PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 5, 2021) – Nonprofit Banner Health is transitioning its sleep centers in Arizona and Northern Colorado from inpatient to outpatient services under the wholly owned subsidiary Banner Sleep Centers. The transition, which is effective immediately, will be seamless for patients, with locations, phone numbers and scheduling unchanged.
Sleep center staff also will remain the same and continue providing quality care and services at a lower cost. For example, patients will have greater access to sleep studies at a significantly lower cost than in a hospital setting.
“We view this as a logical next step to lower costs and increase efficient access for patients with sleep disorders,” said Dr. David Kukafka, medical director for Banner Sleep Centers. “Sleep disorders and sleep apnea are underrecognized and undertreated, which can worsen medical conditions such as high blood pressure, and even lead to heart attacks and strokes.”
Sleep medicine is an important and growing service line, providing care for people suffering from difficulty sleeping and other issues during sleep, such as sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome and narcolepsy. Rising anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic has been known to disrupt sleep patterns among children and adults.
Dr. Kukafka said people should seek professional care when sleep-related issues arise, such as falling asleep while driving, disruptive snoring, teeth grinding and insomnia.
Banner Sleep Centers are certified through the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and staffed with board-certified physicians. Locations included in the transition are:
- Banner Sleep Center Mesa
2225 W. Southern Ave.. Building 1400, Mesa
- Banner Sleep Center Casa Grande
1825 E. Florence Blvd., Building C, Suite 136, Casa Grande
- Banner Sleep Center Phoenix
755 E. McDowell Road, Annex Building, Phoenix
- Banner Sleep Center Glendale
5757 W. Thunderbird Road, Suite E352, Glendale
- Banner Sleep Center East Mesa
6644 E. Baywood Ave., Suite 135, Mesa
- Banner Sleep Center Loveland
1825 East 18th St., Suite C. Loveland
- Banner Sleep Center Greeley
1801 16th St., Area C1-B, Greeley
Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns and operates 30 acute-care hospitals, two rehabilitation hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner – University Medicine, academic and employed physician groups, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services; including Banner Urgent Care, family clinics, home care and hospice services, pharmacies and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit bannerhealth.com.