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Policies & Special Services

Interpreters for Sign Language and Languages Other than English

Martti Intrepretive Service

Qualified interpreters for languages other than English and for Sign Language (ASL) are available for patients and their visiting family members by calling the Nursing Administration Department, at 410-740-7773, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call the office at least one week prior to your hospital visit when possible.

The hospital has a full-time Spanish interpreter on site, and, in order to bring interpretive services more quickly to patients who are deaf or have limited English proficiency, we use a video remote interpretation system known as Martti (My Accessible Real-time Trusted Interpreter). Via tablet PCs with two-way audio and video, patients can access a real-time, live interpreter in approximately 20 languages (including several Chinese dialects, Korean, Burmese, Arabic, Vietnamese and American Sign Language) and more than 200 languages are available via audio.

Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee is available should you need help making difficult decisions regarding your care or treatment, or that of a loved one. These decisions may involve resolving differences of opinion between family members about continued life support or helping you understand the options your doctor has offered. A member of your health care team can contact the committee for you.

No Smoking Policy

In compliance with Maryland state law, Howard County General Hospital is a non-smoking facility. To provide a healthy and safe environment for patients, visitors and our staff, we appreciate your observance of this policy.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Howard County General Hospital to provide services to all people regardless of your age, gender, race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disabilities. This non-discrimination policy applies to all hospital facilities and programs.

Organ/Tissue Donations

Gifts of organs and tissues can help sustain or improve the quality of life for many people. If you are interested in additional information regarding organ and tissue donation, please call the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland Inc. at 410-242-7000. To learn more about cornea transplants, call the TBI/Tissue Banks International at 410-752-3800.