DCMH and Brinton Lake Sleep Centers Celebrate Five-Year Anniversary
•In the summer of 2008, Crozer-Keystone welcomed two new locations into its sleep center family: one in Drexel Hill at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, and the other in Glen Mills at the Crozer Health Pavilion at Brinton Lake.
•The facilities offer queen-sized beds, hotel like amenities, flat-screen TVs and WiFi internet access. Patients routinely say that these amenities, in addition to our caring staff, are what make our sleep centers their top choice.
•Crozer-Keystone’s care model is different from most other sleep centers. Our multidisciplinary team works together to diagnose and treat all types of sleep disorders, not just sleep apnea. Not all sleep centers are able to treat an array of adult and pediatric sleep problems.
In 1978, Crozer-Keystone Health System was celebrated as an innovator when it opened its two-bed sleep center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Little did we know that our pioneering ways would continue for more than 35 years.
In 1997, that two-bed center expanded to eight beds and moved to Taylor Hospital. Five years ago, in 2008, we added two more sites, the Crozer-Keystone Sleep Center at Delaware County Memorial Hospital (DCMH), and the Crozer-Keystone Sleep Center at Brinton Lake in Glen Mills.
“When we were looking at expanding the sleep program, we conducted market research to identify underserved areas,” says Kris Creighton, assistant vice president of Ambulatory Services for Crozer-Keystone Health System. “We found two near our Brinton Lake facility in Glen Mills. At DCMH, the market research showed us that a lot of people in surrounding areas had sleep disorders, and many were going into the city for treatment.”
Plans were made, the centers came to life, and since then the programs have continued to grow. Creighton proves this by explaining that, in the beginning, DCMH and Brinton Lake operated three or four nights per week, depending on the demand. And now? “Brinton Lake is one of our busiest sites,” she says, “and both sites are operating seven nights a week.”
“When we were developing the DCMH and Brinton Lake sites, we paid close attention to the design aspects,” says Don Fahy, director of Clinical and Business Development for the Crozer-Keystone Sleep Centers. “People who need a sleep study don’t see themselves as ‘hospital patients.’ They feel more comfortable in surroundings that are ‘just like home,’ and I think we’ve achieved that at these two sites.”
With queen-sized beds, hotel-like amenities, flat-screen TVs and WiFi internet access, an overnight study at DCMH and Brinton Lake feels as close to home as you can get. Our patient satisfaction scores consistently point to the centers’ design aesthetic and comfort, along with the clinical staffs, as their key selling points.
“One thing that is evident is we are an innovator and forerunner in sleep medicine,” Creighton adds. “Our model is different because we have a multidisciplinary team working together to diagnose and treat all types of sleep disorders, not just sleep apnea. Not all sleep centers are able to treat an array of adult and pediatric sleep problems as we do.”
For more information, visit www.sleepcenters.crozerkeystone.org. To make an appointment, visit our website or call 1-888-SLEEP-03 (1-888-753-3703).