Driscoll opens new Sleep Center

Members of the Driscoll Pediatric Sleep Center Team are Deborah Monroe, RPSGT, Overnight Sleep Technologist (from left); Marcos J. Valdez, MD, Pediatric Neurologist and Sleep Medicine Physician; Amine Daher, MD, Pediatric Pulmonologist, Sleep Medicine Physician and Medical Director of the Driscoll Pediatric Sleep Center; Ghassan Tannous, RPSGT, Lead Overnight Sleep Technologist; and Janie Barton-Gonzales, RRT, RPSGT, Overnight Sleep Technologist.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Driscoll Children’s Hospital is helping evaluate and manage the sleep concerns of the children of South Texas.

The Driscoll Pediatric Sleep Center, an exclusively pediatric sleep center in South Texas, is now open.

In charge of the program is Amine Daher, MD, a Pediatric Pulmonologist and Sleep Medicine Physician who is the Medical Director of the Driscoll Pediatric Sleep Center. Also part of the program is Marcos J. Valdez, MD, a Pediatric Neurologist and Sleep Medicine Physician.

Driscoll Pediatric Sleep Center Overnight Sleep Technologist Deborah Monroe, RPSGT, prepares a patient for a sleep study.

“The launching of the Driscoll Pediatric Sleep Center allows us to evaluate and treat the entire spectrum of pediatric sleep disorders from neonates to young adults,” said Dr. Daher.

Treatment can be done in person at the hospital in Corpus Christi or via In-Touch, a telehealth platform used in Driscoll satellite clinics.

The sleep doctor will perform a clinical evaluation and develop a sleep care plan program for each child, based on the concerns of the parents and primary care provider. The sleep care plan may include diagnostic testing such as a sleep study, strategic behavioral changes, a referral to various specialties such as an Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Specialist and clinical follow-ups.

The Driscoll Pediatric Sleep Center was developed to manage all pediatric sleep disorders. The physicians and staff are trained to help parents recognize when a child’s particular sleep pattern can be considered as developmentally appropriate or a variant of normal, and when further evaluation might be needed.

Driscoll Pediatric Sleep Center Leadership Team members are Mike Mohat, Senior Director of Emergency/Intensive Services at Driscoll Children’s Hospital (from left); Marcos J. Valdez, MD, Pediatric Neurologist and Sleep Medicine Physician; and Amine Daher, MD, Pediatric Pulmonologist, Sleep Medicine Physician and Medical Director of the Driscoll Pediatric Sleep Center.

“A sleep medicine evaluation may be for isolated sleep-related concerns or as part of a medically broader and more complex evaluation. The treatment plan can be in conjunction with the patients, their parents, community pediatricians as well as various pediatric specialists,” said Dr. Daher.

A sleep study, also known as a Polysomnography, involves monitoring a child’s sleep to evaluate various sleep disorders. Sleep physicians reassure parents and patients the procedure is painless, so there’s nothing to be concerned about.

“With regards to pediatric sleep studies specifically, in addition to providing excellent insight into a child’s sleep, they also can be a powerful tool to monitor the outcome of interventions as well as the progression of various pulmonary, cardiac, gastrointestinal or neurologic conditions,” said Dr. Daher.

Some of the pediatric sleep disorders that are addressed by the clinic:

  1. Patients with snoring and concerns for obstructive sleep apnea or other sleep-disordered breathing.
  2. Excessive daytime sleepiness and the various hypersomnia conditions.
  3. Behavioral insomnia and difficulty sleeping.
  4. Parasomnias, restless leg syndrome and abnormal movements in sleep.

The importance of proper sleep for a child should never be underestimated.

“Sleep takes up more than a third of a child’s life. As such, providing high quality, pediatric-specific sleep medicine services under the umbrella of Driscoll Children’s Hospital will no doubt help improve the care of our population of children in South Texas,” said Dr. Daher.

To find out more about setting up a sleep evaluation, call 361-694-4447.