Immigrant Community Leaders and Major Hospital Announce Landmark Initiative to Improve Access to Health Care for Non-English Speakers
Contact: Theo Oshiro, 718-418-7651 x218 or 347-806-0125 (English or Spanish),Andrew Friedman, 718-418-7690 x206 or 718-809-7158 (English or Spanish), Nisha Agarwal, 212-244-4664 x353, Jim Mandler, Continuum Health Partners, 212-523-7771
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 6th, 2008
Immigrant community leaders and major hospital announce landmark initiative to improve access to health care for non-English speakers.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF A NEW LANGUAGE ACCESS POLICY AT BETH ISRAEL, ST. LUKE'S, ROOSEVELT, LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL AND THE NEW EYE & EAR INFIRMARY IS THE FIRST JOINTLY-DEVELOPED INTIATIVE SINCE THE NYS DEPT. OF HEALTH STRENGTHENED REGULATIONS REQUIRING LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES IN LATE 2006
IMMIGRANT PATIENTS AND TOP HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATORS JOIN HANDS IN FIRST COLLABORATIVE EFFORT OF ITS KIND BETWEEN HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND CONSUMERS IN NEW YORK
WHAT: Press conference featuring senior hospital administrators and immigrant patients describing new language access policy and unique collaborative efforts to reduce language barriers in the provision of medical services.
WHEN: Thursday, February 7th, 2008 at 11am.
WHERE: Beth Israel Hospital Board Room, Second Floor Administration Suite
(Enter via Emergency Room entrance ramp on East 16th Street between First Avenue and Stuyvesant Park in Manhattan)
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