May 3, 2012 -
SEQUIM – After working tirelessly with Swedish for months, Olympic Medical Center is breathing new life into its sleep medicine program.
Sleep medicine physician Michael McDonald, MD, joined Olympic Medical Physicians Specialty Clinic in Sequim this month. Dr. McDonald, board certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine, will lead the overall sleep program at Olympic Medical. As a bonus, he is also affiliated with Swedish Sleep Medicine.
“Dr. McDonald brings more than 30 years of sleep medicine experience to our community. We are very fortunate to have someone of this caliber providing sleep medicine locally,” says Scott Kennedy, MD, chief medical officer, Olympic Medical. “Dr. McDonald has the endorsement and specialty peer support of the Swedish sleep medicine program – a significant benefit of Olympic Medical Center’s participation in the Swedish Health Network.”
Dr. McDonald offers consultations for a variety of sleep disorder symptoms, including snoring, insomnia, daytime sleepiness, and restless legs. He also offers initial pediatric consults, something for which families previously had to travel out of the area. For any specific sleep conditions that need sub-specialty care, Dr. McDonald’s affiliation with Swedish Sleep Medicine allows for convenient referrals to the Swedish system when needed.
Olympic Medical Sleep Center Opening Soon
Olympic Medical Sleep Center is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and is currently located on the third floor of Olympic Memorial Hospital in Port Angeles. When it reopens for patient care by June, it will offer some new technology. “This new equipment is quiet, more comfortable and versatile – catering to all types of patients and allowing them to fall asleep more easily during the study,” says Lindsay Johnson, sleep lab supervisor at Olympic Medical Sleep Center. “We look forward to working with Dr. McDonald to help our patients get the sleep they need so they can not only function better during the day, but also see improvements in their overall health status.”
Johnson is certified as a registered sleep technologist through the American Board of Sleep Medicine. She is also certified by the American Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.
“Our sleep medicine program has been re-energized and we are pleased to have excellent sleep lab staff to complement Dr. McDonald’s medical expertise,” says Dr. Kennedy.
For more information about sleep medicine services, please click here or call the OMP Specialty Clinic in Sequim at (360) 582-2840.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a charter member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003) and the Swedish Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.