Updated: 12/03/2013 10:14 pm
Warm Springs Specialty Hospital of Victoria was recognized as a "Passy Muir Center of Excellence" Tuesday.
Warm Springs is now one of eight hospitals in the U.S. to receive this title.
The eight month long application process increased education among staff to implement a new valve technique that allows patients with artificial airways to be able to communicate. Without the valve, they are not able to talk with nurses or family.