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Hospital of Central Connecticut Sleep Disorders Center earns national accreditation

New Britain [May 28 2013] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut Sleep Disorders Center was recently reaccredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

The center was established in 1988 and has held AASM accreditation since 1998. The most recent accreditation expands certification to include in-laboratory testing and portable home monitoring.

Accreditation means the Center meets or exceeds all AASM-designated standards. The accreditation process involves detailed inspection of a center’s facility and staff, including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts and physician training.

Sleep disorders are increasingly recognized as a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, depression and impaired daytime performance.

“These are not rare disorders. Men and women of all ages require normal sleep for normal function,” said Marc Kawalick, M.D., medical director of HOCC’s Sleep Disorders Center since 1988. “The fact is you have to sleep healthy to be healthy.”

Kawalick and Sleep Disorders Center physicians Andre Lerer, M.D., and Barry Spass, M.D., are board certified in Sleep Disorders medicine. Susan Rubman, Ph.D, certified in behavioral sleep medicine, directs the Center’s Insomnia Program; and David Schwaber, D.D.S., certified in dental sleep medicine, provides dental treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea. Center staff have over 20 years of experience diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of sleep-related illnesses, including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, insomnia and others.

The Center has two locations: The Hospital of Central Connecticut New Britain General campus, 100 Grand St., and 1131 West St., Southington. For information on the Sleep Disorders Center, call (860) 224-5538 or visit us online.

Contact: Nancy Martin, (860) 224-5900, X4366

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