WVU Medicine Wetzel County Hospital Announces the Opening of a New Sleep Lab and Enhanced Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic | News, Sports, Jobs

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New Martinsville, WV (July 28, 2022) WVU Medicine Wetzel County Hospital today announced the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art Sleep Center located on the Wetzel County Hospital campus; the first of its kind in the area. The Sleep Center will perform various types of sleep disorder testing for patients age 16 and older who live within a 60-mile radius of New Martinsville, including the following conditions and symptoms: snoring, sleep apnea, daytime sleepiness, sleepwalking , nocturnal myoclonus, nocturnal asthma/COPD, parasomnias, REM sleep behavior disorders, restless legs syndrome, and sleep disorders in the elderly. There are two dedicated rooms that are equipped with adjustable double beds, television and private bathroom.

The staff includes registered polysomnographic technologist Melanie Winters and medical director, Dr. Mouhanad Azzouz, a board-certified sleep medicine specialist. The lab will take orders not only from local physicians and nurse practitioners, but will also accept orders from physicians and nurse practitioners in Wheeling, Parkersburg and Morgantown for patients who live within the Wetzel, Tyler and Monroe counties.

In addition to the grand opening of the Sleep Clinic, the upgraded Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center will hold an open house for staff and a grand reopening from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. after being temporarily closed for two weeks in June. The center has added a new telemetry monitoring system called Scottcare that will improve the overall patient and staff experience, as well as other enhancements to the clinic workspace for a better patient experience.

“Our goal is to improve the healthcare and services we provide to the communities we serve here locally and these improvements to the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation clinic and the addition of a new Sleep Center on our campus will continue to help meet the needs of those who They depend on us for their health care.” said Sean Smith, president of WVU Medicine Wetzel County Hospital.

Sleep disturbances: Do you have persistent problems with:

· Fall asleep?

· Fall asleep at night?

· Stay awake during the day?

· Do you snore excessively?

· Respiratory disorders?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could benefit from WVU Medicine’s Wetzel County Sleep Center. Research shows that an adequate amount of sleep is essential for good health. Most people fall asleep easily at night and wake up refreshed for the next day, but about 20 percent of the general population suffer from some type of sleep disorder.

If a sleep disorder is affecting your daily quality of life, your primary care provider may refer you for a sleep study. At WVU Medicine Wetzel County Sleep Center, our experienced technologists perform various types of overnight sleep studies that assess stages of sleep, sleep-related breathing issues, sleep movements, and other issues that may occur during sleep. .

The Wetzel County Hospital Sleep Center evaluates and treats all sleep disorders, including the following conditions and symptoms:


· Sleep apnea

daytime sleepiness


nocturnal myoclonus

Nocturnal asthma/COPD


REM sleep behavior disorders

restless leg syndrome

Sleep disorders in the elderly


Sleep study tests for children ages 16 and up

Sleep studies available 3 days a week

· Modern facilities

· Extended bedrooms with personal bathrooms

sleep studies

Home studios available

Night studios available

Qualified Staff: Dr. Mouhanad Azzouz, MD, is board certified in sleep medicine and has Sleep Center privileges to read studies remotely from WVU Medicine Ruby Memorial in Morgantown, WV. Our Sleep Center tech, Melanie Winters, is a registered polysomnographic technologist.

Accommodations for study: The Wetzel County Sleep Center is state-of-the-art and includes bedrooms with double beds, just like the comfort you would experience in your bedroom at home. Patients typically arrive at 9:00 pm and are free to watch TV, read, or do any of their typical evening activities. Our goal is to simulate a normal night at home as closely as possible. The Sleep Center staff explains the process the patient will go through, sensors are applied, and then the lights are turned off around 10 pm Technicians remain outside the room at a monitoring station.

Sleep Center rooms are monitored by closed-circuit television and microphones to ensure all sleep-related activity is viewed and recorded for full evaluation. The sleep study is painless. A specially trained technologist will apply sensors to your head, face, chest, abdomen, and legs. State-of-the-art equipment monitors brain waves, eye movements, breathing, blood oxygen levels, heart rate, and muscle activity during sleep. These functions may be normal while the individual is awake but abnormal during sleep. The referring physician will receive a complete sleep report, which defines and diagnoses the sleep-related problem and includes a recommended treatment plan.

Insurance: Sleep disorders are recognized medical conditions that are covered by many insurance companies. Since insurance varies, check with your provider about your specific plan.

For additional information on sleep disorders or to schedule a study, call 304-455-8000.

About WVU Medicine Wetzel County Hospital: Established in 1920, Wetzel County Hospital is a 58-bed facility that employs 235 people. It offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient services, including cardiopulmonary, emergency, general surgery, radiology and cardiac rehabilitation, physical, occupational and speech therapy. Committed to the community, WVU Medicine Wetzel County Hospital strives to continually improve facilities and services to better meet ever-changing needs. For more information. For more information see www.wvumedicine.org/wetzel

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