Speech Therapy

Speech therapy aids communication

The goal of speech therapy is safe swallow, clear communication and cognition

Speech Therapy involves a variety of methods to improve the ability to communicate after an accident, stroke, or other debilitating condition. Speech therapists also work with people who have trouble swallowing following a stroke or condition that has limited the ability to swallow.

Communications include speech and language — both receptive and expressive language — including reading and writing and non-verbal communication such as facial expressions, posture and gesture.

Swallowing problems managed through speech therapy are problems in the oral and pharyngeal stages of swallowing.

Speech therapy is available for patients who have been admitted to the hospital in the Medical/Surgical Unit or the Transitional Care Unit. Speech therapy is also available in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic located near the Emergency Room entrance and through the Home Health Department.



Rehabilitation Services
3100 Tongass Ave.
Ketchikan AK 99901
Phone: (907) 228-7655
Email: jkolanko@peacehealth.org


Jennifer Kolanko, Rehabilitation Services Manager

Office Hours:

Monday through Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.