Mercy Sleep Center to Show off New Equipment

March 18, 2015

Patients at Mercy St. Francis Sleep Center are resting a whole lot easier, thanks to $45,000 in facility upgrades. Now the community is invited to get a closer look at the new equipment.

Mercy will host a First to Know luncheon at 12 p.m. Monday, April 6, to talk about the new Embla Sandman N7000 system at the sleep center. Funded by the Mercy St. Francis Auxiliary, the upgrade includes everything from analysis software to cameras that can pan, tilt and zoom, as well as microphones and amplifiers.

“We now have the very latest equipment to help us monitor things like breathing patterns, muscle movement, brain waves and heart rate,” said Miriam Johnson, manager of respiratory therapy. “It’s wonderful to have functional, state-of-the-art equipment to enhance the patient experience.”

At Mercy St. Francis Sleep Center, a sleep therapist walks patients through an in-depth, one-on-one discussion before they’re wired with sensors for an overnight stay. Data is analyzed by a board-certified sleep medicine specialist and put into a secure database, then sent to the patient’s physician.

Johnson encourages anyone with sleeping problems to come hear her speak at the April 6 luncheon. “If you’re tossing and turning at night, it may not be from stress or anxiety, but from a sleep disorder – something that affects one in six Americans,” Johnson said.

According to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, at least 40 million Americans suffer from one of the following chronic sleep disorders: insomnia, snoring, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome. Some of the common signs or symptoms of untreated sleep apnea include depression, fatigue, diabetes, hypertension, acid reflux, memory problems, fibromyalgia, and morning headaches. If you experience any of these problems, you should talk to your doctor about referring you for a sleep study.

The First to Know luncheon will be held at 12 p.m. Monday, April 6, inside the Mercy St. Francis Conference Room, at 100 W. US Highway 60. A light complimentary lunch will be served; each guest will receive a special gift. To RSVP for the April 6 event, call Laurie Strosnider at 417-934-7090 or email her at by March 30.

To learn more about Mercy St. Francis Sleep Center, call 417-934-7045.