By IVY HERRON
In an effort to provide better services, St. Vincent Clay Hospital is offering a course for people interested in becoming an interpreter to provide services to non- or limited-English speaking patients when they visit the hospital.
Any hospitals or clinics that receive federal funding, such as Medicaid or Medicare, are required to provide free medical interpreters.
"I believe that the most beneficial reason for this class is to help improve the overall health for our community," said Clinical & Community Health Coordinator Andrea Baysinger. She believes that the program is crucial in helping to bridge the language gap some area residents with limited english skills experience when seeking medical assistance.
St. Vincent Clay Hospital currently offers free medical interpreting through use of the Language Line telephone services because of a lack of trained medical interpreters in the area. The aim for St. Vincent Clay Hospital is to have coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week by trained interpreters who have attended the Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter 40-hour course.
To increase the pool of trained interpreters, St. Vincent Clay Hospital, together with the Community Access Program, is offering the Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter course for free.
"The course is very interactive, using group role playing and activities instead of sitting in a class with a book for five days," BTG Program Trainer Disa Jernudd said. She explained that the class teaches interpreters how to be effective at managing conversation flow, medical terminology, cultural awareness and ethics. "It is a very fun class."
The course, the only one like it in the area, meets the requirements of the Health and Human Services Federal mandates as well as Office of Civil Rights guidelines.
The next course is scheduled for May 14, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at St. Vincent Clay Hospital. The only requirement for the course is that participants speak a language other than English fluently and that he or she is willing to volunteer at the hospital five hours as an interpreter upon completion.
NOTE THIS: To register for the Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter 40-hour course, call Reggie Lillie at (317) 338-7309 or contact Clinical &
Community Health Coordinator Andrea Baysinger RN BSN at (812) 442-2740.