MedStar Harbor Hospital is committed to ensuring that all patients are able to enjoy full and equal access to all of our facilities, services, and equipment, regardless of disability.
The following are services and accommodations available to MedStar Harbor Hospital patients and guests:
This hospital maintains a language bank of employees who speak many languages, and subscribes to Language Line, a service that provides immediate telephone access to interpreters of most languages. Talk charts also are available in English, Korean, and Spanish for those who are unable to speak.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
MedStar Harbor Hospital provides certified sign language interpreters for patients and visitors who are deaf and hard of hearing. Amplification devices also are available for the deaf and hard of hearing. Please inform your nurse if you or your visitors require the assistance of an interpreter or hearing device.
If you or your visitors have any special need that requires attention, please contact your nurse, and appropriate accommodations will be made when possible.
How can you obtain disability-related assistance from MedStar Harbor Hospital?
Inform the person scheduling your appointment at MedStar Harbor Hospital of your special needs when scheduling an inpatient or outpatient visit.
Remind the admissions personnel or receptionist of such need upon your arrival to MedStar Harbor Hospital for your scheduled visit.
Consult with your nurse, doctor, or other care provider about your disability-related needs.
Advance care directives are specific instructions, prepared in advance, that are intended to direct a person's medical care if he or she becomes unable to do so in the future.
Advance care directives allow patients to make their own decisions regarding the care they would prefer to receive if they develop a terminal illness or a life-threatening injury. Advance care directives can also designate someone the patient trusts to make decisions about medical care if the patient becomes unable to make (or communicate) these decisions.
Advance care directives can reduce:
Futile, costly, specialized interventions that a patient may not want
Overall healthcare costs
Feelings of helplessness and guilt for family
Legal concerns for everyone involved
Download this brochure for more information about Living Will and Advance Directives