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St. Luke's Sleep Center Receives National Recognition

Monday, July 21, 2003

MILWAUKEE, Wis., –The Sleep Disorders Center at St. Luke’s Medical Center recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), recognizing the Center’s high level of quality care for patients with sleep disorders.

“The AASM congratulates the St. Luke’s Sleep Disorders Center on fulfilling the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorder center,” said Conrad Iber, M.D., president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “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.”

To receive a five-year accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional quality healthcare as designated by the Academy. Currently, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredits 12 sleep centers in Wisconsin.

“We’re very proud of this distinction,” says Michael Katzoff, M.D., medical director of the St. Luke’s Sleep Disorders Center. “This represents recognition from experts in our field that we offer our patients the best care, whether it’s for apnea, snoring, insomnia or other problems. We help people get a good night’s sleep.”

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine 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 is a professional membership organization dedicated to assuring quality care for patients with sleep disorders, promoting the advancement of sleep research, and providing public and professional education. # # #

Contact: Christopher Miller 414-385-2362

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