PAMF Santa Cruz Opens New Capitola Office
Offers Sleep Medicine, Endocrinology, Nutrition and Diabetes Education
SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 8, 2009 - The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Santa Cruz has opened their first medical office in Capitola. The office consolidates Endocrinology, Nutrition Education, and Diabetes Education resources and will be a new home for PAMF Sleep Disorders Center Santa Cruz. The Sleep Disorder Center, PAMF’s first in Santa Cruz County and one of only two such facilities in the County, includes four sleep study suites that enable physicians to conduct attended polysomnographic sleep recordings to diagnose and treat sleep disorders.
The office is the new home of PAMF Santa Cruz physicians who were formerly located at the PAMF Santa Cruz 2025 Soquel Avenue office: Bahar Aghighi, M.D., FACE; Sharan Gill, M.D.; William T. Hart M.D.; and Larry C. Levin, M.D.
As many as 40 million people in the United States report sleep disorders, which may include insomnia, snoring, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder and narcolepsy. The Sleep Disorders Center is a specialty practice to which patients are referred by their physician for a sleep study or comprehensive evaluation by a board certified sleep specialist. Patients arrive in the evening after 8 p.m., are shown to their own private room and prepared for the sleep study. For the patients’ comfort, each private room is furnished with a queen-sized Sleep Number® bed, a private bathroom, cable television, and its own air conditioning system. Electrodes are placed on the patient and they sleep through the night. A recording device monitors the sleep cycle, number of interruptions, oxygen levels, and other metrics.
“We are very excited to have this sleep disorders center, which will allow us to conduct in-depth studies on patients,” says William T. Hart, M.D., board certified sleep specialist. “Having such a facility is critical in understanding, diagnosing, and treating patients who suffer from sleep disorders.”
The consolidation of Endocrinology, Diabetes Education, and Nutrition Education will provide a convenient one stop location for patients who are living with hormonal imbalances and will provide a new “home” for the Nutrition Educators.
Endocrinologists care for many conditions including diabetes, thyroid diseases, metabolic disorders, menopause, osteoporosis, hypertension, cholesterol (lipid) disorders, infertility, lack of growth (short stature), and cancers of the endocrine glands.
“Placing the Endocrinologists with the Diabetes Educators makes perfect sense for working with patients who are diagnosed with diabetes,” said Larry C. Levin, M.D., board certified endocrinologist, “this new office offers us a better team environment and enhances our ability to provide quality care to our patients”.
The new 6,467 square feet office is located in the Bay Avenue Shopping Center at 815 Bay Avenue Suite B, Capitola. The offices can be contacted by phone at the following phone numbers - Diabetes Education, Endocrinology, Nutrition Education: 831-460-7333, Sleep Medicine: 831-460-7300.