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Published May 18, 2012, 10:24 PM

Altru Opening New 'Sleep Center' on Sunday

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Altru's new Sleep Center opens its doors and its beds to patients Sunday night. The new Sleep Center isn't your typical hospital department, it's a six-bed facility with a very "homey" feel.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Altru's new Sleep Center opens its doors and its beds to patients Sunday night.

The new Sleep Center isn't your typical hospital department, it's a six-bed facility with a very "homey" feel.

Patients will have studies performed to determine if they have sleep apnea. When a patient arrives at the facility, they'll go through a hookup process which takes about an hour.

The patient's heart, lungs, oxygen and movement are monitored throughout the night by a technician.

Technicians say they want to make the facility just as homey as a hotel.

"We hope we get a wow factor from them. 'Oh, my. This is nice. It's brand new and it's very clean and neat,'" Head Sleep Technician Marsha Vistad said.

"Hopefully they will gain more of an appreciation for what Altru is trying to do for them as far as providing this type of service and expanded services throughout the hospital," Sleep Center Manager Julie Aubrey said.

Typically doctors want patients to get a minimum of four hours of solid sleep at the center so they can be monitored.

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