The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that one in six Americans speaks a language other than English at home. While most can speak some English when needed, experts estimate that as many as 20 million people, or about 1 in every 15 people in the U.S., speaks and understands little English.
Greenville Health System (GHS) is committed to serving the rapidly changing demographics of the region by developing a robust Language Services Department. GHS boasts one of the largest departments of this kind in the country and offers its services free of charge.
The Language Services Team
Mission - We will strive for excellence in completing this mission by providing compassionate and professional medical language services to those we serve. We will use our unique talents to work as a team with clinical staff to be a bridge of communication in order to bring about strengthening, encouragement, and healing.
We ensure equal access, opportunity, and support for all who seek quality health services. Our goal is to make sure you receive medical information in a manner that you understand.
The Language Services Department of GHS addresses the need of local individuals with limited language proficiency and ensures that they can effectively communicate with GHS healthcare providers. We provide free of charge:
- Oral Interpreting
- Phone interpreting
- Video interpreting
- American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting
- Interpreter training
The team also offers in-house written translation services in Spanish.
Services for the Deaf
GHS provides interpreting services for deaf patients. We provide both in-person and video teleconferencing interpreters.
Our video interpreting service provides the patient with a view of the interpreter through a computer screen. It helps hospital staff to communicate with patients.
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