URI, South County Hospital
to provide increased access to audiology screenings
Program will benefit South
KINGSTON, R.I. -- July 16, 1999--The University
of Rhode Island and South County Hospital have signed a partnership agreement
that will initially allow URI to provide audiology screening and evaluation
to the hospital's Occupational Health Program.
The agreement was signed earlier this spring by
URI President Robert L. Carothers and hospital President and Chief Executive
Officer Patrick Muldoon in ceremonies at the URI Speech and Hearing Clinic
at the Kingston Campus.
This is the second such partnership between the
hospital and the University. The hospital and URI's Center for Vector Borne
Disease are now in the second year of a collaboration to fight such illnesses
as Lyme disease.
"We are delighted to initiate this new level
of collaboration with URI," Muldoon said. "South County Hospital's
Occupational Health Program serves more than 150 Southern Rhode Island employers,
a number of whom will benefit directly from increased access to audiology
screening and evaluation and service. This is an exciting opportunity to
join with URI to better address our community's needs."
Lee Ann Quinn, manager of Occupational Health Services
at South County Hospital, and Jay Singer, URI associate professor and chair
of the Department of Communicative Disorders, are already working to provide
audiology services to the hospital's occupational health program clients.
"The University of Rhode Island has a long
history of providing educational, research, and service outreach to a wide
range of health and human service community agencies," Carothers said.
"The association between the academic community and a major health
care provider will benefit both institutions."
Carothers said URI faculty and students, in a variety
of health and human services programs, can maximize educational research
benefits while patient, clinical and administrative programs at South County
Hospital can be enhanced through the partnership.
Singer said he expects a productive collaboration.
"The Department of Communicative Disorders of the University of Rhode
Island will work diligently with South County Hospital to serve the educational
and outreach mission of the University while providing expert audiologic
care to hearing impaired members of the Southern Rhode Island community."
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