Since the early 1990s, the home town of Dr. William C. Dement has been the target of the Walla Walla Project. The Walla Walla project was undertaken to determine whether sleep disorders diagnosis and treatment could be successfully incorporated into a community medical practice. The goals of the project were to educate physicians and the public, to provide the equipment and technical expertise necessary for sleep disorders diagnosis and treatment to be practiced by community physicians and to assess the outcome of these interventions.
Their findings support the contention that in the vast majority of patients with sleep apnea, the condition is currently undiagnosed and untreated, and that community physicians are capable of discovering and caring for such patients if educated and supported. Thus, the manner in which a specialized sleep center reversed tradition, and instead of drawing patients into itself moved its knowledge outward to a community's physicians, may serve as a model for a way to reduce the staggering impact of sleep disorders on the health and welfare of our society.
Town Hall Meeting
Dr. William C. Dement will be in Maxey Hall at Whitman College on Friday evening, March 26th to sign copies of his new book, The Promise of Sleep: A Pioneer in Sleep Medicine Explores the Vital Connection to Health, Happiness and a Good Night's Sleep. There will be special gift baskets containing sleep books, caffeine free cocoa, mugs and gift certificates to be raffled off to the crowd. After the books signing, Dr. Dement will address the audience.
To publicize the event, it will be advertised in the local paper, the Union Bulletin. An article written by Kathleen Obenland will appear in the Sunday, March 21st edition. The Kathryn Severyns Dement Sleep Center website will publicize the event as well.
Sleep Week Series
A series of talks on sleep will be given by sleep specialist and medical director of the sleep disorders center, Dr. Richard Simon at St. Mary's Luken Rooms (all three).
Sleep Day Open House
On Sleep Day, March 30th, the Kathryn Severyns Dement Sleep Disorders Center will host an open house. Tours of the facilities will be given and equipment will be demonstrated.
Internet CPAP Survey
The results of the Internet CPAP Survey should be ready and online by Sleep Week.
THE SLEEP WEEK CHALLENGE
The Sleep Week Challenge is a challenge to all the residents of Walla Walla to get eight hours of sleep or more for sleep week.
There will also be a Sleep Week Industry Challenge where Dr. Richard Simon will call the industries and have management challenge their workers to sleep eight hours or more for sleep week. Before the challenge, the workers will fill out the Epworth Sleepiness Scale to determine their sleepiness. Another one will be filled out after sleep week and compared to see if there is any difference. Police and accident records will be checked before and after as well to determine if more sleep lessens crime and accidents.
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