Trinity Health Sleep Center successfully completed reaccreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), a distinction that will continue through April 13, 2027. The AASM sets standards and promotes excellence in sleep medicine healthcare, education and research. It has a combined membership of 11,000 accredited member sleep centers and individual members, including physicians, scientists and other healthcare professionals.
The accreditation process is rigorous and involved reviews of patient safety, program quality, personnel standards, policies and patient outcomes.
“Measuring outcomes was something that was recently added to the accreditation process,” said Jutta (pronounced YU-tah) Schmidt, RPSGT, Sleep Clinic manager. “It’s important that in addition to testing patients, we also ensure they are successful with the equipment they get afterward. We follow up and will work with patients having tolerance issues, ill-fitting masks, sensitivities or trouble with protocols. Education plays a big role in compliance, better sleep and better health.”
Schmidt was primarily responsible for provisions required for the accreditation meeting, held over Zoom in November. She began gathering documents in late 2021.
“We were required to provide documents and reports on policies, protocols, patient outcomes, safety standards and staff education, which meant scanning and emailing entire files prior to meeting,” she said. “I plugged away throughout the year.”
The Trinity Health Sleep Center offers comprehensive services including office visits, follow- up visits and sleep studies. The multi-disciplinary team includes board-certified sleep medicine specialists and highly skilled sleep technologists.
“We have very caring Sleep Center staff who strive to provide timely, high quality care for our communities in northwest North Dakota. All staff are Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, many of whom were trained and mentored by Jutta. Continued excellence and personal compassion remain a strong component of what we offer our patients. I am proud of the entire team for earning this reaccreditation,” said Wade McDowell, director of Therapy Services.
To learn more about Trinity Health Sleep Center, visit with your healthcare provider or go to www.trinityhealth.org/services/neurology-neurosurgery/sleep-center