Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC
Sleep Disorders Center
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Any doctor will tell you, if asked, that sleep is central to your overall health and well-being. The demand for sleep health services has been growing and it has been hard for the healthcare industry to keep up. The Charles George VA Medical Center recently took a big step toward meeting the sleep health needs of its Veterans by opening a Sleep Disorders Center (SDC) on January 9, 2017.
The center consolidates sleeps services into one convenient place for Veterans and adds the capability to conduct all night sleep studies in-house. Four rooms will be available for the sleep studies and have been designed to make Veterans as comfortable as possible to get the most accurate results from the studies.
“In the past we were sending all of our Sleep Studies out into the community, where there was also a considerable wait,” said Dr. Muhammad Sayed Chief of Sleep Medicine. “In the community we were unable to control quality or costs before but now well will have the best possible environment for Veterans.”
Sayed came to Asheville from Seattle, Washington, where he had had experience opening sleep centers in the private sector. At the Charles George VA he was able to oversee the design of the clinic from the ground up incorporating the latest technologies for the best possible care.
The SDC is located at “3 East” at the medical center and renovated old inpatient areas for the new space. The SDC will see more than 6000 Veterans who are currently using sleep services and will be part of taking care of more than 2000 new consults for sleep studies. In a normal year the SDC will provide around 1200 in-house sleep studies and will begin a home sleep testing program within the next few months. The SDC will also be the one stop shop for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) monitoring and supplies.
“I want to thank all of our staff for all of their hard work in making this a reality,” said Medical Center Director Cynthia Breyfogle. “Especially, our professionals in the Sleep Disorders Center who have done so much behind the scenes work to get ready to serve Veterans.”