Charlotte Hungerford Hospital relocates sleep heart

TORRINGTON — Charlotte Hungerford ’s Sleep Health Center has moved to 1151 East Main St., Suite D in Torrington.

The CHH Sleep Health Center has been in operation since 2002 and is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the gold standard by which the medical community and the public evaluate sleep medicine facilities. “Achieving AASM accreditation demonstrates our commitment to quality, patient-centered care,” hospital officials said.

The new CHH Sleep Health facility features four comfortable, tranquil patient rooms with private bathrooms, advanced monitoring equipment, and are ideally arranged for conducting both daytime and night time sleep studies.

“Our Center’s highly-qualified, board-certified Medical Director and registered, certified Sleep Technologists adhere to strict standards for testing procedures, patient safety and physician and staff training and continuous education,” hospital officials said.

According to CHH, between 50 and 70 million Americans have sleep or wakefulness disorders. If untreated, these can lead to a number of serious health problems including heart disease, blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, obesity and certain cancers.

“Patients should seek help if they do not feel rested after sleeping, experience irregular breathing, snore loudly or have a headache when they wake up,” said Dr. Jay Kenkare, CHH Sleep Health Center Director. dr Kenkare provides consultations for patients who have been referred to the Center by their provider and for those who have been diagnosed with a sleep disorder.

The center offers assessments and treatment for sleep-related disorders, including sleep apnea (obstructive, central and complex), insomnia, parasomnia, restless legs syndrome, sleep-related movement disorders, hypersomnias (narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia) and circadian rhythm sleep disorders. Studies are conducted at the Sleep Center, as well as at home for those who qualify for Home Sleep Testing.

From their first encounter with the CHH Sleep Health Center, patients are provided with personalized support from scheduling their appointment to diagnostic testing and treatment options. “We treat each patient with the utmost respect to their privacy and dignity. We are careful to explain each step and take the time to answer questions throughout the process. Our goal is to ensure patients are comfortable and relaxed, which is important to obtaining the highest-quality and most accurate test ,” said Mark Magnoli, Registered Sleep Technologist and Respiratory Therapist.

Patients should be evaluated by their primary care physician prior to having a sleep study, and a physician’s referral is required. Most health insurance plans including Medicare cover sleep studies, which are recognized as standard medical diagnostic procedures.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, 860-496-6820.

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