FHSR adapts to the changing times and strategically steers the organization forward into a new decade. This period also marks the start of a multi-year process to migrate the programs from Michael Reese to Northwestern University.
The Henner Center becomes the David T. Siegel Institute at Michael Reese Hospital and Dr. Henner partners with renowned researcher Lazlo Stein to continue to advance its mission.
The Siegel family offered to build a building at Michael Reese. Michael Resse Hospital requested that a stand-alone clinic be built to house the Henner Center.
The board of friends, family and individuals with hearing loss formally becomes the Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation with the mission to serve all individuals with hearing loss and speech issues, both adult and pediatric.
Establishment of the Robert Henner Hearing and Speech Center at Michael Reese Hospital of Chicago. The Center answered a great need: the organization developed speech and rehabilitation programs and classes for children and adults, most of whom had hearing loss.
Dorothy Meyer, pictured here with Herbert Stern, Jr., and colleague Morton Schamberg started holding lip reading classes in the basement of the Meyer home. Dr. Robert Henner, Otologist, at Michael Reese Hospital had a vision of establishing a clinic to support individuals with hearing loss and speech issues. As a precursor to FHSR, Meyer and Schamberg started a board comprised of their family and friends to start to raise money to see Dr. Henner’s vision become a reality.
In 2020 FHSR expanded the music program to include individual instrument lessons along with classroom and after school music programming in two Chicagoland deaf/hard of hearing schools.
FHSR commemorates the Foundation’s 60th Anniversary by announcing the Music To My Ears Scholarship Program with a series of fundraising events over the next 12 months.