CULLMAN – Cullman Regional’s Sleep Center has recently received a five-year re-accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
Accreditation by the AASM is the gold standard by which the medical community and the public evaluate sleep medicine facilities. Cullman Regional is proud to be a part of an elite group of centers nationwide who have met the AASM’s rigorous standards in safety, patient evaluation and care, staffing and education, policies and procedures, quality improvement, facility and equipment, among other standards which incorporate the latest advancements in sleep medicine.
“We are thrilled for this distinction. Our entire team is dedicated to providing the highest standards of care in our state-of-the-art facility,” said Cindy Goff, director of sleep center and respiratory therapy. “Our goal is to assure patients and their families that they are receiving quality diagnostics.”
One in three Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. An estimated 22 million Americans experience obstructive sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder. The impact can be great discomfort and an increased risk of developing other health issues such as hypertension, depression, job impairment, industrial accidents and even driving fatalities.
Cullman Regional’s Sleep Center focuses on identifying the physical or behavioral factors that affect sleep, from obstructed airways and breathing issues, to conditions including apnea and narcolepsy. The program’s mission is to help patients and their families understand their sleep disorder and provide specialized treatment, sleep studies and close follow-up care. The center’s multidisciplinary team includes two board-certified sleep physicians, Dr. Scott Warner and Dr. Mark Tafazoli, as well as registered sleep technologists and technicians.
Cullman Regional’s Sleep Disorders Center currently performs more than 2,000 sleep studies a year at its 12-bed center and treats patients ages 18 months and older. Rooms are designed to create an ambiance of a home bedroom or nice hotel room. The Sleep Center also has four handicap-accessible rooms and four rooms with Murphy beds for those who need a caregiver to stay with them.
Regular office hours for the Sleep Disorders Center are Monday –Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. Sleep Disorders Center hours are Monday – Thursday nights from 8:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. (subject to change to accommodate patient needs).
For more information about Cullman Regional Sleep Disorders Center, call 256-737-2140 or visit www.cullmanregional.com.