Providence sleep disorders center wins five-year accreditation


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The Sleep Disorders Center at Providence Alaska Medical Center recently received a five-year accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

To receive this accreditation a center must exceed all standards for health care set by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Accreditation follows inspections of the center’s facility and staff including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts and physician training.

The Providence Sleep Disorders Center was originally accredited in October 1990.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional membership organization dedicated to assuring quality care for patients with sleep disorders, promoting the advancement of sleep research and providing public and professional education.

Providence sponsors benefit bazaar

Providence Alaska Medical Center has scheduled its annual holiday bazaar from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Anchorage hospital.

The event will be conducted near the cafeteria. The bazaar will feature more than 70 booths organized by Providence employees who will sell their handmade craft items.

Proceeds from the event will support the Children’s Miracle Network, which helps Alaska’s children. For more information, call 907-261-6078.

Breast cancer support group schedules meeting

The Mat-Su Breast Cancer Support Group scheduled its monthly support group meeting for Nov. 13. The group will meet from 7-9 p.m. at Valley Hospital Medical Campus Classroom C in Wasilla.

Guest speaker is Dr. David Mayschak, a general surgeon from the Matanuska-Susitna area.

In December the group plans to meet on Dec. 11.

For more information call 907-376-8689.

Alaska Regional plans events

Alaska Regional Hospital plans to conduct a family health fair this month. The Healthy Family Holiday Fair on Nov. 17 will feature health information and screenings, children’s activities, hospital department exhibits and a holiday book fair among other activities.

The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Anchorage hospital. For more information call 907-264-1113.

Alaska Regional also has scheduled a free, four-week education program beginning Nov. 20 for adult cancer patients, their families and friends. The program is sponsored by the hospital and the American Cancer Society.

Oncology specialists will lead the program called "I Can Cope." They will discuss topics ranging from knowledge of human anatomy in relation to cancer diagnosis and treatment, methods of managing physical challenges resulting from cancer treatment, identifying community resources and support, and maintaining self-esteem and a positive outlook.

The class will meet Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., through Dec. 11 at the Alaska Regional Hospital Cancer Resource Center on the second floor of the Medical Office Building B.

For more information, call Judie Link at 907-264-1579.

Doctor approved for device

A physician at Providence Alaska Medical Center is one the first physicians to offer a high-tech device used as a new treatment for heart failure.

Hospital officials said Dr. Steven Compton of the Alaska Heart Institute and Providence is the only physician in the state trained in the procedure. He has implanted the device in four of his patients to date, according to Providence officials.

InSync cardiac resynchronization therapy, developed by Medtronic, received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in late August. Providence officials said the InSync cardiac resynchronization therapy is the first implantable therapy to be approved by the FDA for heart failure patients.

Of the estimated 5 million Americans with heart failure about 650,000 patients would be candidates for the treatment, according to hospital officials.

Providence features guest chef, nutrition at event

Providence Alaska Medical Center plans to host its 15th annual Elegance of Good Nutrition fund-raising dinner. The event runs from 6-8 p.m. at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel Howard Rock Ballroom.

Anchorage chefs will prepare low-fat, low cholesterol dishes for the event. Guest chef Graham Kerr, author and television series host of the "Galloping Gourmet," will share information with area chefs.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Providence Heart Center.

Tickets cost $45 and are available at the Providence Alaska Foundation office, Providence Alaska Medical Center gift shop, Cafe del Mundo and Great Harvest Bread Co., or by calling 907-261-5643.

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