ST. MARYS, Georgia: Feb. 29, 2012– The Southeast Georgia Health System
Camden Campus Sleep Management Center’s commitment to providing
quality care has been validated through a five-year program accreditation
from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
"Accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine is the
gold standard for excellence in centers diagnosing sleep disorders. This
assures both patients and referring physicians that all testing is performed
and interpreted according to well recognized national standards,”
says C. David Sudduth, M.D., medical director of the Health System’s
Sleep Management Centers. “The accreditation also requires that
all physicians and testing personnel be graduates of recognized training
programs, and credentialed in their individual roles and they are required
to stay current on new trends in the profession."
According to Timothy P. Bryant, MBA, RT(R)(N), manager, Radiology and Cardio-Pulmonary
Services, all of the Center’s sleep technologists are also registered
polysommographers. “Anyone undergoing a sleep study should ask if
the technologists are registered,” Bryant says. “This ensures
that the staff members have all the proper training to provide the best
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 American Academy
of Sleep Medicine currently accredits more than 2,200 sleep medicine centers
and laboratories across the country. Both of the Health System’s
Sleep Management Centers are AASM accredited.
“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Sleep Management
Center - Camden Campus on fulfilling the high standards required for receiving
accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Nancy Collop, M.D.,
AASM president. “The 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.”
For more information about the Sleep Management Center, which is located
on the Camden Campus, 2000 Dan Proctor Drive, St. Marys, call 912- 576-6474.