Southern Regional Medical Center opens new Sleep Diagnostic Center
Sleep disorders plague millions of people every day. In fact, the CDC (Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention) states that an estimated 50-70 million
US adults have a sleep or wakefulness disorder. with snoring being a major
indicator of obstructive sleep apnea.
To respond to this need, Southern Regional Medical Center will open a new
Sleep Diagnostic Center on July 17 to serve the Riverdale and surrounding
communities. The center, located in Suite 100, at the 33 Building on the
Southern Regional hospital campus, features four private bedroom-like
settings decorated with a “home feel” that blends a more personal
touch with comprehensive technology.
“Good health and good sleep go hand in hand, so when someone is dealing
with a sleep disorder it impacts their overall health and well-being,”
states Charlotte Dupré, Chief Executive Officer and President of
Southern Regional Medical Center. “Our new center offers the community
a convenient and welcoming site to determine the best course of care for
their sleep issues.”
Jeffrey Kunkes, MD, Board-Certified ENT/Sleep Physician, is the Medical
Director overseeing the hospital’s new center. Dr. Kunkes has over
30 years of experience working with sleep disorders and is a Fellow of
the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
“We take a holistic approach to help diagnose how an individual’s
sleep disorder specifically impacts them,” states Dr. Kunkes. “Sleep
disorders can affect a variety of diseases such as obesity, kidney disease,
hypertension, and mood disorders, so we are excited to be offering services
in this growing new science that can truly make a positive difference
in a patient’s life. We are pleased to be able to bring this new
science to our community and are grateful that this has become a priority
at Southern Regional.”
The center uses state-of-the-art noninvasive equipment that is monitored
by qualified sleep technicians during the patient’s overnight stay.
The patient's heart rate, respiratory system, muscle activity, oxygen
levels, brain activity, sleep movement and body position are monitored
throughout the test. The results of the study provide the sleep physician
with the details to diagnose the patient's condition and work with
their primary physician on determining the appropriate course of treatment.
The new Sleep Diagnostic Center will work collaboratively with patients
and physicians to expand knowledge of sleep disorders, including those
disorders associated with neurological diseases and strokes. Additionally,
the Center will be reaching out to patients with heart disease to ensure
In addition to the onsite testing, the Sleep Diagnostic Center offers portable
Home Test monitoring that can be appropriate for a specific group of patients.
A referral from a physician is required to undergo diagnostic testing and
treatment at the Sleep Diagnostic Center. For more information, contact
the center at 770-909-2638.