Peninsula Pulmonary Medical Associates (PPMA)’s Sleep Center, based in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, Calif, opened the doors of its new facility earlier this week.
The facility, featuring four bedrooms outfitted with flat screen TVs and state-of-the-art equipment, is situated in a business park environment surrounded by a pond, fountain, and shady cypress trees.
Sleep Center Vice President of Operations Trish Boudreax, CCM, says the serene and homey environment is key to their novel approach to sleep disorder treatment. “When you’re sleeping in a strange environment, your sleep is off,” she said, referring to other facilities’ overly clinical environments that can cause anxiety in patients, adversely affecting the test. “It’s when you’re comfortable and relaxed that you get the best results.”
Patrick Moday RPSGT, CCRC, is chief polysomnographer and sleep lab director of Peninsula Pulmonary. Moday says the center has a unique position in the world of sleep clinics because of its “physician driven” quality. The center employs eight reputable pulmonologists and is headed by two doctors who are boarded in sleep medicine as well as pulmonology, internal medicine and critical care.
Among other disorders, PPMA diagnoses and provides care for sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea and narcolepsy, as well as sleepwalking and night terrors. The center also treats sleep disorders associated with diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and depression. “This area is surrounded with other sleep centers, but we want to differentiate ourselves. A lot of sleep centers are clinical— they just want to perform the sleep study and give the diagnosis. Here, we want to offer continuity of care,” Moday said. “Basically it’s a one-stop [facility].”
Peninsula Pulmonary Medical Associates Sleep Center is located at 23550 Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 180.