Headquartered in Brighton, Massachusetts, Sleep HealthCenters (SHC) is staffed by experts in the field of sleep medicine and owns and operates sleep medicine centers throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Arizona. SHC was founded in 1997 by Stanley Goldstein, David Barone and Professor Peretz Lavie. Mr. Barone had initially learned about the field of sleep medicine through a talk given by Professor Lavie, a recognized expert in the field, who was the Dean of the medical school at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa, Israel and founder of Sleep Disorders Centers, a sleep medicine company in Israel.
Mr. Barone learned that in Israel they were using a service delivery model somewhat different from most US providers, which simply diagnosed sleep apnea and then referred patients to other providers for treatment. This often resulted in lack of follow-up, uncoordinated care and often times poor outcomes. After some additional research, the founders created a model to collaborate with health care providers in the community to develop a comprehensive Sleep Medicine Center designed to treat all sleep disorders and provide a full range of treatment options and follow up care in one location.
Through initial discussions to create an improved service delivery system with Dr. David White, Director of the Sleep Disorders Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, SHC collaborated with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Brigham Medical Group to develop SHC’s first comprehensive program. With Dr. White as Corporate Medical Director, the Sleep HealthCenter associated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital was created. This state-of-the-art center offers a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients with sleep disorders, and is the clinical location for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital ACGME sleep medicine fellowship program. In addition to clinical activities, the Brigham and Women’s affiliated center also conducts a variety of research-related activities, including NIH-funded projects and pharmacological and medical device studies.
As a result of this initial success, SHC has become the largest provider of sleep diagnostics and treatment in the region and all centers are accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.