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Foreign and Sign Language Interpretation

Recognizing that the exchange of information between patient and provider is an essential element of quality patient- and family-centered care, we provide our patients and their families with qualified foreign and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. 

If at any time you need a professional foreign or sign language interpreter, please contact us at: 410-614-4685 or

When you call to schedule an appointment, please mention that you, or your family member, will need an interpreter. This will help us best meet your needs.

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  • If you have questions, you may contact the hospital via TTY at 410-955-6217.
  • Portable TTY machines are available for use in patient rooms through the Admitting Office on the Ground Floor of the Zayed Tower or from the Language Access Services Call Center. 

Foreign Language Interpretation

The Johns Hopkins Hospital offers more than 50 professional interpreters to assist in any communication – face-to-face and written – between Johns Hopkins staff and patients whose first language is not English.

Our foreign language interpretation services are available around-the-clock in more than 130 different languages, including:

  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • Korean
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Nepali
  • Burmese
  • Hindi
  • French
  • Amharic
  • Urdu
  • Swaheli
  • Creole (Haitian)
  • Bengali

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