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Holy Family Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center Receives Program Accreditation

DES PLAINES, IL – (May 10, 2012) Holy Family Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center has received the highest program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

“I am so pleased to receive this accreditation from the AASM,” said Pam Bell, CEO, Holy Family Medical Center. “The inspection process was quite rigorous and it means a great deal to us to receive recognition for the high quality of care we provide.”

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 congratulates The Holy Family Sleep Disorders Center on fulfilling the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Nancy Collop, AASM president. “The Holy Family Sleep Disorders 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.”

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine currently accredits more than 2,200 sleep medicine centers and laboratories across the country. The Holy Family Sleep Disorders Center is directed by Anita Fischer, M.D., and is located at 100 N. River Road in Des Plaines.

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Founded in 1961, Holy Family Medical Center (HFMC) is a faith-based Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH) in Illinois, and the only such hospital in the Northwest Chicago land area. Holy Family operates 105 LTACH beds and specializes in providing care for patients who are critically ill with complex conditions and must be hospitalized for an extended period of time. HFMC is the only specialty hospital campus in Illinois with comprehensive outpatient services including: same-day surgery, G.I. lab, medical imaging, Women’s Imaging Center, Wound Healing Center, sleep disorder treatment, a Pain Center, cardiology, and physical, occupational and speech therapies, and the Keys to Recovery substance abuse treatment program. For more information, visit hfmc.reshealth.org.

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 and labs, the AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.

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