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First In Area To Offer Pediatric Sleep Services Ages 5 And Older

Jamestown, New York (Thursday, December 6, 2007)—The WCA Hospital Sleep Center is pleased to announce expanded services to now accommodate six patients undergoing sleep studies simultaneously.  The expanded Center will also have a designated room for pediatric sleep studies for young patients, five years of age and older.

“This expansion represents our continuous commitment to enhance our care to meet the needs of our ever-changing communities,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “Our expanded sleep services support our mission to improve the health of the region while building a strong medical community that is responsive to the current and future needs of those we serve.”

Dr. Arnal“We take pride in improving the quality of our patients’ lives,” said Frank Arnal, M.D., FCCP, board certified in Pulmonology with sub-specialties in pulmonary and critical care medicine, and board eligible in sleep medicine.  “Treatment of sleep disorders helps reduce a patient’s risk for heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, arrhythmias, and driving or work-related accidents.  Everyone wants to wake up each day feeling rejuvenated and energetic.  Our sleep center provides patients with thorough, immediate treatment, helping improve their quality of life right away.”

The Center offers all-night polysomnographic monitoring and daytime testing. During a sleep study, patients spend the night and are monitored by sleep technologists using a variety of equipment, including infrared closed-circuit television cameras, which record in the dark, to monitor body functions through different sleep stages in order to recognize various sleep disorders.

Rockland MilneThe WCA Hospital Sleep Center features advanced digital technology and rooms for six patient studies.  “One call from the referring physician and our center will complete the pre-authorization process and schedule the study immediately,” says Rockland Milne, FACHE, RRT, RPSGT, Director of Respiratory and Neurology Care at WCA.  “Our staff pride themselves on outstanding turn-around times beginning with physician referral, through the insurance pre-authorization process, patient scheduling, test completion, and getting the results back to the referring physician.  Our focus is on accuracy, quality, and timeliness throughout the entire process.”

The WCA Sleep Center is a referral facility designed to diagnose and recommend treatment for the most complex sleep disorders.  WCA is the only center in the region that treats complex sleep apnea. “We are committed to minimizing the negative impact of obstructive sleep apnea,” says Dr. Arnal.  “We treat these abnormalities in breathing during sleep with the most rapid diagnosis and care possible.”

Sleep technologists at the Center are board certified or eligible, and begin working with patients from the earliest phase of night-time diagnostic testing to help patients gain an understanding of sleep disorders including testing processes and treatment.

During the pediatric studies, the sleep study rooms feature stuffed animals, colorful blankets, and other age-appropriate décor.

“We are pleased to be able to provide sleep services right here, close to home,” said Milne.  “We know these services will go a long way in helping people improve their sleeping habits and enjoy a good night’s rest.”

Sleep problems are common and can be treated. If individuals believe they have a sleep disorder, the first step is to call their primary care physician. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the WCA Sleep Center at (716) 664-8430.  A physician referral is required.

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