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WV Public Employees Insurance Agency Members Now Eligible for Testing At The Sleep Center of Wheeling Hospital

February 24, 2011

WHEELING, W.Va. – Members of the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) can now receive testing at The Sleep Center of Wheeling Hospital.

The hospital recently became an approved provider in the Sleep Management Solutions Network. William Boring, director of Respiratory Care Services/The Sleep Center, said, “This further validates the quality of the services provided by our comprehensive sleep center, which is accredited by the Joint Commission. And it also opens the door for testing of PEIA members.”

The center provides a wide range of testing for those who may be suffering from sleep disorders. The center, part of the hospital's Respiratory Care Services, provides clinical diagnostic evaluations and treatment.

Evaluations at The Sleep Center can distinguish between neurological disorders and breathing-related disorders, such as obtrusive sleep apnea, which is marked by excessive snoring and experienced by 18 million people.

Additionally, excessive daytime sleepiness can be evaluated with multiple sleep latency testing. The lab also provides maintenance of wakefulness testing for public transportation equipment operators.

Patients having sleep evaluations report to The Sleep Center during the early evening and leave shortly after 6 a.m. the following day. Those who must report to their jobs earlier can have their testing times adjusted.

While the patient is asleep, a tremendous amount of data is collected for evaluation, including how long the patient remains in each stage of sleep (brain waves), the amount and level of snoring, body movements and other indicators of sleep quality and adequate breathing.

After the evaluation, patients make appointments with their own physicians or a sleep specialist to discuss the test results and any necessary additional testing and treatment options.

Sleep disorders in themselves can seriously disrupt a person's life, and studies continue to show how lack of sleep can be linked to other serious medical problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. That's why Wheeling Hospital offers sleep evaluations with the newest equipment available.

Patients must schedule appointments through their physicians, who may call The Sleep Center at 304-243-3720, and the staff will guide them through the process.

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Contact: Gregg Warren, Vice President, Public Relations and Marketing
304-243-3260


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