Florida Lung & Sleep Associates has moved into a newly renovated building which was a Wachovia Bank at 2625 Lee Blvd., at the back of Walmart. Dr. Alaa El-Gendy, the medical director, and his staff have been working out of a store front site on Lee Blvd., near Homestead Rd. Wachovia vacated the bank nearly two years ago.
El-Gendy has had the building remodeled inside and has used large lettering on the exterior so motorist won't miss the new site. One main difference now than before is that the main entrance into the offices and waiting room is the entrance facing Lee Blvd., where before, the entrance was on the side of the bank.
The building has drive-thrus which El-Gendy and his staff have made use of for patients to pick up forms and registration material without having to come into the building. A large steel safe at the bank is now being used to house important medical records. No major drugs are kept on the site.
Dr. Alaa El-Gendy, a prominent and long-time sleep and lung specialist in Lehigh has moved his offices into a renovated building that once housed Wachovia Bank behind Walmart. Here, El-Gendy stands in front of the building facing Lee blvd.
El-Gendy is a graduate of Ohio State University and did his residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey with a fellowship at Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University.
His board certifications include those from the American board of Sleep Medicine, the American Board of Pulmonary Diseases, the American Board of Critical Care and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American College of Chest Physicians and the National Sleep Foundation.
El-Gendy accepts walk-ins and referrals from other physicians who may suspect that patients have problems with breathing and with sleeping, which El-Gendy said can lead to more serious problems such as high blood pressure, resistance to insulin and other medical problems.
Originally from Egypt, El-Gendy moved to the U.S. many years ago and has practiced in Lehigh since 2002. Over the past few years, El-Gendy has been a major contributor to Lehigh Community Services, raising money as a candidate for honorary mayor a few times. His son, Ahmed El-Gendy is becoming active in community affairs and is his father's technical director which means he oversees operations of the medical practice.
El-Gendy's daughter, Dina El-Gendy is the office manager and is responsible for all billing and insurance claims and can be of assistance to anyone who needs information about what their insurance covers. Her husband, Ahmed Fahmy is the medical practice's marking director. Dina explained that it is traditional for her to keep her maiden name and is customary in Egypt where she was born.
Ahmed El-Gendy just announced a new free program to help people quit smoking.
"We are going to meet every other week and we have started with about a dozen of our patients, but the program is open to the public at no charge," the younger El-Gendy said. "The first session was Oct. 27 and we use proven methods to help people break the habit."
Those who remember the building as a bank will be surprised with the renovation inside. There are several treatment rooms and three "bedrooms" where patients undergo a complete and comprehensive sleep studies.
"There is a sleep technician on hand at night when a client comes in at bedtime for the study. We monitor their breathing and sleep, and are able to give a report to Dr. El-Gendy who can make a diagnosis about any sleep disorder," he said. "We are able to diagnose such problems as sleep apnea where people are not getting enough oxygen at night and some may even wake up gasping for breath. Bed partners can also tell of a person's snoring, which can mean sleep problems."
He said tests are done by a blood gas machine which measures oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood. The rooms where patients sleep a night or two appear as your own bedroom with comfortable beds and quilt coverings.
Florida Lung & Sleep Associates are open from Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sleep studies are done by appointment, the younger El-Gendy said.
He emphasized problems with sleep can cause narcolepsy, insomnia, snoring from sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, among other problems. A full clinical evaluation and follow-up study can be made. El-Gendy treats chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, cough, lung cancer, pulmonary function testing and pulmonary rehabilitation.
Most insurance coverage is accepted by Florida Lung & Sleep. Ahmed El-Gendy said the staff of about 10 people plus Dr. El-Gendy will hold a ribbon cutting hosted by the Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce in the not to distance future.