Monday, March 10, 2008


In an effort to help local residents get better sleep, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Sleep Services of Jasper, LLC. The 4-bed, nationally-accredited Sleep Services facility will now operate under its new name, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Sleep Disorders Center. David R. Lesch, M.D., will continue to serve as medical director and see patients on Thursday mornings.

"Being a part of Piedmont means we're able to obtain resources unavailable to us in the past so we can continue to offer patients and families the best in all types of sleep treatment and therapy," said Julie Yaeger, former owner of Sleep Services of Jasper and now sleep therapy coordinator for the new Center. "This is the best thing for our patients, our employees and the communities we serve."

Located on the Piedmont Mountainside campus at 620 J.L. White Drive, Suite 130, the Center opened its doors in January 2004. It has since seen nearly 800 patients from all over north Georgia including residents in Pickens, Fannin, Cherokee, Forsyth, and Gilmer counties. In 2006, the Center received accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, demonstrating its commitment to adhere to industry standards and provide highly-trained staff for patients.

"We share the same values and beliefs as the Sleep Services staff - providing patients with world-class care while practicing the highest clinical standards," said Ed Lovern, president and chief executive officer for Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. "Our community continues to grow, and we felt it was the right time to invite Julie and her staff to become a member of the Piedmont family."

More than 70 million people in the U.S. have a sleep disorder. It can affect a child, teen, parent, or grandparent. There are more than 80 different forms of sleep disorders. Symptoms can include daytime fatigue, inability to sleep for a long stretch of time and breathing difficulties during sleep. Anyone with these symptoms should speak to their doctor about available treatments.

Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Sleep Disorders Center offers the most advanced treatments options available for patients suffering from a sleep disorder. An overnight sleep study usually begins around 8 p.m. and ends around 6 a.m. the following morning. Each sleep room is uniquely themed - Ritz, Lodge, Beach House, and Hacienda - to help patients feel as comfortable as possible during the treatment process. The Center offers the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Clinic, a free service provided to its patients who may have an initial difficulty with their CPAP mask or equipment once at home.

A physician referral is contingent upon health insurance requirements. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information or to schedule a tour of the facility prior to a study, please call 706-253-2378.
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