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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 11/30/01
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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College of Allied Health Sciences Establishes Bahmann Center

Cincinnati--Through the generosity of the Bahmann Foundation, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences has established The Bahmann Center for Assistive Devices. Named in memory of twin sisters, Laura Belle and Emma Leah Bahmann who are both UC alumni, the center provides hearing impaired individuals with information about and access to a variety of devices that may be used for listening, alerting and telecommunication needs.

The center is housed in the Hastings L. and William A. French Building on the Medical Center campus, to provide educational services to the community and serve as a learning site for students. Funded by the Bahmann Foundation, the center allows a person to try state-of-the-art devices in a simulated home environment to determine the benefit of using any instrument with or without a hearing aid.

"The center has academic and research potential as well," said Kenneth Donnelly, professor emeritus of CAHS and curator of the facility. "Very advanced electronic and computer capabilities are incorporated in the design."

The department held a formal dedication of the center last month in which a portrait of the Bahmann sisters was unveiled. Joseph Steger, PhD, president of the university, Donald Harrison, MD, senior vice-president and provost for health affairs and Andrea Lindell, DNS, dean of the College of Nursing and interim dean of the CAHS, expressed the appreciation of the University, the Medical Center and the CAHS for the foundation's generous gift. Members of the professional community of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists also participated in the events.

"We are very thankful for the wonderful support and collaboration of the Bahmann Foundation," Lindell said. "We hope to continue the relationship for many years into the future."

John Gatch, the foundation's director, said he was more than pleased with participating in the establishment of the center. The lives of Emma Leah and Laura Belle Bahmann spanned most of the twentieth century. Through their estate, they left a generous legacy which established the Bahmann Foundation. Many of its programs are designed to benefit the hearing-impaired elderly who live in nonprofit institutions.

Information about programs at The Bahmann Center may be obtained by contacting Donnelly at (513) 558-0335.

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