March 06, 2012
The United States is one tired nation, with an estimated 50 to 70 adults suffering from some type of sleep disorder such as insomnia and sleep apnea. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sleep is increasingly recognized as important to public health, with sleep sufficiency linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters and chronic illnesses such as hypertension, depression, diabetes and obesity, as well as cancer, increased mortality and a reduced quality of life and productivity. Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) for its Sleep Lab, successfully completing a rigorous process illustrating its unwavering commitment to a high standard of patient care.
To receive the prestigious 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 inspections 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 American Academy of Sleep Medicine currently accredits more than 2,200 sleep medicine centers and laboratories across the country.
“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Menorah Medical Center on fulfilling the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” says Nancy Collop, MD, AASM president. “Menorah 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.”
Quintin Cokingtin, MD, a board-certified physician in sleep medicine is the medical director in the Menorah Medical Center Sleep Lab. The lab, which is located in Medical Office Building No. 1 on the hospital’s Johnson County campus, holds sleep seminars throughout the year that are free and open to the public.
Dr. Cokingtin says the most common complaints Sleep Lab physicians receive from patients are symptoms relating to sleep apnea, insomnia and severe daytime sleepiness. “We are open seven days a week for the convenience of busy schedules, and see patients from age 13 and up who qualify for a sleep study,” says Dr. Cokingtin. “The AASM accreditation illustrates the commitment our physicians and technicians have to providing the gold standard of care for diagnosing sleep disorders.”
“The Menorah Medical Center Sleep Lab has met the stringent guidelines and performance review set forth by the AASM,” says Steven D. Wilkinson, president and chief executive officer of Menorah Medical Center. “This is another example of Menorah’s dedication to providing the community with the best services to meet its needs, including the health concerns of sleep disorders.”
The AASM is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers and other healthcare providers in the field of sleep medicine. As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers and labs, the AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.
For more information on upcoming sleep seminars that are free and open to the public and also offer continuing education credit for healthcare workers, contact Pam McDowell, RPSGT, RST and the Sleep Lab team lead at (913) 498-6191.