Speech and Swallowing

Our Speech and Swallowing Program provides evaluation and treatment for individuals having difficulty with speech, voice, language, thinking skills and swallowing. Our services are available both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. St. Joseph Hospital offers an innovative therapy to patients suffering from a dysphagia, a swallowing disorder. VitalStim™ Therapy results in dramatic improvements in lifestyle, as well as significant cost saving compared to traditional treatments. VitalStim™ Therapy is a non-invasive, painless treatment that uses controlled muscles of the throat used in swallowing. The treatment, the only one of its kind approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is prescribed by a doctor and administered by a speech-language pathologist who has received training and certification in VitalStim™ Therapy.

Using VitalStim™ to activate key swallowing muscles allows clinicians to implement an active regimen of therapy to create or re-learn functional muscle use patterns necessary to initiate or re-establish swallowing.

Treatment sessions are approximately 30-60 minutes. When appropriate, speech and swallowing therapy is incorporated into the St. Joseph Hospital Neurological Program.


Speech and Swallowing Therapy: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please call to verify hours as they are subject to change. 714-771-8222.