Air Force Col. Leigh A. Swanson, left, 10th Medical Group commander; Army Col. Patrick M. Garman, center, Evans Army Community Hospital (EACH) commander; and Navy Cmdr. Renee Pazdan, commander, U.S. Public Health Service, cut the ribbon during the Colorado Springs Military Sleep Center opening April 9, 2018, at EACH. (Photo by Jeanine Mezei)
Evans Army Community Hospital hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Colorado Springs Military Sleep Center on April 9 here at Fort Carson to celebrate its grand opening.
The new addition to Evans ACH is made possible by the consolidation of two sleep labs, to include Evans ACH and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
“The consolidation of sleep medicine services for the Colorado Springs market into a unified program is truly synergistic,” said U.S. Public Health Service Cmdr. Renee Pazdan, assigned to Evans ACH and the Warrior Recovery Center. “Since 2013, the two independent sleep labs have conducted over 10,000 sleep studies.”
This initiative is unique in that Army and Air Force medical personnel will work alongside each other to provide care for Soldiers, Airmen and their Families in the local military community. Air Force Col. Leigh A. Swanson, commander of 10th Medical Group and command surgeon of the U.S. Air Force Academy, also attended to help cut the ribbon with Evans ACH leadership.
“Sleep is a big part of all our lives and is a big part of readiness for our Air Force and Army service members in the Colorado Springs area,” said Col. Patrick M. Garman, Evans ACH commander. “There are a lot of Airmen and Soldiers in this vicinity that need to learn good sleep techniques.”
The six-bed sleep center will eventually expand to 10 beds and provide greatly enhanced clinical services once consolidation efforts are fully realized in June 2018. The lower elevation at Evans ACH leads to fewer false-positive sleep studies and merging both sleep labs at one location reduces redundancy.
“Experience has shown that the studies done at this elevation more accurately represent the majority of our patients sleep environments,” said Pazdan. “By unifying our location and our services, we will ensure all patients referred for sleep medicine evaluation treatment go through a common pathway of care that is streamlined, efficient and patient-centric.”
Pazdan led the project from its inception to the grand opening after asking Garman for a way to contribute more to the organization. Her resolve helped create this new facility, which will provide beneficiaries with an improved continuity of care.
“Our patients have the confidence to know that our services are interconnected and we are providing the best care for them,” said Garman.
For more information on the Colorado Springs Military Sleep Center, call (719) 524-0026 or visit the third floor of the main hospital at Evans ACH to speak with a team member.