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

This national designation is awarded only to sleep centers that meet specific performance and quality standards. During the comprehensive evaluation process, which includes an on-site inspection by an AASM representative, all aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of individuals referred for evaluation are reviewed, including the qualifications of the staff and physicians.

“We voluntarily pursued this comprehensive evaluation to validate the quality of Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center’s sleep services provided to area residents, ” says Bob Graves, vice president and administrator of Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center.

“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 K. Alexander Haraldsted, 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 two-thirds 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 are getting less than seven hours of sleep per night.

The Sleep Center at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center is a full service sleep disorder diagnostic and treatment facility with four patient rooms for day and night sleep monitoring, state-of-the-art equipment and a highly qualified physician in the field of sleep-related problems.

The Sleep Center, which opened in 1996 and moved to the hospital campus last year, conducts sleep studies to help diagnose and treat patients with everything from insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless legs to narcolepsy, sleep walking and night terrors.

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