It is the policy of Washington County Hospital and Clinics (WCHC) to assist any patient who has an identified special need including, but not limited to:
- Hearing impairment
- Vision impairment
- Speech impairment
- Manual impairment
- Language barrier compromising proper communication.
All patients have the right to free auxiliary aids, competent written translation, and oral interpretation. WCHC is committed to ensuring individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, have speech or manual impairment, and individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) have meaningful, accurate, and equal access to services, activities, programs, and benefits.
Please notify WCHC staff if auxiliary aids or other service accommodations are necessary.
At WCHC, interpreters are available at no cost to the patient. Our interpreters will assist with communication between the healthcare providers, patients, and their families whose primary language is not English. Patients should indicate if they need an interpreter when requesting an appointment or upon arrival to the hospital. Language assistance may be provided through a telephone service if an interpreter is unavailable in person.
Services for patients with hearing impairments
Sign language interpreter services are available to our patients with hearing impairments at no cost to you! If you need this service, please notify staff when requesting an appointment or upon arrival. Interpreter services are provided through a video remote interpreting (VRI) service.
A text telephone (TTY) is also available for patients with hearing impairments. Please notify staff of your interest in using a TTY.
If you have any questions about auxiliary aids or interpreter services, please contact the Compliance Office at 319-863-3904
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