KNOXVILLE – Knoxville Hospital & Clinics’ (KHC) Sleep Disorders Clinic has earned national accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). The ACHC is a nonprofit accreditation organization that stands as a symbol of quality and excellence.

To receive accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the ACHC, including sleep technologists certified and registered with the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists; quality assurance measures through patient satisfaction and turnaround time on reports; and meeting all facility specifications.

“We’ve been working toward accreditation since February when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid issued a new rule denying polysomnography coverage for Medicare patients if a hospital’s sleep center is not accredited. The rigorous accreditation process can take as long as six months or more,” says MaryJane Hunt, KHC Chief Clinical Officer.

“We have always been confident in quality of care, but accreditation demonstrates we meet and exceed national standards of care in sleep medicine,” said Director of Respiratory Therapy Gary Woodhouse. “Accreditation of our Sleep Disorders Clinic reinforces the confidence patients and referring providers have in our program. It underscores that the best care is available right here in Knoxville.”

KHC’s Sleep Disorders Clinic provides persons in Marion and surrounding counties with access to “better sleep.” Sleep apnea is still significantly under reported and affects 20 million Americans. “When you treat people and they sleep well, it is life changing. When you give someone back the gift of sleep, it is a wonderful thing,” said Hunt.

For more information about the Sleep Disorders Clinic and referral requirements from your medical provider, call Gary Woodhouse at (641) 842-1465.

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics is a full-service healthcare organization dedicated to delivering exceptional, patient-centered services from its locations in Knoxville, Melcher-Dallas, Red Rock Healthcare-Pella, and Pleasantville. Learn more about their services, medical professionals and advanced technologies at www.knoxvillehospital.org. For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418.