Pediatric Sleep Center Receives Accreditation
by David J. Lozano, MD - Dothan Pediatric Clinic
The pediatric sleep center located at 5565 Montgomery Highway, inside Dothan Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic, officially opened in late August. We are extremely excited about the sleep center and the care it provides for children in the Wiregrass and surrounding areas.
Sleep disorder testing, along with the diagnosis and treatment of sleep problems, are now available within our own healthcare community. In the past, families had to drive 200 miles to have these tests performed and then repeat that trip to receive a diagnosis and treatment.
Our pediatric sleep center is one of only two pediatric sleep centers in the state of Alabama. The other is located at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.
We are proud to be granted Provisional Accreditation through the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) prior to opening our pediatric sleep center. This provisional accreditation is the first step toward full accreditation, which will be renewed every five years. The final step in receiving full accreditation is a facility site visit from the accreditation team of AASM, which will take place early next year. Receiving accreditation through the AASM is a high honor in the field of sleep medicine.
Our sleep center can provide all types of sleep disorder testing including nighttime sleep studies; and daytime studies such as Maintenance of Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) and Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT).
State-of-the-art equipment allows us to test the most complex patients. Patients with a variety of diagnoses including autism, ADHD, ventilator support, tracheostomy dependence, and oxygen dependency can receive a sleep study with us.
Our pediatric sleep center team consists of two Registered Polysomnographic Technologists who are board certified through the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPST), a registered nurse with many years of experience in pediatric medicine, and a trained paramedic. You can rest assured your child will receive professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate care while at our pediatric sleep center.
Our sleep center has four bedrooms that include sleeping arrangements for the parent/guardian. Each suite has a private bathroom. In addition, a full bathroom with a walk-in shower is available inside the sleep center for those going straight to school or work.
As Medical Director of Dothan Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic’s Sleep Center, I am confident our facility and staff will significantly impact the healthcare of children in the Wiregrass and surrounding areas.