CentraCare Health-Monticello opens sleep center in medical group building

CentraCare Health-Monticello’s Sleep Center is now scheduling patients for consultations and sleep studies. The center opened its doors Dec. 3.
The sleep center is located on the top floor of CentraCare Health-Monticello Medical Group. “We are excited to bring back this important service with guidance from experts at the Sleep Center in St. Cloud,” said Heather Eidem, CentraCare Health-Monticello community relations generalist. “We are also are working with Dr. Bernice Kolb from the Buffalo Clinic to provide a dedicated physician, certified in Sleep Medicine, to care for patients with sleep conditions.”
Lack of sleep is a significant health risk, said Jim Davidson, director of respiratory therapy at CentraCare Health-Monticello’s Sleep Center. Motor vehicle incidents, occupational accidents, reduced quality of life and lack of energy have all been attributed to insufficient sleep.
While some people are aware they have a sleep disorder, many are not.  Having a sleep center locally allows people to get the care they need to treat their sleep disorder and creates a safer and healthier community. Newly remodeled rooms at the CentraCare Health-Monticello’s Sleep Center have Select Comfort beds with views of the Mississippi River. Patients can relax while watching the flat screen TV.  Wireless Internet is also available and  each room also has its own private bathroom and shower.
“Many people in our communities suffer from the effects of poor sleep and serious sleep conditions such as sleep apnea. Our goal is to provide this complex service locally so that patients can get e care they need without having to spend the night far from home during their sleep test,” Eidem said in an email. CentraCare Health-Monticello currently has two staffers who are registered sleep technologists “The RPSGT exam is taken through the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists,” Eidem said. “There are many criteria to qualify for boards, including the most common requirement of 1,638 hours of experience along with a board driven self-study program or if you are polysomnographic program graduate.
Davidson is a licensed respiratory therapist with more than 20 years of health care experience.
He has been at CentraCare Health-Monticello for three years and has more than 10 years of leadership positions at hospitals with the responsibilities of starting two Respiratory Care departments.
“Creating a great patient experience is a focus for the new Sleep Center,” Eidem said. “Patients will receive state-of-the-art care for potentially life-threatening disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea and narcolepsy close to home.”

Contact Tim Hennagir at tim.hennagir@ecm-inc.com

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