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City Proclamation Declares “New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Ear Institute Day”

New York City, NY (February 2008) -- A ribbon-cutting celebration was held on February 25, 2008, to mark the opening of a spacious new facility to house the greatly expanded New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Ear Institute. At the ceremony, Manhattan Borough President, the Honorable Scott Stringer, presented Infirmary CEO and President D. McWilliams Kessler with a proclamation declaring “New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Ear Institute Day.”



(From left) Cutting the ribbon of NY Eye & Ear Infirmary’s Ear Institute are Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, NY City Councilman Robert Jackson, Hearing & Learning Center director Dr. Jane Madell, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Infirmary president D. McWilliams Kessler, Children’s Hearing Institute Chairman Leonard Boxer, and WCBS-TV health reporter Dr. Max Gomez plus children of all ages who successfully had hearing restored with cochlear implants.


New York Congresswoman, Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney, further proclaimed the new facility as a “key medical resource” for New York.

“This large, state-of-the art facility, with over 30 clinical areas and a superlative staff drawn from throughout Metro New York, sets a new standard of comprehensive care for children and adults with hearing loss,” said D. McWilliams Kessler, president and CEO of New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. “It combines ear specialty services from The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Beth Israel Medical Center and The Children’s Hearing Institute.”

“Hearing loss is America’s number one birth defect and a rapidly growing health impairment affecting people of all ages,” said Ronald A. Hoffman, MD, director of the Ear Institute. “The Ear Institute brings together a unique breadth and depth of subspecialty centers to diagnose and treat hearing problems from the common to the most complex.”

(From left) Reading Mayor Bloomberg’s proclamation of New York Eye & Ear Infirmary “Ear Institute Day” are NY City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Infirmary board chairman Peter Frelinghuysen, Infirmary President D. McWilliams Kessler, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

The $2.7 million renovation for specialty Institute, which encompasses 15,150-square feet and the entire 9th floor of 380 Second Avenue, will provide care to approximately 15,000 patients annually.

The Ear Institute’s subspecialty centers include: the Hearing and Learning Center, the Cochlear Implant Center, the Health and Balance Disorders Center and the Vestibular Rehabilitation Center. The Institute’s physician staff includes medical and surgical specialists in otology and neurology, as well as research scientists.

For children, the Institute is distinguished from other hearing centers by its extensive Educator Liaison Program dedicated to assisting children with cochlear implants and/or hearing aids to succeed in mainstream schools. The program serves more than 1,000 children a year in over 100 schools.

Present at the ceremony were a number of children and adults with hearing aids and cochlear implants, several of whom cut the ribbon. Other notable New Yorkers who were present: New York City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, Jane R. Madell, PhD, Director, Ear Institute Hearing and Learning Center; Simon C. Parisier, MD, Founder, The Children’s Hearing Institute; Leonard Boxer, Chairman, The Children’s Hearing Institute; Andrew Tisch, Vice Chairman, The Children’s Hearing Institute.

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