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Sleep Center program earns accreditation

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
November 13, 2008

Sleep Center

The Sleep Center features comfortable bedrooms for study participants. (Photo courtesy of the Sleep Center) 

The Texas State Sleep Center at Texas State University-San Marcos has received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates the REM Sleep Center on fulfilling the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Mary Susan Esther, AASM president. “The center is a significant resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”

To receive a five-year accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. The accreditation process involves detailed inspection of a center’s facility and staff, including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts, and physician training. Additionally, the facility’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves. 

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine currently accredits more than 1,500 sleep medicine centers and laboratories across the country.

The Texas State Sleep Center is directed by Bill Wharton and Dr. Gregg Marshall with medical direction provided by Dr. J. Douglas Hudson and is located in the Health Professions Building on the Texas State campus.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers, and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine. As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers and labs, the AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine heath care, education and research.