HEALTH BRIEFS: Sleep center accredited

2014-06-23T17:15:00Z 2014-06-23T19:29:14Z HEALTH BRIEFS: Sleep center accreditedTimes Staff nwitimes.com
June 23, 2014 5:15 pm  • 

HOBART | St. Mary Medical Center Sleep Diagnostics Center recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. 

To receive accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM.

They address core areas, such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care and quality assurance.

Also, 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. 

“AASM accreditation means we achieved the gold standard of care for our patients,” said pulmonologist Dr. Fadi Layous, medical director of St. Mary Medical Center’s Sleep Diagnostic Center, in a statement. 

Outpatient therapy added

SCHERERVILLE | Residences at Deer Creek, 401 E. U.S. 30, has announced the addition of outpatient therapy services. 

Physical, speech and occupational therapy will be offered in the fitness center.

Therapy services are covered by most private insurance plans and Medicare. Deductibles, co-insurance and other limits may apply.

For more information, call (219) 864-0700.

Oncology program recognized

HARVEY | Ingalls Memorial Hospital is one of eight community oncology programs in the United States recognized by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) for its commitment to high-quality clinical trials programs. 

As a recipient of the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Clinical Trials Participation Award, Ingalls is honored for its contribution to the improvement of cancer care through clinical research in a community-based setting. 

Oncology programs were selected to receive the ASCO award based on several criteria, which emphasize high patient accrual in clinical trials by overcoming barriers to enrollment.

In 2013, nearly 100 patients enrolled in clinical trials at Ingalls. 

“On average, 15 percent of our patients are participating in a cancer clinical trial, which far exceeds the Commission on Cancer’s standard accrual rate of 6 percent," said Dr. Mark Kozloff, hematologist/oncologist and medical director of Ingalls Cancer Clinical Trials.

Preference was also given to clinical trial programs that serve and connect with underrepresented populations in their communities.

Ingalls enrolls up to 35 percent of minority patients on clinical trials every year, more than tripling the national average of less than 10 percent.

Hospital earns stroke recertification

DYER | Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital recently achieved two-year Primary Stroke Recertification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, an independent accreditation authority. 

The process reviewed the hospital’s stroke program, which first received accreditation four years ago and will undergo the process again in 2016.

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