Grant supports WCA Sleep Center pediatric patients

JAMESTOWN – Recently, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation awarded a $2,000 grant from the Karl Peterson Unrestricted Fund to underwrite the purchase of a Capnograph/Oximeter to better evaluate the growing number of pediatric patients served by the WCA Hospital Sleep Center.

“We are so grateful to the Community Foundation for investing in our program and in the future of the young patients entrusted to our care,” says Jennifer Wendel, BS RRT-SDS, RPSGT, RST, WCA Hospital Sleep Center Coordinator. “This piece of equipment definitely enhances our ability to provide a higher level of sleep testing and assessment of our pediatric patients.”

Sleep problems can occur at any age, but when they occur in children or adolescents, they can have a big impact on the entire family. Twenty percent of all children suffer from some type of sleeping problem, and the causes range from poor sleep habits, behavioral problems, to underlying medical conditions. Whatever the cause, the impact can be disruptive to children and their families.

Many children experience sleep disorders. These range from night terrors and sleep walking to serious breathing disorders during sleep. A recent study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that obstructive sleep apnea is associated with increased rates of ADHS-like behavioral problems in children, as well as other adaptive and learning problems. The Capnograph/Oximeter enables staff in the WCA Sleep Center to more accurately identify subtle changes associated with nocturnal breathing changes in children and adolescents.

According to Randy Sweeney, Executive Director of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, “The Community Foundation recognizes the important of quality medical care for our area youth. This new equipment will allow the WCA Sleep Center staff the ability to better diagnose sleep disorders and help patients be better prepared for their day.”

For more information on grants and the Community Foundation, visit www.crcfonline.org or call 661-3390.

WCA Hospital’s Sleep Center is located on the third floor of the main campus at 207 Foote Avenue in Jamestown. To learn more, please visit www.wcahospital.org or call 664-8430.