A new service that soon will be provided at Medical Arts Hospital should help the Dawson County Hospital District continue seeing a strong financial improvement, according to Chief Executive Officer Letha Stokes.
    Stokes told hospital board members during their regular meeting this past Wednesday that the hospital has contracted with SleepTek of Lubbock to conduct sleep studies for patients here and throughout the area.
    “We’re really, really excited about that,” Stokes told the Press-Reporter.
    “So many patients need to have this study done and we’re proud that we can do it locally.”
    Two rooms at Medical Arts Hospital that previously were used for labor and delivery will be converted into what the industry calls sleep spas, Stokes said.
    “They (patients) will come in and spend the night in our hospital in a very nice room and will be monitored constantly by a technician from SleepTek,” Stokes said.
    While that monitoring initially will be done by a SleepTek employee, Stokes said the hospital plans to have one of its own radiology employees trained and certified to handle those monitoring duties.


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