doc martens usa Central Washington hospital chain reaches settlement after ADA complaint
Department of Justice after a deaf blind man said one of its Yakima clinics repeatedly failed to provide a qualified interpreter. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington.
“The deaf blind individual alleged that, for approximately four months, he did not receive care because he was unable to communicate effectively with his treatment providers concerning his chronic health conditions, which . could result in potentially life threatening complications if not properly managed,” according to the release. Attorney’s investigation and, within days, took steps to ensure the man received a qualified interpreter at his next visit,
according to the release.
Under the settlement, Astria will work to ensure the American with Disabilities Act is followed at each of its 34 Central Washington hospitals and clinics, including the appointment of a point person to train staff on ADA requirements and contract with interpreters.
Under the ADA, hospitals must provide “communication aids,” including providing qualified sign language interpreters, exchanging written notes and other means of communication.
At the time of the incidents, the clinic was known as NOV/A Health and owned by Regional Health,
which was rebranded last fall as Astria Health. The clinic’s name was changed to Astria Health Center.