Wheeling Hospital’s sleep center earns accreditation

WHEELING — Wheeling Hospital’s state-of-the-art sleep center has earned national five-year accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Academy-accredited facilities provide the highest level of quality patient care, according to officials. The accreditation covers all types of sleep testing, including in-center polysomnography, multiple sleep latency testing, maintenance of wakefulness testing and home sleep apnea testing.

The sleep center, under the direction of Dr. Richard Ryncarz, provides clinical diagnostic evaluations and treatment for disorders such as sleep apnea (breathing pauses during sleep), snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, hypersomnolence, nocturnal desaturation, narcolepsy, night terrors, insomnia and restless leg syndrome.

“Sleep disorders in themselves can seriously disrupt a person’s life, and studies continue to show how lack of sleep can lead to other serious medical problems,” said Ryncarz. “That’s why our sleep center offers sleep evaluations with the most advanced equipment available.”

The center’s state-of-the-art equipment is capable of performing all PSG studies according to the academy’s guidelines. Comfortable, private rooms accommodate all patients’ needs. Testing includes PSG, PSG with continuous positive air pressure, bilevel positive air pressure and Auto Servo ventilation.

Adult testing for sleep apnea and other sleep-related disorders is available seven days a week. Daytime CPAP monitoring, multiple sleep latency testing and mean wakefulness tests also are performed weekdays. Testing is performed by licensed registered respiratory therapists, who also are registered polysomnographic technologists.