The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Rings NYSE Opening Bell to Highlight Vision and Hearing Awareness

New York, NY (February 2008) -- Executives and guests from The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary visited the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, February 15, to herald Low Vision Awareness Month and celebrate the February 25th opening of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Ear Institute, a critical new addition to the resources for comprehensive diagnostic and treatment for children and adults in the tri-state area challenged by hearing loss.

In honor of this occasion, D. Mc Williams Kessler, President and CEO of New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, rang The Opening Bell.

NYEE Rings NYSE Opening Bell to Highlight Vision and Hearing Awareness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Present on the podium were (from left): Lawrence Liebowitz, Chief Operating Officer NYSE Euronext; Ronald A. Hoffman, MD, Professor and Director, Ear Institute; Steven D. Schaefer, MD, Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology; D. McWilliams Kessler, President & CEO, New York Eye and Ear; Daniel Tandy, Senior Managing Director, Prime Executions, Inc.; Joseph B. Walsh, MD, Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology; and Simon C. Parisier, MD, founder of the Children’s Hearing Institute.

February’s Low Vision Awareness Month underscores the importance of eye screening for children and adults. Blindness or low vision affects 3.3 million Americans age 40 and over, or one in almost 25 and this number is projected to reach 5.5 million by the year 2020 as our population ages. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is one of the country’s leading providers of annual comprehensive eye examinations in preventing and/or delaying eye disease.

On February 25 a celebrity Ribbon Cutting Celebration marks the official opening of The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Ear Institute, a critical new addition to the New York tri-state in terms of comprehensive diagnostic and treatment resources for children and adults challenged by hearing loss. Hearing loss is America’s number one birth defect and a rapidly growing health impairment affecting people of all ages. Thousands of New York tri-state kids and teens with hearing impairment need assistance to succeed in mainstream schools and to attain their life dreams.

The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, founded in 1820 and located on 14th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan, is the oldest specialty hospital in the Western Hemisphere and a recognized leader in treatment, research and education in Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. New York Eye and Ear performs more than 25,000 surgical procedures per year and sees approximately 165,000 outpatient visits annually in one of the nation’s most extensive systems of eye, ear, nose and throat clinics.

After the event, the Bell Ringing can be viewed at an archived link.

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