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SMMC Sleep Lab Receives Program Accreditation from AASM

08/15/2013

BIDDEFORD, Maine – August 15, 2013 – Southern Maine Medical Center’s (SMMC) Sleep Lab in Kennebunk has received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). This five-year designation is only awarded to programs that meet or exceed all standards for professional health care by the AASM. These core standards include personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care and quality assurance. Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.

“One in four Americans do not enjoy the benefits of good sleep due to common sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia or narcolepsy,” said Vice President of Ancillary Services Steve Keegan. “SMMC’s specialty trained physicians and staff, who are registered polysomnographic technologists and credentialed in respiratory care, offer a full spectrum of care from initial evaluation to sleep study review to diagnosis and long-term management. The Sleep Lab facilities include private bedrooms for sleep studies, supported by state-of-the art sleep equipment,” added Keegan.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Southern Maine Medical Center’s Sleep Lab for fulfilling the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. M. Safwan Badr, AASM president. “The SMHC Sleep Lab is a significant resource to the local medical community and provides academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”

The SMHC Sleep Lab is directed by Christopher Hughes, MD, PhD, and is located in the Goodall Health Center at 2 Livewell Drive in Kennebunk. Anyone who feels they might benefit from a sleep study should discuss their concerns with their physician.

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including an acute care medical center licensed for 150 beds in Biddeford, Maine, offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMHC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Medical Center and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org or @smmcHealth.

About The American Academy of Sleep Medicine
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) 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, the AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research. The AASM accredited a sleep disorders center for the first time in 1977. Today there are more than 2,500 AASM-accredited sleep centers across the country.

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Media Contact:
Leslie Roberts
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lbroberts@smmc.org

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