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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.

Photography and Video Recording Devices

Our goal is to protect the privacy of all individuals at the hospital. For this reason, you and your visitors,including family members, are not permitted to photograph, video and/or audio record any individual at the hospital using an electronic media device without the individual’s written and/or verbal consent. Photographing and recording without consent will result in being asked to delete the files. View photography and video policy for the Labor and Delivery and Maternal Child Unit.

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.

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