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Central Georgia Health System Improves Care for Nonverbal Patients

Central Georgia Health System Improves Care for Nonverbal Patients

Partnership with DynaVox Assists Those Unable to Communicate due to Stroke, Trauma 

MACON, GA (Tuesday, March 26, 2013) – Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) has partnered with DynaVox, a leader in speech-generated device (SGD) technology solutions, to assist patients who are unable to communicate due to stroke, trauma or other conditions.

“As a leading healthcare provider in the region, CGHS believes in working with patients to ensure positive outcomes in their care. A big hurdle occurs when a patient's medical condition impacts their ability to speak or write, and the patient cannot actively direct their care. To overcome this hurdle, our therapist teams have partnered with DynaVox to assist non-verbal patients,” said Elbert McQueen, Vice President of Central Georgia Health System Post Acute Services and Regional Development, and CEO Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital.

Patients receiving therapeutic care at Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital, The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Outpatient Rehabilitation Services and Central Georgia Home Health who cannot functionally communicate in their day-to-day lives will receive an assessment of their communication needs with a trained speech language pathologist. CGHS' speech language pathologists have received specialized training on the SGD's provided by DynaVox and are equipped to find the best solutions to help patients reach communication goals and increase their independence and quality of life through communication and self-expression.