Speech therapists are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of speech, voice, swallowing, and language disorders. We offer inpatient and outpatient speech therapy treatment to improve the qualities/mechanisms of the following:
- Language - includes comprehension as well as oral, written, graphic and manual expression
- Swallowing - this can include esophageal function for the purpose or referral to a medical professional
- Cognitive aspects of communication including attention, memory, problem solving, and executing functions
- Sensory awareness related to communication and swallowing
Gold Star Award
"Dawn Sweesy is a great asset to VCHS in the Acute and ER departments. She represents the core values every shift she works.
Ownership: Dawn takes ownership every shift to ensure that our patients receive the best care. She holds those around her to a standard, and she is an excellent advocate for the patients. As a charge nurse, she keeps the staff working together to provide high quality care.
Compassion: Dawn cares about her coworkers and patients. She has a desire to alleviate suffering and improve the health of every patient she works with.
Integrity: Dawn is great at the hard things. When having a dilemma with patient care, she is available to talk it through with you and help decide what is in the patient’s best interest. She encourages ethical behavior and expects follow through.
Respect: Dawn has an amazing sense of humor and is fun to work with because she treats all patients and coworkers with respect. Dawn’s leadership abilities encourage good working relationships and mutual respect.
Trust: Dawn exemplifies a reliable and responsible coworker. She has a large knowledge base and wealth of experience and is a good teacher. Dawn is available to help when problems arise and exudes trustworthiness with the patients."