Video remote interpreting will immediately connect clinicians and patients to medically qualified interpreters at the touch of the button
SEATTLE, August 9, 2018 /PRWeb/ —In honor of National Health Center Week, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center announced a new partnership with InDemand Interpreting, a technology-enabled medical interpreting company, to ensure every patient has immediate access to medically qualified and culturally competent interpreters. Known for providing linguistically and culturally-appropriate care to more than 23,000 patients each year in 38 different languages, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center embodies the vision of high quality, compassionate, affordable healthcare for all. The implementation of InDemand video remote interpreting (VRI) will enable the health center to better support patient and provider communication.
With a vision to ensure every patient receives the highest quality healthcare, regardless of language, cultural background or disability, InDemand partners with healthcare organizations nationwide to bridge the communication gap between limited English proficient (LEP), Deaf and hard of hearing patients (HOH) and their clinicians. Using VRI, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center clinicians will be able to immediately connect to medically qualified interpreters in more than 200 languages, including American Sign Language (ASL) and Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDIs).
Founded by the first board-certified, African-American OB/GYN, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center has a rich history in Kansas City. Celebrating its 50thanniversary this year, the health center is a safety-net provider with five locations around the metro area, as well as multiple in-school clinics, and has been a fixture in downtown since its launch during the Civil Rights Movement.
“For more than 50 years, our mission has been to provide high quality, compassionate and affordable health care to all, and we deliver universal compassion with cultural competence to everyone who walks through our doors.” Said Bob Theis, Acting CEO, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center. “We selected InDemand as our partner in language services because we share the same vision and believe that InDemand’s VRI will enhance the effectiveness of communication between our providers and patients that require language services.”
“We are honored to partner with Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, one of the first health centers in the nation, and we are committed to supporting their mission to provide high quality, compassionate and affordable health care for all,” said Cecil Kost, InDemand Interpreting Chairman and CEO.
InDemand Interpreting VRI devices will be available throughout the health center beginning Sept. 1, connecting patients and providers to medically qualified interpreters at the touch of a button. To learn more about the new VRI program, the health center is hosting a special event on Wednesday, Aug. 15 to unveil the language services program and to educate the community about the new options available to them.
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center will be hosting several events to commemorate National Health Week, including:
- Monday, Aug. 13– Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, the former two-term Mayor of Kansas City, will visit the downtown campus to kick-off National Health Center Week in the place it all began with public comments about the impact the health center has had on the community.
- Wednesday, Aug. 15– Introduction to VRI: Acting CEO Bob Theis will provide an overview of the new language services option and several providers will be available to discuss how VRI will impact patient care. VRI devices will be available for demonstrations. Local officials, civic leaders, community members and patients are encouraged to attend to learn about the new language services option.
- Friday, Aug. 17– Founders Day Celebration at the downtown campus will include an official unveiling of the newly-renamed Samuel U. Rodgers Avenue and a ribbon-cutting for Wayne Miner Community Room, including full color guard, presenters, speakers from the local government, refreshments and health center tours.
About Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center has been a leader in providing quality health care in the Kansas City area since 1968. A nonprofit community health center, our experienced and dedicated team of board-certified physicians, nurses, therapists and support staff provided medical, dental and behavioral health services to more than 23,000 patients in 38 different languages in 2017. Those patients span in age from infants, children and teens, to adults and seniors, who rely on us to meet their health care needs. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary year, we continue our efforts to make Dr. Rodgers’ vision of high quality, compassionate, affordable health care for all a reality.
About InDemand Interpreting
InDemand Interpreting was founded in 2007 with the vision of ensuring that every patient receives the highest quality healthcare, regardless of language, cultural background or disability. By delivering the most experienced medical interpreters and highest quality video technology InDemand Interpreting provides doctors, nurses and clinicians the language access they need to provide the best possible care. Visit InDemand at medical interpreter