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New Speech Therapist for Children at Newport Hospital

By Tricia Schug

Speech-Language Pathologist Anna Hart has joined the Rehabilitation Services Department of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH). She specializes in working with children from infancy to adolescence.

As a speech-language pathologist, Hart works with kids on communications disorders, speech impairments dealing with the mechanics of speech and language impairments. Additionally, she works with other problems related to the mouth, throat and brain, such as swallowing and feeding.

She and her husband, Christopher Hart, a physician assistant who works at the Samaritan Depoe Bay Clinic, and their two children, recently moved to the area from Utah, where she worked at a preschool.

She looks forward to beginning her practice in Newport.

“I’m excited to work with all ages of kids, helping them grow and build their communication and speech skills for a lifetime,” Hart said. “I love the process of seeing a child grow and reach their goals and how that milestone affects their family in positive ways.”

Jennifer Miller, manager of the Rehabilitation Services Department at SPCH, is happy to have Hart on board.

“We are so pleased to have Anna join our team here. With her arrival, Jeff Norling, also a speech-language pathologist, can focus exclusively on adults, while Anna will work with pediatrics patients,” Miller said. “We know there is a great need within the community for speech therapy for kids, and we are happy to be able to help.”

At present, Hart will work one day a week in the department, which recently relocated to expanded space inside the SamFit building at 1111 SW 10th Street in Newport.
She can be reached at 541-574-7300.