CVMC Nurse Receives Swallowing Disorders Certification


February 7, 2012

Catawba Valley Medical Center Nurse Receives Swallowing Disorders Certification

HICKORY, NC—Catawba Valley Medical Center recognizes Kristen Cline, MA, CCC-SLP, who was recently identified by the Specialty Board on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders as a Board Recognized Specialist (BRS-S). This Board recognizes Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) who have advanced knowledge, skills and experience with swallowing and swallowing disorders. Kristen is only the fifth SLP in North Carolina to achieve BRS-S certification since its development in 1995 by the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

To qualify as a BRS-S, Kristen had to 1) have established a clinical practice specializing in swallowing disorders with a specified minimum number of contact hours per year; 2) have accrued a substantial number of Continuing Education hours in the area of swallowing disorders; and, 3) distinguish herself via research, administration and/or educational accomplishments. This program is becoming the standard for identifying an SLP who is an expert in swallowing disorders.

Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., is a not-for-profit, public healthcare system providing and promoting the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the public in addition to serving as a center for health education, wellness services, preventative medicine and acute care. Located in Hickory, N.C., CVMC has received three Magnet designations from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has been recognized for providing “An Outstanding Inpatient Experience” for a third consecutive year by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, please visit