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The Center for Hearing and Speech joins forces with Texas Children’s Hospital® to provide superior service delivery to children with hearing loss


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By Texas Medical Center | February 22, 2019

Houston, February 22, 2019. The Center for Hearing and Speech and Texas Children’s Hospital® have executed a term sheet to streamline services, optimize outcomes and increase the number of children treated for hearing loss in the Houston metropolitan area. Both organizations aspire to provide hope and an enriched, uncompromised life for children through an integrated offering of specialized medical, clinical and educational services.

Texas Children’s will be co-locating medical professionals in the new Center for Hearing and Speech building in the Texas Medical Center. The hospital will be working alongside the Center for Hearing and Speech to provide superior service delivery to children with hearing loss.

“As two of the most comprehensive resources for pediatric hearing loss in Texas, The Center for Hearing and Speech and Texas Children’s share like-minded visions for the future,” said Alan Smith, Chairman of The Center for Hearing and Speech. “This joint venture represents a paradigm shift in service delivery for children with hearing loss.”

Both organizations are confident this collaboration will enable more children with hearing loss to receive services.

“Joining forces with the Center for Hearing and Speech is a natural fit as our commitment to treating children with hearing loss is unmatched,” said Dr. Larry Hollier, Surgeon-in-Chief at Texas Children’s. “We look forward to working together in a highly collaborative manner to enhance the care provided to children across our area.”

The details of the endeavor include:

-The world-renowned Texas Medical Center (TMC) welcomed the Center for Hearing and Speech as its 60th member in 2017.
-The Center signed a 50-year ground lease with TMC and the campus will break ground this year. The new campus will be located near State Highway 288 and MacGregor Way.
The 42,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility is expertly designed to provide an optimal experience for children and streamline service delivery.
-The Center for Hearing and Speech will continue to provide the following services: audiology, speech therapy, and education through the acclaimed Melinda Webb School.
-Texas Children’s Hospital will co-locate medical professionals, including Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physicians in the new Center for Hearing and Speech building.

For more than 70 years, the nationally renowned Center for Hearing and Speech has served as the most comprehensive resource for pediatric hearing loss in Texas and the only facility in the region to offer health services and spoken language education for children with hearing loss under one roof. The Center for Hearing and Speech’s multidisciplinary team coordinates individualized care for children birth through age 18. In 2018, the Center served more than 7,984 children who represent Houston’s diverse landscape in terms of ethnicity and socioeconomic backgrounds. The organization is the sole provider in the region offering services on a sliding scale option for children with hearing loss. The Center for Hearing and Speech employs nine of the twelve Listening and Spoken Language Specialists who are currently practicing in the Greater Houston area. The Center employs seven master’s level speech-language pathologists, nine master’s level teachers of the deaf, and seven doctorate-level pediatric audiologists.

Texas Children’s Division of Otolaryngology is the largest program in the hospital’s Department of Surgery. Its faculty members have all completed fellowships in pediatric otolaryngology, laryngology or neurotology. Texas Children’s otolaryngology team evaluates and treats children from birth to 17 years of age who have common problems, as well as complex medical conditions of the ear, nose, throat, and head and neck.

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About The Center for Hearing and Speech
The Center for Hearing and Speech, a United Way of Greater Houston agency, is the most comprehensive resource for pediatric hearing loss in Texas and the only facility in the region to offer audiology, speech pathology and spoken language education under one roof. Since 1947, the nationally renowned Center has enabled children with hearing loss to learn to listen and speak. For more information visit www.centerhearingandspeech.org

About Texas Children’s Hospital®
Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Tower for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. The organization also created Texas Children’s Health Plan, the nation’s first HMO for children; has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country, Texas Children’s Pediatrics; Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics that specialize in after-hours care tailored specifically for children; and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org.

Media Contact:

Fernanda Gratton
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
The Center for Hearing and Speech
Office: 713.520.8317
Mobile: 915.694.9215
fgratton@centerhearingandspeech.org

Lindsey Fox
Senior Specialist
Texas Children’s Hospital
832-824-2040
lbfox@texaschildrens.org




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