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Infant Apnea Center

Infant Apnea Center: Who we are

Infant Apnea Center
Staff, L to R:
Mary Bornman, RN, Kathy Berndt, RN
Phyllis Bush, RN, Akhtar Niazi, MD and
Lisa McNeel, RN

The Bryan Health Infant Apnea Center was founded by the late Patricia Cole Stivrins, MD. Since 1981, we have provided services to infants and children who are at risk for respiratory, cardiac or sleep problems.

Under the medical direction of Dr. Akhtar Niazi, and in coordination with the primary physician, the Infant Apnea Center provides evaluation; diagnostic testing, including multi-channel recordings, polysomnography and pH studies; and treatment when necessary. The Infant Apnea Center also coordinates home apnea monitor referrals.

Comprehensive monitor instructions include:

  • Monitor function
  • Application to the baby
  • Infant CPR
  • Safe sleep
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Reflux precautions

Classes are taught by registered nurses and respiratory therapists. The staff provides comprehensive follow-up and home visits as needed until the apnea monitor is discontinued. A social worker is available to assist monitored families with psychosocial needs.

Dr. Niazi and the Apnea Center staff welcome the chance to provide information and assistance regarding any infant or pediatric sleep disorder.

Mom holding baby

How to reach us

Call the Infant Apnea Center at (402) 481-8933.

Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

After Hours:

Call the hospital operator at (402) 489-0200 and
ask for the Infant Apnea Center on-call staff.


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