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For release: September 16, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

VNS Equipment & Supplies hosting sleep therapy open house
Respiratory professionals discuss symptoms of sleep apnea

Akron General Visiting Nurse Service Equipment & Supplies (VNSES) is hosting a sleep therapy open house on October 2 from 2 – 5 p.m. at 160 Opportunity Parkway, Suite 101, 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.

Licensed Respiratory Therapists will give a presentation a 3 p.m. on sleep apnea and how it affects the cardiovascular system. Licensed respiratory therapists will also offer personalized CPAP and BIPAP mask fittings and pressure checks. Refreshments will be served and convenient, free parking is available. Please RSVP to VNSES’ Respiratory Department at 330-344-8803.

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care 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 532-registered-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; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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