Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust Awards Center $20,000 to Support Audiology Programs


Episcopal Presbyterian

 Health Trust


Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust (EPHT) has awarded $20,000 to support the Center’s audiology programs this year.

With the funds received from this grant, the Center will expand the current schedule of opening at the Grace Hill audiology clinic from one day a week to two days a week. This will allow clients living in north St. Louis City to have access to caring audiologists and state-of-the-art audiology services in a more convenient and timely manner.

Better hearing ability will enable clients to rejoin conversations with family and friends, communicate with healthcare providers, thrive in the workplace or school, reduce feelings of isolation and improve their overall health and well-being.

“We are grateful to the Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust that will allow us to continue to diagnose and treat hearing loss in the city of St. Louis,” said Dr. Rebecca Frazier, Center’s chief audiologist.  “These funds make the gift of hearing affordable, thereby enriching our patients’ familial and professional lives.”

The Center’s current audiology program originally began with EPHT funding and a partnership with Affinia (formerly Grace Hill) Neighborhood Health Centers. The Center’s current strategic plan identifies North St. Louis City as our top priority community with unmet needs related to audiology and speech pathology. In recent years, the Center collaborated with Grace Hill to increase access to care for low-income clients. In 2010, Grace Hill agreed to provide diagnostic and speech therapy services in two child development centers located in O’Fallon and Soulard.

Affinia Neighborhood Health Centers are federally-qualified health centers that provide low-cost, primary and preventative health care to primarily low-income and uninsured residents living in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County. Affinia health centers serve a growing caseload of low-income, mainly African-American individuals who frequently request audiology services, previously unavailable to them.

Thanks to the awarding of a generous grant by EPHT in 2013, the Center was asked to offer audiology services to under and uninsured senior citizens  at a Grace Hill facility in north St. Louis City. Another grant enabled the Center to offer these programs to all children and adults one day a week. With this most recent funding, the Center will expand its current opening schedule to two days a week. The Grace Hill/Center partnership site serves more than 12,000 children, adults, and seniors.

The partnership with Affinia is just one of many relationships that the Center has had for many years with a variety of St. Louis-based health-related organizations that assist senior citizens, adults and children.

The purpose of the EPHT is to provide health care and medical services to indigent people, primarily those who live in the City of St. Louis, Missouri, or immediately adjacent areas. The Trust makes responsive grants based on requests from area health care providers seeking critical dollars to expand services, model new approaches to health care delivery or to build collaborations. The Trust is stewarded by volunteer leadership from both the Episcopal and Presbyterian faiths and is administered by the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation. For more about EPHT, visit www.epht.org or call 314-880-4961.

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3  non-profit organization that donates $1.75 million in speech-language, school screening and audiology services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis and surrounding communities. It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) 2014 TORCH Award. The award is given to charities and businesses that “demonstrate a commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices,” according to the BBB.

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