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


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New Martinsville, WV (July 28, 2022) Wetzel County Medicine WVU 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 region. The Sleep Center will perform various types of sleep disturbance tests for patients 16 years of age and older who live within 60 miles of New Martinsville, including the following conditions and symptoms: snoring, sleep apnea, daytime sleepiness, sleepwalking , nocturnal myoclonus, nocturnal asthma. / COPD, parasomnias, REM sleep behavior disorder, restless leg syndrome and sleep disorders in the elderly. There are two dedicated bedrooms which are equipped with adjustable double beds, a television and a private bathroom.

Staff include licensed polysomnography technologist Melanie Winters and medical director Dr. Mouhannad Azzouz, a board-certified sleep medicine specialist. The lab will not only receive orders from local doctors and nurse practitioners, but will also accept orders from doctors and nurse practitioners in Wheeling, Parkersburg and Morgantown for patients who live in the Wetzel, Tyler and Monroe County areas.

In addition to the grand opening of the sleep clinic, the enhanced cardiopulmonary rehabilitation facility will celebrate a staff open day and 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 brand new telemetry monitoring system called Scottcare which will improve the overall patient and staff experience along with other improvements to the clinic workspace for a better patient experience.

“Our goal is to improve the health care 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 to meet the needs of those who rely on us for their health care,” said Sean Smith, president of WVU Medicine Wetzel County Hospital.

Sleep problems: Do you have persistent problems with:

· Fall asleep?

· Staying asleep at night?

· Stay awake during the day?

· Excessive snoring?

· Respiratory problems?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may benefit from the WVU Medicine Wetzel County Sleep Center. Research shows that getting enough sleep is essential for good health. Most people fall asleep easily at night and wake up rested for the next day, but about 20% of the general population suffers from some form of sleep disorder.

If a sleep disorder is impacting your daily quality of life, your primary care provider may recommend a sleep study. At the WVU Medicine Wetzel County Sleep Center, our experienced technologists conduct several types of nighttime sleep studies that assess sleep stages, sleep-related breathing issues, movement during sleep, and other issues that may arise during the sleep.

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


· Sleep Apnea

Daytime sleepiness


nocturnal myoclonus

Nocturnal asthma/COPD


REM sleep behavior disorder

restless leg syndrome

Sleep disorders in the elderly


· Sleep study test for children 16 years and older

· Sleep studies available 3 days a week

modern facilities

Expanded bedrooms with private bathrooms

Sleep studies

Home study available

Night studies available

Qualified Staff: Dr. Mouhannad Azzouz, MD, is board certified in sleep medicine and has privileges at the Sleep Center to read studies remotely from the WVU Medicine Ruby Memorial in Morgantown, WV. Our Sleep Center Technician, Melanie Winters, is a Certified Polysomnography Technologist.

Study Accommodations: The Wetzel County Sleep Center is state-of-the-art and features bedrooms with double beds, just like the comforts you would feel in your bedroom at home. Patients typically arrive by 9 p.m. and are free to watch TV, read, or do their usual nighttime activities. Our goal is to simulate as closely as possible a normal evening at home. The sleep center staff explains the process the patient will go through, sensors are applied to the patient and then turn off around 10 p.m. Technicians remain outside the room at a monitoring station.

Sleep Center rooms are monitored by CCTV and microphones to ensure that all sleep-related activity is seen and recorded for full assessment. The sleep study is painless. A specially trained technologist will apply sensors to the 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 when the individual is awake but abnormal during sleep. The treating physician will receive a comprehensive sleep report, which defines and diagnoses the sleep-related issue 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 more information about sleep disorders or to schedule a study, call 304-455-8000.

About WVU Medicine Wetzel County Hospital: Founded 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 therapy, and speech therapy. Committed to the community, WVU Medicine Wetzel County Hospital strives to continually improve the facility and services to better meet ever-changing needs. For more information. For more information, see? www.wvumedicine.org/wetzel


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