Mercy Hospital’s Sleep Lab has been awarded a 5-year accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The Mercy Sleep Lab is a state-of-the-art facility that provides diagnostic and treatment services for all types of sleep disorders.
“Achieving this national accreditation by the AASM demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest quality of care for our patients with sleep disorders,” said Francis Augustine, MD, Medical Director of the Mercy Sleep Lab. “Besides the many symptoms that sleep disorders can cause such as daytime sleepiness, difficulty falling asleep, or excessive snoring, sleep disorders can also lead to higher risk for heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and driving or work-related accidents.”
“The good news is that we can change the lives of people with sleep disorders through proper diagnosis and treatment,” said Dr. Augustine.
To receive accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. During this voluntary process, the center undergoes a rigorous review of its 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 Mercy Sleep Lab is a 4-bed unit featuring private, hotel-style suites for the comfort of the patient. Staffed by board-certified physicians in Sleep Medicine and licensed respiratory therapists certified in polysomnography technology, the Lab is equipped with the most advanced sleep monitoring system available. The Lab is located next door to the hospital in the Marian Office Building, first floor, 515 Abbott Road in Buffalo. For more information, call 716-828-2335.