Guthrie Sleep Labs Receive National Accreditation

Two Guthrie sleep labs have recently been recognized for their high level of care. The Guthrie Sleep Disorder Centers at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital and Guthrie Corning Hospital received national program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Marie Droege, Executive Vice President, Hospital and Post-Acute Care Division said: “We are pleased to receive this accreditation from the AASM. Poor sleep can be caused by a range of factors, and it can have a debilitating impact on an individual’s health. Our sleep centers can help us to accurately diagnose a wide range of sleep problems, such as sleep apnea, parasomnia, and nocturnal seizures, helping us to find solutions that will help our patients get the rest they need. We are very proud of the hard work our teams in the sleep centers have done to receive this accreditation.”

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates both Guthrie Sleep Disorders Centers on meeting the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Nathaniel Watson, AASM president. “The Guthrie Sleep Disorders Centers are 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.”       

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

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited a sleep disorders center for the first time in 1977.  Today there are more than 2,500 AASM-accredited sleep centers across the country.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers, and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine. As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers, the AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 290 physicians and 175 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Sleep Lab: Back row: Han Suk Koh, MD, RPH Sleep Center Medical Director; Patrick Gergel; Joan Merrill; Roger Fike, Sleep Center Manager; Kathy Eiklor; Rebecca Tracy; Eleanor Marsh; Front row:  Yvonne Tigue; Brandy Nechwedowich  Absent:  Lonnie Stethers, NP; Lynda Bouck

Guthrie HealthWorks Sleep Lab: Back row:  Thomas Heil; Jeffrey Baker; Ronald Mullikin; Louis Dubois, MD, Corning Sleep Center Medical Director; Roger Fike, Sleep Center Manager Front Row:  Kelly Eldridge; Lindsey Brace; Shannon Eberlin Absent:  Michael Magliocca, NP