St. Joseph Campus SleepCare Holds Sleep Apnea Seminar During National Sleep Awareness Week

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March 2, 2010

Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus is holding a free sleep apnea seminar during National Sleep Awareness Week on March 11, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the hospital’s Community Room located at 2605 Harlem Road in Cheektowaga. Registration is required for this free seminar by calling (716) 891-2782.

Dr. Alexander Gelfer, medical director of SleepCare at St. Joseph Campus, will explain how sleep is vital to a person’s overall health and wellbeing, yet millions of people don’t get enough sleep or suffer from a sleep disorder and don’t even know it.

“If your doctor suspects that you have a sleep disorder, he or she may recommend a sleep study,” says Dr. Gelfer. “This will help determine some of the problems that are being experienced. Then the diagnosis will determine what treatment will be performed.”

SleepCare recently received re-accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) for its commitment to provide high quality patient care and testing services for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep related disorders.

“We are very proud of the sleep services we offer and the high caliber of our professional staff,” Dr. Gelfer added. “This recognition is a significant accomplishment for our hospital and an added assurance to our patients that the sleep services we provide are of the highest quality.”

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.