In Loving Memory of Joe P. Ruthven

Friends of the Center,

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Joe P. Ruthven, a longtime supporter and great friend of the Center. Joe P. was an asset, patron, and leader in the Lakeland community.

The Ruthven Family has been involved with the Center for many years, with Joe P. starting the family tradition by agreeing to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. He had continued to support the Board in an advisory capacity, providing advice and support for the Center, both directly and through United Way. He was always available to answer questions and steer us in the right direction. His numerous contributions made to the Center purchased needed equipment and services for many of our patients.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Joe P. and the Ruthven family for all the support that they have given the Center since it started many years ago. We hope they know how much their friendship and caring has meant to the Board, the staff and to the patients we serve. His legacy will live on and his support will be remembered in years to come, as the Center helps more people communicate better.

To read Joe P.’s obituary, visit


Thank you, Kiwanis!

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.

Senior Speech-Language Pathologist, Amy Tyner accepts a grant from The Lakeland Kiwanis Club on behalf of the Center.

Thank you, Kiwanis for your amazing support of the Center and our patients!


Congratulations, 2019 Mr. Central Florida!

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!

Jim Sidou, 2019 Mr. Central Florida
Trey Chapman with campaign manager Jared Diveley of Lakeland VW.
Don Bosko wowed the crowd with his performance as the King of Rock and Roll.

CFSHC awarded Florida Blue Grant

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.


Best of Central Florida!

We are so excited to announce that we are the Best of Central Florida Hearing Aid Center for the 4th year in a row!

Dr. Katie Nail took first place as Best Audiologist and Dr. Shaila Perez was right behind her in second place!

Thanks to everyone who voted for us! Your support is astounding and we love you!