Hackensack Meridian JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute Speech Clinical Director Wins Top Honors

(Edison, NJ – May 12, 2022) – The clinical director of speech at the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute at Hackensack Meridian is the 2022 recipient of the Association of New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association Honors, the highest honor in the organization.

Kristie R. Soriano, MS/CCC-SLP, was honored for her significant contributions to the professions of speech-language pathology and/or audiology. Soriano is committed to training future and current professionals, volunteering to support the profession, and conducting critical research.

“I am honored to be the recipient of this award at this stage in my career. I am lucky that my vocation is my hobby: I love my job as a speech therapist! said Soriano, who joined JFK Johnson in 1984.

Soriano earned a master of science degree in 1982 from Boston University and started his first job in 1982 at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. She joined JFK Johnson in 1984, where she served as personnel supervisor, then outpatient speech-language pathology manager and clinical director of speech-language pathology.

In his current position, Soriano develops outpatient programs, coordinates performance enhancement and research projects, and has supervised clinical fellows and experienced speech-language pathologists for 38 years. Kristie is the Educational Liaison for the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, where she schedules annual conferences and supervises and places more than 25 students each year in speech-language pathology and audiology programs from New Jersey and the rest of the country.

She is an Adjunct Professor at the Nathan Weiss Graduate School at Kean University, where she has taught Clinics 1 and 2 since 2007, training over 100 graduate speech-language pathologists.

All applicants must be members of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association for at least 10 years with significant and ongoing leadership roles. The price is approved by the board of directors. Soriano served on the association’s board of directors from 1996 to 2022. Since 2015, she has served on the association’s board of directors.

About Hackensack Meridian JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute:

Named one of the nation’s top 30 rehabilitation hospitals by US News and World Report, the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute is a 94-bed facility in Edison, New Jersey that offers the most comprehensive rehabilitation services in the state to restore function and quality of life of those with a physical impairment or disability. For nearly 50 years, JFK Johnson has served children and adults in the tri-state area – and has developed programs in specialties such as brain injury, stroke rehabilitation, orthopedics/musculoskeletal and sports injuries, cardiac rehabilitation, pediatrics and prosthetics and orthotics. The JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute is part of the Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, which also includes the Johnson Rehabilitation Institute at Ocean University Medical Center and the Johnson Rehabilitation Institute at Riverview Medical Center. Each rehabilitation hospital brings together highly specialized physicians and professionals with the goal of “advancing what is possible” for each patient. The JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute also partners with the St. Joseph’s Health Acute Rehabilitation Unit at St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center in Wayne, New Jersey. The JFK Johnson Institute for Rehabilitation serves as the physical medicine and rehabilitation department of Hackensack Meridian Medical School and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. To learn more, visit JFKJohnson.org.

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