November 2, 2012


CNC Sleep Center in Gulf Breeze Receives Program Accreditation


GULF BREEZE, FL - CNC Sleep Center in Gulf Breeze recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

"The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates CNC Sleep Center on fulfilling the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center," said Dr. Sam Fleishman, AASM president. "CNC Sleep Center is a significant resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders."

To receive accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance. Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited a sleep disorders center for the first time in 1977. Today there are nearly 2,500 AASM-accredited sleep centers across the country.

CNC Sleep Center is directed by David M Suhrbier, DO, and is located at 400 Gulf Breeze Parkway, #202.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers, and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine. As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers, the AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.



Click here to read the WEAR story of Dr. Suhrbier discussing the possible link between inadequate sleep and behavior.



June 27, 2011

Contact: Mike Burke
(850) 416-1153

New Research Findings May Help Prevent Tracheostomy in Cerebral
Palsy Patients


PENSACOLA, Fla. – Physicians at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital recently presented research findings at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting that may provide a new, non-invasive method for opening the airways of both adult and pediatric patients that have become obstructed due to cerebral palsy, stroke, trauma and other neurological conditions.

In the study, pediatric cerebral palsy patients suffering from severe respiratory distress or respiratory failure were injected with botulinum toxin type A, also known by the brand name Botox®, to relieve the tension in their throat muscles to open up their airways.

In patients with cerebral palsy and other spastic neurological conditions, the muscles in the throat become rigid and tight, often obstructing the airway and making it hard for the patient to breathe. Traditionally, physicians perform a tracheostomy to open the airway, which involves making a small incision in the patient’s throat and then inserting a flexible tube into the hole to help the patient breathe without the use of their nose or mouth. As with any surgical procedure, tracheostomy poses risks to the patient, including excessive bleeding, injury to the throat anatomy, and infection.

Botulinum toxin has been used with success to treat rigid muscle tone in cerebral palsy patients and to prevent tracheostomy in patients who have been diagnosed with paradoxical vocal cord movement, a condition in which the vocal cords open and close incorrectly, impairing breathing.

Primary investigators in the study included Dr. Jessica Blick, a medical student at Florida State University College of Medicine; Dr. Rex Northup, a board-certified pediatric critical care physician at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital; and Dr. Ben Renfroe, a board-certified pediatric neurologist with the Child Neurology Center of Northwest Florida.

For more information on this trial, please contact the Child Neurology Center of Northwest Florida at (850) 932-5055.





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