GCH Sleep Lab Earns Re-accreditation

The Geary Community Hospital Sleep Lab recently attained reaccreditation through the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)

The GCH sleep lab team proudly presents their reaccreditation certificate. L-r: Kevin Watson, James Reynaud, Latoya Muhammad and Redo Purnell.

“AASM accreditation is a voluntary process for the assessment of sleep programs and is the gold standard by which the medical community and the public can evaluate sleep medicine services,” said Joe Stratton, GCH Chief Executive Officer. “Geary Community Hospital’s sleep lab has been accredited since 2005 but this renewal serves as an reminder to our patients, families and referring physicians that we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care at Geary Community Hospital.”

GCH operates a two bed lab that performs polysomnography’s, split night studies, MSLT’s, titration studies and home sleep testing.

“Sleep labs have become more prevalent in the healthcare world,” said Julie Vines, Director of Sleep Lab at GCH. “There are over 80 different types of sleep disorders ranging from difficulty sleeping at night to problems with excessive daytime sleepiness. A sleep disorder can affect your overall health, safety and quality of life. Sleep deprivation can affect your ability to drive safely and increase your risk of other health problems.”

The AASM has accredited sleep centers since 1977, and today there are more than 2,500 AASM-accredited sleep facilities. Through regular review and revision of the AASM Standards for Accreditation, the AASM has ensured that the requirements continue to incorporate the latest advances in sleep medicine and meet the needs of patients and referring physicians.

GCH Radiology Receives Mammography Chair

The Geary Community Hospital Rago Radiology Department received a mammography chair from Rhonda Sharp, owner of The Mane Thing and Headlines. Throughout the month of October The Mane Thing and Headlines run a breast cancer awareness campaign called “Color for a Cure.”  For every hair color service at both salons, a portion of the proceeds is donated toward the “Color for a Cure” campaign. Those proceeds are used to purchase equipment through the Geary Community  Foundation related to breast health and wellness, such as the mammography chair.

“After visiting with Pat Small and patients among the community, it became aware to me that this chair is a valid need in our GCH Radiology Department,” said Jolana Montgomery-Matney, Executive Director of the Geary Community  Foundation. “This was a great opportunity to designate “Color for a Cure” campaign funds toward the chair and meet the needs of our GCH patients and families. It’s also a prime example of the several services the Geary Community  Foundation provides. We keep up to date on the community health and connect the dots between our patient’s needs and generous donors among the community.”

“This chair is very special to have, it is helpful for our patients and improves their experience here at GCH,” said Joe Stratton, GCH chief executive officer. “Some of our patients cannot stand for very long and can make the mammogram difficult to conduct. The adjustable mammography chair allows patients to sit comfortably and have their exam completed effectively.”

Image:  (l-r) Pat Small, Director of GCH Radiology, Rhonda Sharp, Owner of The Mane Thing and Headlines and Jolana Montgomery-Matney, Executive Director of the Geary Community Foundation.

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