The Center for Sleep Medicine at NYP/Lawrence Receives Program Accreditation

Dec 16, 2015

The Center for Sleep Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

“This accreditation speaks to the superior quality of care that we provide patients,” said Deborah Cappell, MD, director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at NYP/Lawrence Hospital. “Sleep disorders can be the root cause of larger chronic health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Our ability to diagnose and treat these issues contributes to the general wellness of our patients.”

To receive accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep center 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. Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates The Center for Sleep Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital on meeting the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Nathaniel Watson, AASM president. “The Center for Sleep Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”

The Center for Sleep Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, located on the fifth-floor of the hospital at 55 Palmer Avenue, is a state-of-the-art facility that provides diagnostic and treatment services for all types of sleep disorders. Patients undergo testing in the comfort of private, hotel-style suites and are attended to by the top clinical specialists. Its medical director, Dr. Cappell, is a board-certified Sleep Specialist who can see patients in consultation before or after a sleep study. To learn more about the treatment of sleep disorders or to schedule a consultation or sleep study; please call the Center for Sleep Medicine at 914-787-4400 or visit the website at

About NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital

Founded in 1909, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital has a long and well-established history of providing superior healthcare to the residents of southern Westchester County and its surrounding communities. The hospital joined the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network in 2014. In recent years, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence has undertaken several capital improvement projects to offer new services that meet the needs of a growing and diverse population. In April, 2015, the hospital dedicated the state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital. A leader in stroke care, Lawrence has been designated a New York State Stroke Center. The hospital has also won important certifications as Breast Imaging and Bariatric Centers of Excellence. Its newly redesigned Emergency Department provides emergency care to approximately 35,000 people annually. The hospital’s doctors also deliver nearly 2000 babies each year. New moms and their families enjoy their home away from home in the recently renovated Maternity Department featuring private rooms with showers, flat screen TVs and Internet access. Lawrence's laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists. Its Cancer Care program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons with Commendation. In addition, the hospital’s Cardiology program includes an accredited Echocardiographic Laboratory by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiographic Laboratories.

About American Academy of Sleep Medicine

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers, and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine. As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers, the AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.

About NewYork-Presbyterian

NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the nation’s most comprehensive healthcare delivery networks, focused on providing innovative and compassionate care to patients in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the globe. In collaboration with two renowned medical school partners, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, NewYork-Presbyterian is consistently recognized as a leader in medical education, ground-breaking research and clinical innovation.

NewYork-Presbyterian has four major divisions: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked #1 in the New York metropolitan area by U.S. News and World Report and repeatedly named to the magazine’s Honor Roll of best hospitals in the nation; NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network is comprised of leading hospitals in and around New York and delivers high-quality care to patients throughout the region; NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services connects medical experts with patients in their communities; and NewYork-Presbyterian Community and Population Health features the hospital’s ambulatory care network sites and operations, community care initiatives and healthcare quality programs, including NewYork Quality Care, established by NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell and Columbia.

NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the largest healthcare providers in the U.S. Each year, nearly 29,000 NewYork-Presbyterian professionals deliver exceptional care to more than 2 million patients.

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