St. Mary Medical Center Sleep Diagnostic Center Recieves Program Accreditation

By: Community Healthcare System Last Updated: June 17, 2014

AASM-logoSt. Mary Medical Center Sleep Diagnostics Center recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

“AASM accreditation means we achieved the ‘gold standard’ of care for our patients,” said pulmonologist Fadi Layous, MD, FAASM, medical director of St. Mary Medical Center’s Sleep Diagnostic Center. “Our experienced team of physicians, sleep technicians and staff utilize the best technologies to offer excellent, compassionate care to help patients achieve optimal health through better sleep.”

To receive accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. These standards address core areas such as 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.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates St. Mary Medical Center Sleep Diagnostics Center on meeting the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, AASM president. “St. Mary Medical Center Sleep Diagnostics Center is an important 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.”

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, the AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.

St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, Indiana, is a 195 bed acute-care hospital with more than 1,200 employees and 400 physicians on staff. The hospital operates several medical offices and outpatient facilities throughout Northwest Indiana, including Valparaiso, Portage and Crown Point. As part of Community Healthcare System, the hospital joins an extensive network of physician offices, healthcare resources and outpatient services -- at more than 25 locations – throughout Northwest Indiana.