CENTRAL FLORIDA SPEECH AND HEARING CENTER INTRODUCES 2020 MR. CENTRAL FLORIDA, LT. JIM OSTOJIC Lakeland, FL
On October 29th, Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center held its 8th annual Mr. Central Florida, sponsored by The Ruthvens. It was the first livestreamed event, where guests could watch from the comfort of their home or their cars at the Silver Moon Drive In. This year, 21 men competed for the title by seeking votes to raise money for the Center. The competition was fierce, but all in good fun, raising more money than ever before.
The 2020 Mr. Central Florida winner was Lt. Jim Ostojic, representing the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Jim shattered past records and raised over $83,000. For most of the competition, he had two contestants that were neck in neck. In the end, Jim pulled from the pack and took the title home!
Tony Corrao, representing CPS Investment Advisors, also broke the top fundraising record, raising over $55,000. Although in 3rd place, Tom Lloyd, representing Bank of Central Florida, still raised an astonishing $34,000.
Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center and the patients we serve are thankful beyond words for every single contestant, the planning committee, the volunteers, and our community who opened their hearts to make sure that we can continue to provide the human connection – communication.
The money raised by these men will provide speech, language, and hearing care for children and adults in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands County.
The Center was awarded an EmpowerPolk Grant from the GiveWell Community Foundation for our POP (Patient Organization Productivity) program. This grant allows us to upgrade our existing patient management software and serve our patients more effectively. We will be able to schedule appointments quicker, generate important data, manage marketing efforts, communicate in different ways, and access information easier.
We are so grateful for the GiveWell Community Foundation and their support of this program!
Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center is slowly opening up to accommodate our patients’ needs. Currently, we are providing the following services:
In-Center Audiology services: hearing aid tests and hearing aids, as well as cleanings, troubleshooting, and supplies.
Curbside Audiology services: hearing aid cleanings, troubleshooting, and supplies.
Speech-Language services: Speech-Language Pathologists are now providing Teletherapy services.
Evaluations and some in-Center therapy services are being provided.
We are now accepting physician referrals for both departments.
FTRI (free phone program): distribution in-Center by appointment only.
All services require an appointment. Our current hours are:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center is reducing business hours. Please call prior to coming in for services.
Speech-Language Therapy will be conducted via tele-health and your speech-language pathologist will be calling you.
Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center is open, but the health and safety of our patients and employees is of utmost importance. True to our mission, we are working hard to make sure that we continue to serve our patients and community in the safest way possible.
Here are some notable announcements:
If you or your child are receiving speech-language services, your therapist will be contacting you.
Audiology patients will be seen. We are taking all necessary safety precautions.
For audiology walk-in clinic, please call prior to coming in as we may be able to help you remotely. We will be available via phone (during the hours of 10:00- 11:30AM, 2:00-3:00 PM) to assist you and save a trip to the office.
All outside meetings held in the Ruthven Family Community Room are suspended until further notice.
FTRI outreach events are cancelled but appointments to come into the Center can be made.
Please remember, if you or your child are sick, please call our office (863-686-3189) to reschedule your appointment.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, schools around the nation are closed and some parents are keeping their children home from speech-language therapy. Our Speech-Language Pathologists have put together a list of resources that can be used at home. Many of these links include free opportunities for practicing and learning at home!
Look out the window or venture outside – keep notes of what you hear, smell, and see: birds, flowers, changes in the weather, what else?
Make a puppet (think-old socks)
Create a puppet show and perform it for your family.
Things that make you happy, people in your family, things you love to eat, activities you like to do, etc. (verbally or written)
“Letter of the Day”
Each day pick a letter. Go around your house and find items that begin with that letter. Older Kids – Practice spelling them and using the word in a sentence. Play ‘I Spy’ – works on vocabulary, wh questions, adjectives, etc
Play ‘I Spy’
Works on vocabulary, wh questions, adjectives, etc.
The Kiwanis Club of Lakeland has selected the Center to receive a grant for iPads in our Speech-Language Pathology Department. Our seven speech-language pathologists use iPads regularly in our speech-language therapy sessions for a number of reasons. The children of today are growing up as “digital natives” as technology has been a part of their lives from day one. For them, the iPad is familiar technology so they take to it naturally. In some cases, we are able to present new/different information to patients and in other cases, we are presenting the same materials we have previously used but are able to present them in a new way that keeps our patients engaged and motivated.
Thank you, Kiwanis for your amazing support of the Center and our patients!
We are thrilled to announce the 2019 Mr. Central Florida winner, Jim Sidou of Saddle Creek Logistics Services! Jim raised over $38,000 for the Center, well exceeding the $5,000 goal set for the contestants. Runners up for the titles were Don Bosko of Beef ‘O’ Brady’s and Trey Chapman of Lakeland Volkswagen. Both also raised over $30,000. 8 additional contestants raised over $5,000 each. This year’s event was yet another record breaking year!
Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center has been awarded the 2019 Innovation in the Health Care System grant from Florida Blue Foundation. The 3-year grant supports the Center’s C.A.R.E. program, an extension of the existing Audiology for Seniors program.
C.A.R.E. (Communication Access for Restricted Elders) provides seniors in our community, not only with audiology care, but with transportation and the opportunity to interact with others. The program implements a Vocational Rehabilitation course, which provides patients with both information and socialization. The program will begin in January and will feature partnerships with neighboring organizations such as VISTE, LVIM, Independent Living Organizations, and Senior Resource Centers.