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PONTIAC — A “one-stop shop” for sleep medicine and pulmonary services is planned for Pontiac in response to increased demand for patient sleep studies and pulmonary testing.

OSF Healthcare hopes to open a sleep and pulmonary (lung) medicine center in September on land that will become a part of the Sullivan Office Complex on the 1500 block of West Reynolds Street, said Tim Johnson, executive director of diagnostics and ambulatory services for OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac.

Ground will be broken ilater this month for a 6,000-square-foot building behind the office complex, which includes a USDA Service Center and OSF Medical Group-Reynolds Street, Johnson said.

Developer Tom Sullivan will put up the building, which OSF will lease, Johnson said. About 4,500 square feet will be for sleep and pulmonary medicine and 1,500 square feet will be available for other specialists.

“This will not only be a sleep center but will provide comprehensive pulmonary and sleep care,” said Dr. Humam Farah of OSF Critical Care, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. He is medical director of the Sleep Center of Central Illinois, Bloomington, and will be medical director of the Pontiac center, which has not yet been named.

The Pontiac center will include four rooms for overnight sleep studies and exam rooms for pulmonologists to conduct outpatient consultations and outpatient pulmonary testing for stress and lung function, said Johnson and Farah.

“Right now, a lot of patients need to travel to Bloomington or Peoria or Chicago for testing and care,” Farah said. “By opening this center, we can serve people in Pontiac and the surrounding area.” Care would be coordinated with OSF sleep centers in Bloomington and Peoria.

OSF research found that there are a number of patients in the Pontiac area who have had sleep studies. Meanwhile, medical literature maintains that sleep apnea is under-diagnosed, meaning the number of patients who will be prescribed sleep studies will increase.

Sleep apnea is a concern because it is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and obesity.

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