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Parkview opens sleep disorders center

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Parkview Huntington Hospital on Friday, October 28, to officially open the hospital’s new Sleep Disorders Center, where testing to diagnose a variety of sleep disorders is now offered. The new hospital service is located in Suite 110 of the John B. Kay Medical Office Building on the Parkview Huntington Hospital campus.

Srinivasan Devanathan, MD, of Parkview Sleep Medicine, a member of Parkview Physicians Group, is a pulmonologist credentialed in sleep studies who diagnoses and treats patients with sleep disorders on an outpatient basis at the center. Assisting Dr. Devanathan is pulmonologist Manuel Martinez, MD.

The Sleep Disorders Center is made possible thanks to a grant of more than $93,000 from the Parkview Huntington Foundation. The two-bed, state-of-the-art Sleep Center is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Late in 2010, Parkview Huntington Foundation’s board of directors was approached about playing a role in establishing a new Sleep Disorders Center at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

After hearing an overview of the sleep-disorders studies program from pulmonologist Srinivasan Devanathan, MD, as well as reviewing summaries of the plans for the center, the board voted unanimously on January 26, 2011, to commit $93,503 to help construct, equip and furnish the Sleep Disorders Center.

The money came from Foundation’s unrestricted Greatest Need Fund.

Foundation board of directors’ members Kay Schwob and Derek Dyer, DC, were members of a Sleep Disorders Center Planning Committee that met several times last spring to review suggestions for room furnishings and décor.

“After the presentation was made to the Parkview Huntington Foundation board, it seemed like there was a great need in our community for a center like this,” said Schwob. “The board wanted to get behind a big project that could really make an impact in our community. We support the hospital in so many ways with smaller grants, which are all very worthwhile, but the board wanted to support a much larger project, and the sleep center was a perfect fit.”

“It has been great to see Parkview Huntington Hospital continue to expand its services to our community,” added Dr. Dyer.  “As a member of the planning committee for the Huntington Sleep Disorders Center, the goal was to design a top-notch facility that will have a great impact on improving the health and lives of people of Huntington.”

Parkview Huntington Foundation board chair Ruth Marsh said: “Providing a Sleep Disorders Center for our community is directionally correct in treating the root cause of sleep-related health issues instead of just the symptoms. This approach is consistent with the Parkview Health System mission.”

“The Foundation board’s significant commitment to this project demonstrates how generosity is used to heal,” added Mike Perkins, Parkview Huntington Foundation director. “The generosity of all those who have contributed to the Foundation’s Greatest Need Fund over the years has made it possible to help establish the Sleep Disorder Center. This important and much-needed medical service is now available to patients locally, thanks to gifts to Parkview Huntington Hospital though the Parkview Huntington Foundation.”

“This new service enhances our ability to provide healthcare needs right here in our own community,” said Darlene Garrett, Parkview Huntington Hospital chief operating officer.

Quality sleep has a tremendous impact on general health, with untreated sleep problems increasing a person’s risk for high blood pressure and stroke, according to the American Sleep Association.

The sleep study rooms are “very nice,” commented one of the first patients to undergo a sleep disorders diagnosis. “Like I always say, nothing like being home,” the patient added, referring to the convenience of the clinic being located in Huntington rather than many miles away.

Results from sleep studies and other medical tests, such as a polysomnogram, multiple sleep latency test or maintenance of wakefulness test, help physicians diagnose sleep disorders, the most common being insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy.

A physician’s referral is required for the sleep studies. For additional information about sleep studies, call (260) 373-5850.