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Sleep Center Earns Accreditation
July, 9, 2017

July 10, 2017


Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center is pleased to announce that the hospital’s Sleep Center has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.


“The process to achieve this recognition as a high quality sleep center that delivers care to meet or exceed the standards set forth by ACHC is not an easy task to achieve,” said Kerry Jaeger, director of the hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Services Department. “I am proud of my team and the hospital for going above and beyond to achieve accreditation status and to ensure high quality service for our patients.”


In order to receive accreditation, the Sleep Center had to demonstrate compliance to the same national standards that all sleep centers – large and small – must meet.


“Patients have a right to know just how qualified their healthcare providers are when they go in for consultation, testing, or treatment,” Jaeger said. “One of the easiest ways to determine this is to see if your Sleep Center is accredited.


“When a healthcare provider is publicly recognized as accredited by a specific healthcare agency, it is because they have maintained or even exceeded standards of quality imposed upon them by the governing organization,” Jaeger said.


Certain programs and services – like the BCHHC Sleep Center -- must become accredited by an agency like the ACHC before they can provide services to Medicare patients.


Under the jurisdiction of the ACHC, an accredited sleep center must participate in on-site surveys every three years which are conducted by industry experts. This comprehensive review examines, among other things:

  • policies & procedures
  • compliance with federal, state, and local laws
  • patients' rights & responsibilities
  • provision of care
  • patient records
  • quality outcomes
  • infection control standards and practices
  • patient and employee safety

Sleep is essential for normal, healthy function. In February 2016, results of a study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated more than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis.


According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, about 40 million people in the United States suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders each year and an additional 20 million people experience occasional sleep problems.


In addition to becoming accident-prone, the cumulative long-term effects of sleep loss and sleep disorders have been associated with a wide range of health consequences, including an increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke.


In most cases, sleep disorders can be easily managed once they are properly diagnosed. Talk with your doctor about a sleep study, or call the BCHHC Sleep Center for more information at 402-223-6566 and visit their website at .

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July, 9, 2017