About Us In the Department of Speech Pathology (a division of the Department of Otolaryngology) the role of the speech-language pathologist is to assess communication and swallowing impairments, diagnose the severity of the problems, and implement a treatment plan to help individuals regain as much of their communication and swallowing skills as possible. Innovative and comprehensive diagnostic, rehabilitative, and counseling services are made available to patients who suffer from speech, language, cognition, and/or swallowing impairments. Treatment modalities may include individual therapy, computer-assisted treatment, and augmented communication assistance training. Located near the River Campus of the University of Rochester, our 800-bed facility offers patient/resident focused clinical, nursing, and rehabilitative care necessary to address the medical, physical, and social needs of patients/residents. We emphasize a clinical program that focuses on assisting patients/residents to achieve their highest level of functioning. Over the past 35 years, the Department of Speech Pathology has earned a well-deserved reputation as a provider of excellent care and treatment, delivered by outstanding medical and nursing staff, in a healing environment. Mission Strong Memorial Hospital's Department of Speech Pathology is a comprehensive care center committed to providing high-quality medical, rehabilitative, and long-term care to all Upstate and Western New York residents without regard to source of payment. Vision Strong Memorial Hospital's Department of Speech Pathology will serve as a national leader in acute and sub-acute care with centers of excellence in the area of geriatrics, rehabilitation, and ventilator-dependence, as well as outpatient evaluations and treatments for head and neck cancers.