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CARTHAGE — Area residents now do not have to travel far to take steps to get better sleep. Carthage Area Hospital on Tuesday opened a sleep center in conjunction with the Franciscan Cos.

The center will provide testing for chronic sleep disorders including sleep apnea and parasomnias. With a referral from their primary health care provider, patients are brought in to be monitored while they sleep, said Lisa Parlato, sleep lab manager.

Ms. Parlato said initially one night is needed to collect data; however, patients diagnosed with sleep apnea or other breathing difficulties may be monitored a second time to determine if a breathing apparatus corrects the problem.

The former cardiac rehabilitation area located to the left of the emergency department entrance was converted into two rooms for the sleep center and may expand to three rooms, project manager Laura J. Cook said.

The new unit’s staff will include a sleep technician and an administrator employed by Franciscan.

The private rooms have televisions, bathrooms and a “home atmosphere,” Ms. Parlato said.“We encourage patients to bring a favorite pillow, to read, watch TV to help them get to sleep.”

Before the ribbon-cutting at the June 13 open house, hospital Chief Executive Officer Adil Ameer said the hospital has been through tough times. Although it’s been a challenge, the hospital is “moving ahead to provide good comprehensive medical services,” including the sleep center.

Hospital Medical Director Dr. Mirza Ashraf said the sleep center is important because of the prevalence of sleep disorders. “The public is aware of the condition and ask for the service. It’s good to have one in house,” Dr. Ashraf said.

Timothy Scanlon of the St. Joseph Sleep Lab said through his experience with the Syracuse sleep center, patients will come back to thank the hospital for the services. He also noted the partnership with St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Franciscan Cos. and Carthage.

“We will serve your patients with top-quality service as you expect and demand,” Mr. Scanlon said.

Mr. Ameer thanked those involved for the team effort put forth to bring the project together.

For more information about the Sleep Center, call 493-2512.

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