Published on April 16, 2019

Firelands Regional Medical Center Speech Therapy Department has again received the Parkinson Voice Project Grant


(April 16, 2019 – Sandusky, Ohio)  The Speech-Language Pathology department at Firelands Regional Medical Center has been awarded, for a second year, a grant through the Parkinson Voice Project. This project will bring SPEAK OUT! ® and LOUD Crowd® programs to Erie County.  Firelands is one of just four facilities in Ohio to receive the grant funding that supplies training, materials, marketing, and on-going education to support ongoing implementation of the programs.

The SPEAK OUT! ® program will be provided as part of adult speech-therapy treatment sessions for those with Parkinson’s disease. The primary goals of SPEAK OUT!® are to strengthen the muscles used for speaking and swallowing and to teach patients how to speak with intent. Once patients complete SPEAK OUT!®, they transition to the second part of the program called The LOUD Crowd®. This programming provides ongoing vocal practice, accountability, support, and encouragement after a patient completes therapy.

Lisa Horchler, director of speech-language pathology and pediatric outpatient clinics, said “The opportunity to be provided this grant for the second year in a row is a testament to the wonderful work our speech-language pathologists do, and the outreach support we have received!  We are so glad that the surrounding community will be able to continue to benefit from this program.”

For more information about SPEAK OUT!® at Firelands Regional Medical Center, please call 419-557-7040.

Firelands Regional Medical Center is home to some of the nation’s best physicians and is one of the top-rated hospitals in the state. Firelands received Healthgrades® America’s 100 Best for Orthopedic Surgery and America’s 100 Best for Spine Surgery for 2019. Firelands is accredited in heart failure and is an American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Receiving Hospital, as well as a Certified Chest Pain Center. The health system is a Verified Level III Trauma Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, and is the area’s only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services are one of the largest hospital based behavioral health and substance abuse programs in the state of Ohio. For more information about Firelands, visit



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