The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recently recognized the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center and the University of Chicago Sleep Center for maintaining AASM accreditation for 40 continuous years.
Jennifer Martin, the 2022–2023 president of the AASM, recognized both centers at the AASM membership meeting during the SLEEP 2023 annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Indianapolis in June.
Carlos Schenck, MD, accepted the recognition on behalf of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, which was accredited by the AASM in November 1982 and is located at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Kenneth Lee, MD, accepted the recognition on behalf of the University of Chicago Sleep Center, which was accredited by the AASM in February 1982 and is affiliated with the University of Chicago Medical Center.
To receive and maintain accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep facility must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance. Accredited sleep facilities must go through a reaccreditation process every five years to ensure continuous adherence to the AASM standards for accreditation.
The AASM accredited a sleep facility for the first time in 1977. Today there are more than 2,600 AASM-accredited sleep programs across the country.
Photo caption: (Left to right) Kenneth Lee, MD, of the University of Chicago Sleep Center, Carlos Schenck, MD, of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, and Jennifer Martin of AASM
Photo credit: AASM