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WCA Hospital Sleep Center Team: seated, Frank Arnal, MD, FCCP, board certified in Internal Medicine with sub-specialties in sleep, pulmonary and critical care medicine and Medical Director of the WCA Sleep Center; Jennifer Wendel, RRT-SDS, RPSGT, Sleep Center Coordinator. Standing (front), Heather Cater, Sleep Center Registrar; Rockland Milne, FACHE, RRT, RPSGT, Director of the Sleep Center (back).

Jamestown, New York (Friday, July 31, 2009)—WCA Hospital officials are pleased to announce that the WCA Hospital Sleep Center has been awarded a five-year term of accreditation in Sleep Medicine as the result of a recent survey by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

The WCA Hospital Sleep Center is the only sleep center to be designated an accredited sleep center in Jamestown, New York.  To receive accreditation, WCA met or exceeded all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates the WCA Hospital Sleep Center on fulfilling the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Clete Kushida, AASM President.  “The Center is a significant 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 currently accredits more than 1,600 sleep medicine centers and laboratories across the country and is the national accrediting body for sleep disorders and labs, dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.

“The AASM accreditation demonstrates our continuing pledge to build the strongest quality medical community possible,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “Accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine inspires a high level of confidence for our patients, referring physicians and managed care organizations and assures them that only the highest level of quality of care is being provided at WCA.  We congratulate everyone involved in this outstanding achievement.”

To receive a five-year accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM.  The accreditation process involves detailed inspection of a center’s facility and staff, including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contact, and physician training.  Additionally, the facility’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves. 

“Our accreditation represents the pinnacle of quality and the tremendous effort on the part of the staff that made this major accomplishment possible,” said Frank Arnal, MD, FCCP, board certified in Pulmonary Medicine  who recently earned his Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sleep Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine. “We are extremely proud of this achievement.”

Rockland Milne, Director of WCA Hospital Sleep Center, credits the dedicated and caring staff with the program’s ability to rank among the elite providers nationally.  “It is very rewarding to initiate a program, develop that program over the years from ground zero, and then reach the level of national benchmarks that signify best practices,” remarks Milne.  “This is a very rewarding accomplishment for everyone involved and something we are very proud of.”

The Association of Sleep Disorders Centers, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is the only professional society that is dedicated exclusively to the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine. As the leading voice in the field of sleep medicine, the AASM sets standards and promotes excellence in health care, education and research.

To schedule a sleep study at the WCA Sleep Center, call (716) 664-8430. A physician referral is required.


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