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Policies & Special Services


American Sign Language (ASL) and world language interpreters are available for patients and their visiting family members 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the hospital.

The hospital offers several options for immediate interpretive services to patients and families who are deaf, hard of hearing or have limited English proficiency, including: video remote interpreter (VRI) devices, telephone interpreting devices and in-person interpreters. In-person Spanish interpreters are available Monday-Friday 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Call 443-718-2222.

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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