TRANSLATING CARE

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FYI: Two Brooklyn hospitals, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, have reached an agreement with the state attorney general’s office to provide a host of beefed up language assistance and translation services for their patients. The attorney general began investigating the hospitals last spring following complaints from Make the Road by Walking that they were endangering patients by providing inadequate language assistance. According to Census data, nearly 75,000 people living near the two hospitals speak little or no English. The city’s Emergency Room Law requires hospitals to provide translators for any language spoken by more than 10 percent of their service populations. [2/28/03]