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Thursday, 23 August 2012

Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) has announced that the hospital’s Sleep Disorder Center has received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). BRMC joins Olean General Hospital as the region’s only two sleep centers accredited by AASM.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates the BRMC Sleep Disorder Center on fulfilling the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Sam Fleishman, AASM president. “The BRMC Sleep Disorder 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.”

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 contacts, 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.

The BRMC Sleep Disorder Center is directed by Frank Arnal, MD, FCCP, and is located at 116 Interstate Parkway, Suite 32, Bradford, PA. The Sleep Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders including insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, and snoring for adults and children.

“This accreditation shows that BRMC is committed to providing the highest quality care and treatment to all of our patients. Following through with the accreditation process is a demonstration of that commitment,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Chronic sleep disorders and intermittent sleep problems can significantly diminish health, alertness and safety. Untreated sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Sleep problems can take many forms and can involve too little sleep, too much sleep or inadequate quality of sleep.

After an initial consultation with a physician, patients can be referred for a sleep study. The medical term for this study is “polysomnogram,” which is a noninvasive, pain-free procedure that usually requires spending a night or two in a sleep facility. During a polysomnogram, a sleep technologist records multiple biological functions during sleep, such as brain wave activity, eye movement, muscle tone, heart rhythm and breathing via electrodes and monitors placed on the head, chest and legs.

After a full night’s sleep is recorded, the data will be tabulated by a technologist and presented to a physician for interpretation. Depending on the physician’s orders, patients may be given therapy during the course of the study, which may include medication, oxygen or a device called continuous positive airway pressure therapy, or CPAP.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine currently accredits more than 2,400 sleep medicine 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.

For more information on the Sleep Disorder Center at Bradford Regional Medical Center, call 814-362-8732 or log on to

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