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U.S. Attorney's Office reaches ADA settlement with local hospital

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A settlement has been reached with a Mid-Michigan hospital accused of failing to provide a sign language interpreter to a deaf patient at one of its outpatient clinics.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan announced the deal with HealthSource Saginaw.

It stemmed from a Flint mother who alleged that HealthSource Saginaw violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services to her teenage son who received treatment.

The complaint states the boy was provided an interpreter while undergoing inpatient services, but was refused one for follow-up outpatient treatment.

The settlement requires HealthSource Saginaw to adopt policies to ensure proper help is given, and the staff is trained on ADA requirements.

“While this settlement demonstrates HealthSource Saginaw’s commitment to provide effective communication to people who are deaf or hard of hearing, this issue is much bigger than one hospital or one medical provider. More than 25 years after the enactment of the ADA, too many medical providers still fail to fulfill their obligations to provide effective communication to patients and their companions who are deaf. We will continue our enforcement efforts to raise awareness and to ensure that the promise of the ADA is a reality for all Americans,” said U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says that HealthSource Saginaw fully cooperated with the investigation.

"HealthSource Saginaw is committed to complying with the ADA and to providing individuals with disabilities full and equal access to, and enjoyment of, the services, facilities, and accommodations it provides.  This resolution is part of HealthSource Saginaw’s ongoing efforts to meet these objectives," said Lisa Lapham, president and CEO of HealthSource Saginaw.

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