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Sleep Center Opens in Ketchikan


May 17, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - A new PeaceHealth Sleep Center will provide Ketchikan General Hospital with the ability to diagnose and treat common sleep problems in Ketchikan. It is estimated that more than 25% of the general population suffer from significant sleep disorders. Snoring, sleep apnea and insomnia are common.

David Morison, M.D., Kelvin Lam, M.D., and Stuart Thorson, M.D., Pulmonologists and board-certified sleep disorder experts from PeaceHealth's Sleep Disorders Center in Bellingham, WA, will serve patients in Ketchikan through monthly visits to KGH and through interim telemedicine visits.

The new facility is located within the hospital. The new sleep center features two comfortable, state-of-the-art, sleeping rooms where patients are monitored while sleeping. Patients are connected to sleep monitoring equipment that collects information about eye and limb movements, brain activity, breathing and heart rates. Data is analyzed by the experts in Bellingham who will work with local physicians to design treatments to correct sleep problems.

Ketchikan General Hospital is part of PeaceHealth, a Bellevue, WA-based not-for-profit health care system with medical centers and clinics in Alaska, Washington and Oregon serving more than 57,000 patients annually. Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, Ketchikan General Hospital has provided medical and compassionate care to residents of Southeast Alaska since 1923.


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