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Saint Elizabeth Sleep Disorders Center Receives Accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

April 20 2011

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - Saint Elizabeth Sleep Disorders Center has been awarded accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).  The AASM is a professional society for the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine and was established in 1975. The Saint Elizabeth Sleep Disorders Center has demonstrated a commitment to the highest level of quality of care in the treatment and diagnosis of sleep disorders as well as complied with the AASM Standards of Accreditation, the gold standard for patient care in the sleep medicine field. The gold standards for patient care are regularly reviewed and updated demonstrating the latest advances in sleep medicine, and are designed to guarantee quality.

Taking Sleep Medicine to a Higher Level

The Saint Elizabeth Sleep Disorders Center opened in 1997 and expanded in 2008 to a 5 bed center featuring bedrooms just like “home” and offers a full on-site lab. The Center is staffed by registered technologists and board-certified sleep specialists and offers an on-site Home Medical Equipment center to meet the needs of patients as well as providing clinical education and follow-up on equipment. Dr. Doug Fiedler, who is Board Certified in sleep medicine, serves as the center’s Medical Director.

“About 40 million people in the United States suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. We feel that with the Saint Elizabeth Sleep Disorders Center becoming accredited, it demonstrates our commitment in providing quality sleep healthcare for our patients,” stated Jay Snyder, RRT, Director, Pulmonary Services. “Patients can feel confident that by becoming an accredited sleep disorders center we have demonstrated our excellence in patient evaluation and care, physician and staff training, equipment and facilities, emergency procedures and other areas relevant to our patient care.”

“All of our sleep technologists are licensed in Respiratory Care and hold either a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. Additionally, all of our sleep technologists have Registered Polysomnography (RPSGT) credentials. The RPSGT credentialing in sleep medicine is the highest credential for technologists and is the ‘gold standard’ for our field.  Our staff has worked very hard to obtain these credentials so they can give you the best possible care,” stated Snyder.
About Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center

Founded more than 120 years ago, Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center is a full-service, 260-bed nonprofit regional medical center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Saint Elizabeth has been selected as a Top 100 Hospital® in the nation by Thomson Reuters five times and has been recognized as a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing since 2004. Saint Elizabeth is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. Saint Elizabeth is guided by its core values of reverence, integrity, compassion, and excellence to devote funding and resources to programs and services that benefit their patients as well as the health of the greater community.

Catholic Health Initiatives is a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver. The faith- based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; 2 community health-services organizations; and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2010, CHI provided almost $590 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education, and research. With annual revenues of approximately $9 billion, CHI is the nation's third- largest Catholic healthcare system.