During a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus celebrated the expansion of its sleep center. Following a-year-and-a-half long process, the hospital now boasts 9 sleep center beds, in addition to its existing sleep laboratory and team of experts in pediatric sleep disorders including polysomnographers, respiratory therapists, registered nurses, and sleep physicians.
An accredited center specializing in children’s sleep disorders, the Texas Children’s Sleep Center team evaluates the full range of sleep conditions in children from common to the most complex. From narcolepsy, trouble sleeping, excessive sleepiness, sleepwalking, seizures, and other various underlying medical and neurological issues that impact sleep, it’s widely documented that sleep disorders and conditions can adversely impact a child’s health and well-being, including school performance and behavior.
The hospital receives hundreds of referrals every week for children with complex medical needs who need sleep evaluations, many of whom were turned away from other clinics. The team completes, on average, 4,200 sleep studies each year, yet there are as many as an additional 4,500 children annual who are on a waitlist in need of a study. With this expansion, Texas Children’s strives to conduct more sleep studies for every child who needs one.
With sleep center capabilities at all three Texas Children’s Hospital locations—in the Texas Medical Center, Katy, and The Woodlands—Texas Children’s Sleep Center is one of the largest pediatric centers in the country. With this expansion, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus is the hospital’s largest location.
Photo credit: Allen Kramer/Texas Children’s Hospital