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American Association of Eye & Ear Hospitals Presents 25th Anniversary Plaque to New York Eye & Ear Infirmary

Attending the presentation were J. Robert Rosenthal MD, FACS, chief medical officer, NYEE, and an AAEEH board member; D. McWilliams Kessler, president of NYEE and a past president of AAEEH; and Robert Betz, PhD, AAEEH executive director.New York, NY (April 22, 2009) – The American Association of Eye and Ear Hospitals (AAEEH) presented a bronze plaque to commemorate the 25th year of the founding of the Association at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1983. 

Photo: Attending the presentation were J. Robert Rosenthal MD, FACS, chief medical officer, NYEE, and an AAEEH board member; D. McWilliams Kessler, president of NYEE and a past president of AAEEH; and Robert Betz, PhD, AAEEH executive director.

The plaque and presentation to New York Eye and Ear Infirmary was the result of a unanimous vote of the membership held during the AAEEH Annual Meeting.  The language of the plaque is:

“In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the American Association of Eye and Ear Hospitals (AAEEH) at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1983.

The Centers of Excellence that compose the AAEEH have a unique mission.  Because of them, a blind person talks about seeing again.  Because of them, sounds are for the first time heard.

It must never be forgotten that what these institutions do for the patients they serve, is because of the miracle of medical progress - yielded in the hands of dedicated men and women.”

As witnesses, the names of the President of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, D. McWilliams Kessler, the 2007-08 AAEEH Chairman, Richard Thomas, along with the AAEEH Executive Director were included on the plaque.  Attending the presentation was J. Robert Rosenthal MD, FACS Senior Vice-President for Medical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and an AAEEH Board Member.

Robert Betz, PhD, the AAEEH Executive Director, said “The wording of the 25th Anniversary plaque, that now prominently hangs at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, honors all the AAEEH member facilities.  It is a testament to the impact these institutions continue to have on the patients they serve.”

American Association of Eye and Ear Hospitals members are major referral centers, offer some of the most innovative teaching programs in the world, and routinely treat the most severely ill eye and ear patients. The mission of these specialty institutions requires them to maintain leading edge technologies, enabling them to provide highly specialized services not available in general acute care hospitals.

The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, founded in 1820 and the first specialty hospital in the United States, is a teaching affiliate of the New York Medical College and member of Continuum Health Partners.  NYEE handles approximately 224,500 outpatient visits and performs over 25,000 surgical procedures per year.  It has one of the nation’s most extensive networks of eye, ear, nose and throat services.

Media Information

Robert Betz, Ph.D, Executive Director, American Association of Eye & Ear Hospitals  P:  703.243.8848  E:  rbetz@robertbetz.com

Jean Thomas, Director of Public Affairs, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary  P: 212.979.4274   E: jthomas@nyee.edu

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