At Wooster Community Hospital, we can treat and test for common problems in our accredited Sleep Disorders Center. Sleep is a natural, and very vital part of our daily routine. It promotes good health, is soothing to the mind, and enables everyone to be productive in work and play. However, more than 25% of Americans suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness from chronic sleep disorders. Sleep disorders can negatively affect the immune system, personality, work performance, lead to serious or fatal health problems including heart disease and high blood pressure.
Anyone who suffers from excessive daytime sleepiness, has trouble falling asleep, maintaining sleep, or disturbs the sleep of others by snoring loudly is a candidate for a sleep evaluation. Common problems include sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, muscle spasms during sleep, and narcolepsy. Accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine assures quality care for patients with sleep disorders. A physician’s referral is necessary for evaluation.
The Laboratory at Wooster Community Hospital is a full service laboratory licensed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CLIA) and accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). WCH Laboratory uses state of the art equipment to perform over one million individual test determinations annually on inpatients, outpatients, Emergency Department patients, and nursing home patients. Routine and emergency testing is performed on a 24 hour basis in Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology, Transfusion Services, and Anatomic Pathology.
The Vascular Laboratory at Wooster Community Hospital provides blood flow evaluations on the veins and arteries of the legs, arms, and neck. Testing is performed using ultrasound and Doppler equipment that produces images of blood vessels as well as blood flow information.
All examinations are performed by registered and experienced Vascular Technologists who work with highly trained Vascular Surgeons to provide accurate and diagnostic information that assists the doctor patients have been referred to in treating patients with disorders of the circulatory system.
Wooster Community Hospital and HealthPoint offer the service of Ultrasound, or Sonography. This technology is a valuable imaging tool that uses sound waves (and no radiation) to view images of the body. Ultrasound can evaluate many of the body's internal organs, as well as allow observation of unborn babies.
Some Ultrasound exams, such as those for blood vessels and the heart, can be captured in real time. This provides an actual recording of information for the physician to review. Other organs and unborn children are best evaluated with a sequence of still pictures taken during the examination.
Wooster Community Hospital has been accredited as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. The Stroke Team at WCH rapidly evaluates and directs the treatment for all stroke patients. For patients who qualify, clot dissolving therapy can be administered within three hours of the stroke occurring.
A member of the stroke team is available 24 hours, 7 days a week to quickly assess patients and determine eligibility for available therapies. Always remember stroke is a medical emergency; time is the most important factor in the effective treatment of stroke; early recognition of symptoms and notifying 911 immediately is essential.
Stroke services include
- Multidisciplinary team members including highly specialized stroke experts.
- Fast stroke treatment time. Two million brain cells die each minute during a stroke.
- State-of-the-art procedures and technologies for the diagnosis of stroke.
- A full range of acute inpatient and aftercare services available for patients who have experienced a stroke.
- Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit offers special care and education programs for those who have experienced a stroke.
- Stroke Support Group
FAST Signs of Stroke
- F - Face -uneven smile/droop?
- A- Arms- one drift down?
- S- Speech- slurred or strange
- T-Time- Call 9-1-1 with signs of stroke
With the aide of computer processing images are created showing organs, vessels, and body tissues with great clarity. Wooster Community Hospital uses state-of-the-art technology with our 64-slice CT scanner. In addition to the high speed and quality images produced by the scanner, new cardiac studies, vessel analysis, and 3-D reconstructions can also be performed.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive, state-of-the-art technology utilizing a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the human body without the use of radiation.
Bone Densitometry is an X-Ray procedure that measures bone loss due to bone disease. Bone Densitometry measurement is simple, safe, noninvasive, and painless. It is used most often to diagnose Osteoporosis, which is the loss of bone mass.
With the use of special software, the WCH Bone Densitometry Scan can access the stability of any spine fractures related to loss of bone mass. This information will help your doctor determine if there is a need to take certain steps in protecting bone health.
Wooster Community Hospital offers the most advanced technology in Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Image PET is combined with Computerized Tomograpy (CT) to create a sophisticated, non-invasive diagnostic study of the biochemistry and physiologic function of the human body.
PET is a remarkable imaging tool that provides physicians important and specific information about the function of organs and cells within your body. CT creates images with exquisite anatomical detail. The resulting fused images provide extremely useful information for the diagnosis of disease and management of patients.
There are a number of procedures performed in Nuclear Medicine. Preparations for each procedure varies. Examinations can be performed to evaluate the heart, kidneys, bones, and thyroid to name a few. Some tests may require fasting and being off your medications (per your physician's recommendation only), while others allow you to eat.
All Nuclear Medicine exams require administration of a RadioIsotope via an IV injection, oral administration, or inhaled. The purpose of the RadioIsotope is to allow visualization of anatomy as well as physiology of the area in question.