Published on January 04, 2016

Accreditation for Sleep Center at Pella Regional

PELLA, Iowa— The Sleep Center at Pella Regional Health Center has been awarded reaccreditation for a period of five years by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

AASM Accreditation of Sleep Disorders Centers is a voluntary process for the assessment of sleep programs. By achieving accreditation the provider demonstrates a commitment to the provision of quality diagnostic services and/or long-term management of sleep patients. This accreditation reflects a commitment to ensure that sleep disorders patients receive the highest quality of care.

“There are about 100 sleep centers in Iowa, and only 19 of those are accredited facilities,” said Darren Shull, manager of the Sleep Center at Pella Regional. “Of those, only 14 are accredited to do home sleep testing. Accreditation means that our patients not only get a sleep study, they also get a treatment plan, follow up care, as well as education and expert guidance on how to improve their overall health and quality of life.”

Home sleep testing can screen for sleep apnea from the comforts of the patient’s home with equipment that is very easy to operate. After the test is completed, the staff downloads the recorded results and a board certified sleep physician at Pella Regional reviews the data. This option is for individuals who have suspected sleep apnea, but no other health concerns. Pella Regional’s sleep physician evaluates and determines who is a candidate for this type of testing.