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Texas State, Ascension Seton Williamson collaborate to open sleep center

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Jayme Blaschke | May 26, 2021

ribbon cutting ceremony
Pictured: Provost Eugene Bourgeois; President and CEO of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce Jason Ball; Dean of the College of Health Professions Dr. Ruth Welborn; Texas State President Denise Trauth; President of Ascension Regional Hospitals Kate Henderson; Sleep Center Medical Director Dr. Said Soubra; Chair of the Department of Respiratory Care Dr. Gregg Marshall; Manager of Respiratory Care David Garza

Texas State University and Ascension Seton Williamson have announced a collaboration to offer comprehensive sleep diagnostics and therapeutics to patients 12 years and older in the Williamson County area.

The new Ascension Seton Williamson Sleep Center at the Texas State University Round Rock Campus features state-of-the-art equipment and furnishings in Willow Hall.

With a mission to serve educational, research, and diagnostic needs, the four-bedroom, four full bath Sleep Center provides a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of problems with sleeping, staying awake or troublesome behavior during sleep. The center performs sleep studies according to the highest medical standards.

Sleep Center services will be delivered by Ascension Seton Williamson clinicians. Dr. Said Soubra, pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine specialist, will serve as the medical director of the Ascension Seton Williamson Sleep Center at Texas State. Soubra oversees the quality of patient care for all diagnostic procedures.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Texas State University to offer sleep medicine to our neighbors in Williamson County and beyond,” said Wesley Tidwell, chief operating officer at Ascension Seton Williamson. “We share a vision to meet the growing healthcare needs of this dynamic community, while providing compassionate personalized care to patients struggling with sleep disorders.”

“The idea of the sleep center as a joint effort between Ascension Seton Williamson Medical Center (ASWMC) and the Department of Respiratory Care at Texas State University began in 2019. The opportunity for sleep services to be provided in this underserved geographic area of Williamson county caught the attention of ASWMC’s leadership with a solution 'right across the street,'” said Gregg Marshall, chair of the Department of Respiratory Care at Texas State. "The Ascension Seton Williamson Sleep Center at Texas State University is a state-of-the-art, four-bedroom/bath facility offering sleep diagnostics and therapeutics utilizing the Philips/Respironics G3 sleep study acquisition system coupled with the Somnoware database system to provide the healthcare provider access for tech scoring and physician interpretation.

"The sleep facility will offer opportunities for respiratory care undergraduate and graduate students to complete clinical rotations within Willow Hall on Texas State's  Round Rock Campus," Marshall said. "Sleep research will be also part of the mission of the sleep center.”

The Ascension Seton Williamson Sleep Center at Texas State is located at 1555 University Blvd. in Round Rock. For more information, visit https://www.health.txstate.edu/rc/Texas-State-Sleep-Center.html.

About Ascension Texas

In Texas, Ascension operates Ascension Providence and Ascension Seton, which includes Dell Children’s Medical Center, the region’s only comprehensive children’s hospital and pediatric Level I trauma center, and Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, the region’s only Level I trauma center for adults. Ascension Seton partners with Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and shares a common vision of transforming healthcare through a focus on quality and value. Serving Texas for 115 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., operating 2,600 sites of care – including 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.ascension.org and www.dellchildrens.net.

For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922