SOMC Sleep Diagnostic Center Moves, ExpandsPosted on January 4, 2007

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Sleep Diagnostic Center is relocating from 1671 Grant Street to the SOMC Main Campus at 1745 27th St. in the building which formerly housed SOMC’s cancer services until 2004.

The center will open for sleep diagnostic testing in early January, with a six-member staff of registered respiratory therapists providing a variety of tests for patients 13 and older.

“We’re very excited about the expansion of our services, ” Bryan Hammond, RT, director of Respiratory Therapy, says. “ We are acquiring some of the latest technology in sleep diagnostics and have a skilled and specialized staff administering tests.”

The center will use the Compumedics e-Series digital system to provide true sleep study data which can then be stored and retrieved in the Compumedics Nexus database.

“This system will grow with us in the future, as our needs change,” Hammond says. “Electronic medical records are becoming the expected way of holding data related to patients’ tests and we will be ready for that approach using this system.”

Dr. Ammar Ghanem

Ammar Ghanem, MD, a pulmonologist on staff at SOMC, has received his board certification in Sleep Medicine from the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He is also board-certified in Pulmonary Medicine and Internal Medicine.

“This new facility will provide an excellent environment and appropriate equipment for conducting sleep diagnostic studies,” Dr. Ghanem says. “The dangers of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders are very real. Sleep apnea is a real stress to the heart and treating sleep apnea prevents cardiac morbidities and may improve survival. Developing and providing this program to our community is a tremendous benefit.”

Dr. Elie Saab

“The testing is non-invasive,” Elie Saab, MD, a pulmonologist on staff at SOMC, explains. “There are no needles or invasive procedures. The test is painless and provides a wealth of data from which we can determine a variety of sleep disorders and provide appropriate treatment.”

The facility includes new beds with specialized pressure-relieving mattresses in a comfortable, home-like environment.”

Most sleep loss is due to poor sleep habits and stress. However, millions of people suffer from undiagnosed sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and narcolepsy. These people should be encouraged to seek medical attention.

The SOMC Sleep Diagnostic Center will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in conjunction with the SOMC Wound Healing Center, which occupies part of the same building. The staff invites employees and physicians to stop by for refreshments and a tour.

For more information about the SOMC Sleep Diagnostic Center, call 356-8111.

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