St. Luke accredited for sleep studies lab project

St. Luke Hospital has been approved for accreditation status by Accredita­tion Commission for Health Care for its Sleep Studies Lab.

The St. Luke Hospital sleep studies lab underwent its first specialty accreditation survey by ACHC on May 19. Hospital leaders learned recently it is fully accredited.

Achieving accreditation is a process where healthcare organizations demonstrate compliance with national standards.

Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.

“The process to achieve this recognition as a high-quality sleep lab that delivers care to meet or exceed the standards set forth by ACHC is not an easy task to achieve,” said Gail Boaldin, chief nursing officer. “We are blessed to have a dedicated team of professionals that stepped up to the challenge.”

The sleep lab has been available at St. Luke for more than two years. With recent changes in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, it became a requirement to become accredited.

To comply with CMS, St. Luke Hospital is accredited under an accreditation by one of only two CMS approved agencies.

After the survey, the surveyor said she had to look very hard to find anything that was less than standard and in many examples, identified areas where she was pleased.

“This survey and accreditation is just one example of the hard work St. Luke Hospital employees do to make the hospital great,” Boaldin said.

ACHC is a not-for-profit organization that has indicated quality and excellence since 1986.

For more information about sleep studies at St. Luke Hospital, go to slhmarion.org, or call 620-382-2177.