FMH Interpreting Services provides language accessibility for patients
so they can participate fully in their own healthcare and in the healthcare
of their loved ones.
Staff interpreters provide American Sign Language (ASL), and Spanish interpreting.
We utilize agency interpreters for additional resources and languages.
We also provide telephonic interpreting for over 160 spoken languages
and Video Remote Interpreting (VRI), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to
patients, families for appointments, procedures and hospital stays.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get an interpreter?
When scheduling your hospital appointment or service, please let us know
that you need an interpreter. In the Emergency Department let hospital
staff know you need an interpreter as soon as you arrive.
Is it ok if I use my relative as my interpreter?
We want your friend or family member to be there to support you but not
to act as your interpreter. We have qualified interpreters who are experienced
in medical settings and can be objective and impartial in difficult or
emotional circumstances. If you choose to decline our hospital provided
interpreting resources in lieu of using family/friend, we will ask you
to sign a waiver. Your provider may request the hospital interpreter’s
presence regardless of the signing of this waiver.
How much does it cost to have an interpreter?
There is no cost to the patient or insurance company for FMH interpreting services.