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For release: February 7, 2013

Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,
Jim Gosky 330.344.6083,

VNS Equipment & Supplies Hosting Sleep Therapy Open House

Akron General Visiting Nurse Service Equipment & Supplies (VNSES) is hosting a sleep therapy open house on March 14 from 2 – 5 p.m. at 160 Opportunity Parkway, Akron. The open house is designed to provide support and education to people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. The most noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring, but other symptoms may include increased excessive daytime sleepiness, memory loss, hypertension and depression. An estimated 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, according to the American Association for Respiratory Care.

Licensed Respiratory Therapists will give presentations at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. about the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, risk factors, types of sleep apnea, diagnosis and treatment. They will also discuss CPAP and BIPAP machines and delivery devices, such as mask and nasal pillows. Licensed respiratory therapists will also offer personalized CPAP and BIPAP mask fittings and pressure checks. Insurance verification specialists will be available to discuss insurance coverage for sleep therapy products and replacement parts, and to answer other questions. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to VNSES’ Respiratory Department at 330-344-8803.

About Akron General Visiting Nurse Service Equipment & Supplies
Akron General Visiting Nurse Service Equipment & Supplies (VNSES) has been providing a comprehensive range of quality, cost-effective home medical equipment and supplies to Northeast Ohio for almost 30 years. VNSES is an affiliate of Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates (comprised of Advanced Infusion Services, Hospice of VNS, VNS Personal Care Services, VNSES and Visiting Nurse Service). A member of the Akron General Health System, VNSES serves Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne Counties. For more information, visit

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio and Becker’s Hospital Review named Akron General Medical Center one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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