ASHEVILLE, N.C. (June 13, 2012) – Mission Hospital Sleep Center in Asheville recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
The Mission Hospital Sleep Center features 14 private sleep bedrooms and one pediatric sleep bedroom. The team includes certified American Board of Sleep Medicine Diplomates, pulmonary physicians, psychologists, and registered polysomnographic technologists. Physicians are dedicated to diagnosing all types of sleep disorders including narcolepsy, sleep apnea and insomnia.
“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Mission Hospital Sleep Center on fulfilling the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Nancy Collop, AASM president. “The Mission Hospital Sleep Center 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.”
To receive a 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 inspection 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.
“Attaining this recognition reflects our commitment to our patients at the sleep center,” said Calvin Gardner, Director of Mission Hospital Sleep Center. “We understand that getting enough sleep is critical to maintaining the overall health of a patient. Our specialists treat each diagnosis differently and make sure the patient receives the best possible treatments.”
The Mission Hospital Sleep Center is located at 5 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 302.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers, and other health care 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. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine currently accredits more than 2,200 sleep medicine centers and laboratories across the country.
About Mission Health
Mission Health, based in Asheville, NC, is the state’s sixth largest health system and the tertiary care regional referral center for Western NC and the adjoining region. In 2012, Mission Health was named by Thomson Reuters as one of the Top 15 health systems in the nation – the only health system in North Carolina to receive this recognition.
Founded in 1885, Mission Health is the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in Western North Carolina. Mission operates five hospitals, numerous out-patient and surgery centers, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 750 physicians, and is certified in over 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties. Centers of excellence include heart, stroke care and neurosciences, and pediatrics. Mission Hospital, the system’s flagship hospital, is licensed for 730 beds and is the busiest surgical hospital in North Carolina. Other Mission hospitals include Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, McDowell Hospital in Marion, and Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville. With approximately 8,800 employees and 700 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated solely to serving and improving the health and wellness of the people of Western North Carolina.