Cases in Jackson County =


Chipola Therapy (Speech Therapy)

Speech Therapy evaluates and treats clients on an inpatient and outpatient basis. This service provides a wide variety of communication and swallowing disorders for all ages associated with:

  • Developmental delay
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Post Tracheotomy
  • Cleft Palate

Who can benefit from Speech Therapy?

  • Feeding/Swallowing Problems
  • Stuttering/Fluency Disorders
  • Voice Disorders
  • Articulation Disorders
  • Language Disorders
  • Cognitive-Linguistic Disorders


  • Swallowing Therapy
  • Aphasia following a stroke
  • Apraxia/Dysarthria following a neurological trauma
  • Cognitive-Linguistic Rehabilitation
  • Voice Disorders
  • Stuttering/Fluency Disorders


Other Services:
  • Modified Barium Swallow Studies

Who performs the test?

The examination is performed by a licensed Speech Language Pathologist who has a Masters Degree and Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech Language Pathology from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed by the state of Florida.

Where does it take place?

Inpatient—Jackson Hospital patient rooms
Outpatient—Jackson Hospital Therapy
4230 Lafayette Street
Suite C
Marianna, FL 32446

How long does it take?


Initial evaluations/Treatment varies upon patient status.


Initial evaluations typically take approximately 1 hour. Treatments typically take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour (time is determined by your therapist).

What can I do to make it a success?

  • Be on time for your scheduled appointment.
  • Make sure to bring a care giver/significant other to relay information or drive you, if necessary.
  • Bring your doctor’s referral, photo ID and all insurance cards when registering for your new evaluation.
  • Bring all medications or a list of your medications you are currently taking.
  • Bring all medical records that pertain to your diagnosis for which you are being seen for, if available.

What should I do before the exam?

No preparation is needed for a Speech Therapy Evaluation. For a Modified Barium Swallow, no preparation is needed.

What happens during the exam?

The speech language pathologist will assess your diagnosis with skilled observations, standardized speech testing and patient report. The therapist will then form a plan of care based on the findings of your evaluation and develop long term and short term goals. The therapist will educate the patient on a home exercise program. This is recommended to help carry out the plan of care and achieve the goals as determined by your therapist/patient.

What happens after the exam?

The speech language pathologist will determine the number of necessary treatments and frequency based on your prescription from your doctor. The patient will then have the opportunity to schedule follow up treatment with our staff.

It is necessary to show functional gains with any therapy program in order for your payer source (insurance) to cover your speech therapy services. Compliance with all treatments, home exercise programs and visits is vital part to making your speech therapy program a success.

You cannot receive outpatient speech therapy services and home health services at the same time.

Contact Information:

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:00pm (CST)
Physical Therapy Department: (850) 526-1093
Fax Number: (850) 526-1803

Contact Us

Office Hours
Monday – Thursday
8:00am – 4:30pm

Hospital (main operator)
(850) 526-2200

Surgery Department
(850) 718-2540

Surgery Waiting Room
(850) 718-3052

(850) 718-2554

Surgery fax
(850) 718-2680/2681