DCMH and Brinton Lake Sleep Centers Celebrate Five-Year Anniversary - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on July 17, 2013

DCMH and Brinton Lake Sleep Centers Celebrate Five-Year Anniversary

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. 

Crozer-Keystone's Sleep Centers feature comfortable home-like settings

CKHS Sleep Centers feature comfortable home-like settings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1997, the 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 in Drexel Hill, 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 we have done nothing but grow in both areas. 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 like we do.”

For more information, visit Crozer-Keystone’s website at sleepcenters.crozerkeystone.org. To make an appointment, visit our website or call 1-888-SLEEP-03 (1-888-753-3703).

And the expansion continues…

In 2011, Crozer-Keystone expanded once again when it brought on Vatsala Ramprasad, M.D., pediatric pulmonologist and sleep specialist, to oversee a pediatric sleep program. At that time, we also opened the Crozer-Keystone Sleep Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Ramprasad had prior experience operating a pediatric sleep lab, and since her arrival the program has steadily grown. Earlier this year, we expanded our pediatric sleep program so that all sites can now study children. Patients must be at least 6 years old to be studied at any site, however, Crozer can study children ages 6 months to 5 years as well. “Our volumes have grown even more at all sites since we made this change,” Creighton says.

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