May 22nd, 2013
Three services at Great River Medical Center recently received accreditation or reaccreditation. Accreditation provides independent, objective verification of quality and enhances credibility.
Great River Sleep Disorders Center was granted five-year reaccreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Sleep testing helps identify the cause of restless sleep, such as chronic obstruction sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and restless leg syndrome. Only 22 Iowa hospitals have AASM sleep-study accreditation
Great River Sleep Disorder Center received accreditation for out-of-center sleep testing, which allows limited sleep studies to be performed in the homes of people who meet specific criteria. This also is a five-year accreditation.
The Laboratory Accreditation Board of American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic (EEG) and Evoked Potential Technologists renewed its five-year accreditation of EEG services, which are provided through Great River Sleep Disorders Center. Great River Medical Center is one of only three hospitals in the state with this distinction.
EEG testing helps physicians diagnose a variety of neurological problems, such as:
· Degenerative brain disease
· Organic causes of psychiatric symptoms
· Seizure disorders
Great River Medical Center EEG technologists also are certified in intraoperative spinal-cord monitoring. They record and study the electric activity of the brain and nervous system during surgery to spot changes in brain, spinal-cord and peripheral-nerve function to help prevent irreversible damage.
Great River Sleep Disorders Center recently expanded and moved to the first floor of the hospital. Referral from a health care provider is required for sleep studies and EEG testing. For more information, visit www.greatrivermedical.org or call 319-768-4325.