Better Speech and Hearing Month Feature: Anna Way, CCC-SLP
Anna Way, CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist at Yalobusha General Hospital and Nursing Home in Water Valley, Mississippi. She graduated from Cleveland High School and went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Mississippi. She completed her graduate degree from Jackson State University.
Anna’s favorite patients to treat are those suffering from dysphagia because of the fulfilling life change she can help them achieve through therapy. Whether her patients are having swallowing difficulties due to a stroke, cancer, or degenerative neurological conditions, it brings Anna joy to help her patients get back to eating their favorite foods - like french fries!
Anna’s more challenging cases lately have been geriatric post-COVID patients. Because of the way the virus attacks the nervous system, many patients have very specific and diversified complications ranging from cognitive, swallowing impairments, and even psychological changes. In a field where face-to-face communication is so integral, helping patients while fully masked and in personal protection equipment was the largest challenge so far in Anna’s career.
We want to sincerely thank all of our therapists at Mid South Rehab, specifically our speech therapists. Speech therapy is all about communication, and it requires a level of closeness that is of paramount importance. We appreciate the incredible work of our speech therapists like Anna who have found a way to share their skills with love and help patients live and do so comfortably and safely.