Interpreter and Hearing-Impaired Services
Trained and qualified interpreters increase patient safety and satisfaction. We can also increase the therapeutic relationship between patient and provider and take a little fear out of the hospitalization. – Cecilia AbbeyInterpreter Services
About interpretive services
Our goal in interpretive services is to ensure our patients have equal access to "goods and services" for our Limited English Proficiency (LEP) population and, at all times, remain in compliance with the laws governing the provision of interpreting/translating services. We also, when appropriate, educate staff, patients and community as to the role and function of interpreters and the importance of using professional interpreters instead of family members, friends or untrained persons.
Ongoing training is provided for our interpreters as well as language classes for staff and community. In addition, we monitor the use and condition of equipment used by persons with hearing impairments, including teletypewriters, 1-to-1 communicators and voice amplification devices. These devices are available 24 hours a day.
We are committed to recognizing your right to understand all issues related to your healthcare. We facilitate this commitment by providing unbiased, accurate interpretation/translation services. This way, you may actively participate in decision-making relating to your own care.