Sleep Disorders Center earns reaccreditation

Lauren Randall, Staff Writer, Greenwood Commonwealth

The Sleep Disorders Center at Greenwood Leflore Hospital has been awarded a five-year reaccreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

The center has been accredited since 2004.

“This is one of the bright lights, I think, of Greenwood Leflore Hospital,” said Dr. John Hey, director of the center.

The reaccreditation means that the sleep center meets the standards of the academy.

“You have to do it just right. Sleep medicine is the most complicated field I have ever dealt with, ” said Hey, who is also board certified in family practice. He became board certified in sleep medicine in 2001.

The Sleep Disorders Center, which opened in 1995, works with patients suffering from a variety of sleep ailments including sleep apnea and narcolepsy.

According to Glenda Thomas, the center’s sleep supervisor, the department diagnoses, tests and treats different patients who have symptoms that are disrupting their sleep.

There are 85 types of sleep disorders.

Thomas said it is the center’s job to understand sleep, a patient’s symptoms and how it affects a patient’s life.

“I do it because I love my job, I love sleep and I love helping people,” she said.

Thomas said the center appreciates doctors for their referrals.