High standards, strong goals earn Sleep Disorder Center program accreditation

Little River Healthcare’s Sleep Disorder Center at Georgetown recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

The accreditation process started about 18 months ago, said Little River Healthcare Administrator Robert Torres, and is a great success for the center. Dr. Scott Franklin, director of the center, along with colleagues Carl Shultz, Cherry Gamboa and Shona Noling, spearheaded the accreditation process.

A sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional healthcare as designated by the AASM to receive accreditation for a 5-year period. These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care and quality assurance.  The sleep center’s goals must also be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.

 “For us to have achieved this accreditation, we had to develop policies, procedures and protocols within the standards of the industry for sleep medicine,” Torres said. “We submitted that paperwork to AASM and we were surveyed onsite by AASM to ascertain that we met the industry standards and the AASM standards. Shortly thereafter, we were granted accreditation for the next five years.”
Torres added that the accreditation also justifies the center’s ability to provide quality healthcare with leading industry standards and allows patients to know they are being taken care of by a competent staff led by Dr. Franklin.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Little River Healthcare Sleep Disorder Center at Georgetown on meeting the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said AASM President Dr. Nathaniel Watson. “Little River Healthcare Sleep Disorder Center at Georgetown 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 Sleep Disorder Center at Georgetown is located at 3201 S. Austin Ave., Ste. 370 and is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.SleepGeorgetown.com.

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