FISHERSVILLE — The Augusta Health Sleep Center recently received a five-year accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Directed by Dr. Evan Wenger, the center is located on Augusta Health’s campus. The facility combines a sleep clinic and lab and employs a team of technicians and a physician to diagnose and treat a variety of sleep disorders.
Such disorders include excessive sleepiness, sleep apnea, snoring associated with excessive sleepiness, sleep-wake cycle disturbances, parasomnias (unusual behaviors at night such as sleep walking, talking or seizures) and nocturnal periodic limb movements. Patients need a referral from their physician to make an appointment at the center.
The process involved inspection of the sleep center’s facility and staff, including evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts and physician training.
The center also was required to have clearly stated goals and plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in its community.
The center has four beds, aiming at a bed-and-breakfast inn atmosphere.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers and other healthcare providers, as well as a national accrediting body for sleep disorder centers and labs. It accredits more than 2,200 sleep medicine centers and laboratories across the country.