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GMC Opens New Sleep Center in Duluth

12.05.2008

Duluth, Ga.—Gwinnett Medical Center will open a new location of its nationally recognized Center for Sleep Disorders in Duluth on Dec. 9. This new facility will be at GMC’s Glancy Campus, located at 3215 McClure Bridge Road in Duluth.

The GMC Center for Sleep Disorders is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; it is one of only a few centers in the area that has earned this prestigious accreditation.

“Accredited sleep labs meet a standard of excellence that we strive for at GMC,” said Gregory L. Mauldin, M.D., medical director of the GMC Center for Sleep Disorders. “It means we are recognized as being able to provide our patients with the highest level of quality in sleep diagnosis and treatment.”

Other, non-accredited sleep labs in the area have no regulated quality standards and may not employ technologists specifically trained in sleep disorders.

“Once the sleep study is performed, the information may not be interpreted by a physician Board Certified in Sleep Medicine,” said Danita Turner, manager of respiratory care, sleep and neurology at GMC.

Non-accredited sleep labs generally only test for a few specific problems, whereas the GMC Center for Sleep Disorders tests for many different sleep-related disorders and provides patients with detailed information and education on those disorders.

GMC is proud to have helped the sleep deprived through the center for more than a decade at its Lawrenceville campus. The same high level of service will be offered at the new Duluth location.

“The new sleep center will have the same board certified sleep specialists interpreting the studies as at our Lawrenceville site,” Turner said. “Our physicians have extensive training in sleep medicine. Our staff of polysomnographic (sleep) technologists is credentialed in both sleep and respiratory therapy. Our technologists will monitor the study, teach the patient about good sleep habits and health as well as provide education on the use of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) devices and masks that are available should the need arise.”

All physicians at both locations are board-certified in reading sleep disorder tests, and all technologists are credentialed in sleep and respiratory therapy.

For more information, call 678-312-3695, or visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/sleep.

About Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network providing high quality facilities and services to Gwinnett and the surrounding community. With over 4,300 employees and 800 physicians, GMC provided care in 2007 to over 400,000 patients. In 2007, Gwinnett Medical Center launched Project PATH—to plan, advance and transform healthcare in Gwinnett County.