URMC Otolaryngology Department Expands
New One-Stop-Care Site for Outpatients
Thursday, March 04, 2004
Technology to see the vibration of your vocal cords or a your child’s inflamed inner ear is among the advances in patient care to be celebrated as University Otolaryngology Associates cuts the ribbon on at its state-of-the-art facilities at 2365 South Clinton Avenue on March 10 at 5 p.m.
Otolaryngology, the specialty that focuses on ear, nose and throat health – also known as ENT – is expanding to accommodate a growing need for easily accessible care in a one-stop setting.
In December, University Otolaryngology Associates and Genesee Valley Otolaryngology merged and relocated, with Strong Health Audiology and Speech Pathology, to the new building to provide comprehensive care in a convenient, easily accessible setting. Eleven physicians, two nurse practitioners, 10 audiologists and two speech pathologists provide the full range of ear, nose and throat services at the new site. With 22 exam rooms, three procedure rooms and four audiology booths, it provides three times the space of the ENT offices previously in the Medical Center.
“Our new office, with its dramatic increase in space, has allowed for the addition of four new faculty who are fellowship-trained subspecialists in pediatric otolaryngology, allergy and sinus, and laryngology,” says Arthur S. Hengerer, MD, professor and chair of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, and acting chair of the Department of Surgery. “These physicians, in addition to the seven current faculty, have new technology in a state-of-the-art facility to meet all patients’ needs.”
New technology complements the range of subspecialty care offered. Upgraded otology equipment includes video imaging so patients can see what their doctor sees during an inner-ear exam or procedure. A new voice lab boasts high-tech tools used to diagnose and treat voice, speech and swallowing problems, in many cases eliminating the need for surgical procedures. Cosmetic surgery facilities include a procedure room where minor outpatient treatments can be performed without admission to a hospital or surgery center.
Services encompass the full array of ear, nose and throat care, including adult and pediatric otolaryngology; allergies, sinus and ear problems; facial plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery; head and neck surgery; larngology/voice; and neurotology, a subspecialty that blends ENT and neurology expertise.
All outpatient audiology and speech pathology care is also provided at the new site. Expanded offices make it easier to accommodate growing numbers of patients who need hearing testing, evaluation and treatment. Speech pathology provides services for speech and language, voice and swallowing.
In addition to its new location, otolaryngology staff is also celebrating their designation as a department of the University of Rochester Medical Center. Previously a division of the Department of Surgery, the shift to department status coincides with the specialty’s continued growth. The move conforms to the national trend; across the country about 70 percent of academic otolaryngology units of similar scope and size are freestanding departments.
“It’s a very important step in recognition of the growth and change within our unit and specialty over the last 20 years,” Hengerer says. “It affords us greater control over our destiny in terms of our success delivering care in this new outpatient facility.”
The new office is easily accessible and offers free parking and comfortable, spacious common and patient areas. To reach University Otolaryngology Associates or Strong Health Audiology and Speech Pathology, call (585) 758-5700.