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A call for interpreters at a local hospital (CT)
WTNH Television ^ | 5/11/2006 | Puppage

Posted on 05/11/2006 9:18:15 AM PDT by Puppage

(Waterbury-WTNH, May 10, 2006 5:50 PM) _ Is there a communication gap in Waterbury?

A community group says part of the city's population is underserved at area hospitals.

Waterbury fire fighters always answer the call but on scene not everyone always speaks English.

Howard Osorio says,"Usually there is a neighbor or a child who is bilingual to help us out."

14-year-old Isomar is one of those bi-lingual kids.

Isomar says,"Since I was 8-years-old I have been translating for my mom."

She says the hardest part is at hospitals and having to translate medical jargon.

Isomar says,"It's just really embarrassing for me to have to tell the doctor about things about her and even some of the words I don't understand what they are saying."

In Waterbury alone there are over 40 different languages spoken so the Naugatuck Valley Project is asking hospitals to improve the translation system by providing trained, interpreters in person.

Elizabeth Rosa, Naugatuck Valley Project, says,"It's not about catering to them its about getting people the adequate health care."

Isomar says,"If I say something wrong and something happens to my mom I'm going to feel really guilty about it."

Most hospitals rely on bilingual staff members or volunteers. Most also have mechanical interpreting devices or a sort of bilingual conference call.

Rosa says,"You want to have the phone system available fine - but also there are ways to be able to get funds to get hospitals working together for a better system in the valley."

Isomar says her mother's English has gotten better but she still finds herself deciphering and translating what the doctor or nurse is saying.


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1 posted on 05/11/2006 9:18:17 AM PDT by Puppage
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To: Puppage

Hey kid get a private Spanish speaking doctor and stop using the emergency room as a GP.


2 posted on 05/11/2006 9:22:47 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: HiJinx

ping


3 posted on 05/11/2006 9:25:06 AM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: Puppage

The emergency personnel in Mexico speak Spanish. Next time, call from there.


4 posted on 05/11/2006 9:28:31 AM PDT by Niteranger68 ("Only 4 out of 3 Democrats actually vote.")
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To: Puppage

How about volunteer tutors to teach English?


5 posted on 05/11/2006 9:28:35 AM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (I'm a proud GRINGO......is Bill Clinton still the president?...Seems that way!)
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN

I think most communities have some sort of adult ed classes in English.
susie


6 posted on 05/11/2006 9:31:08 AM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: Puppage

i am pretty sure the Mexican health officials in Mexico speak a language yer mother can understand, kid. Get headed south and don't stop until you get there.


7 posted on 05/11/2006 9:31:46 AM PDT by trubluolyguy (I love coffee....I love it GOOD!)
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To: trubluolyguy

Bump!


8 posted on 05/11/2006 9:33:40 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Immigration: Acting like dupes does not earn us their respect, but their CONTEMPT.))
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN

In fact:
http://www.ctdhe.org/EEIC/pdfs/CourseWebsites.pdf

susie


9 posted on 05/11/2006 9:35:39 AM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: ncountylee

The article states that over 40 languages are spoken there. Why single out Spanish?


10 posted on 05/11/2006 9:49:34 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: trubluolyguy

You are missing the big picture here. The article states more than 40 languages are spoken.


11 posted on 05/11/2006 9:52:58 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: Puppage
"It's not about catering to them its about getting people the adequate health care."

It's about catering to them.

12 posted on 05/11/2006 9:53:24 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Never question Bruce Dickinson!)
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To: mlc9852

Because the Italians, Poles, Germans, Russians, etc aren't the ones complaining!!!!!


13 posted on 05/11/2006 9:54:48 AM PDT by marlon
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To: mlc9852
mlc9852 wrote: The article states that over 40 languages are spoken there. Why single out Spanish?

The article is about a Mexican.

14 posted on 05/11/2006 9:57:53 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN

Heck, medical jargon is hard to understand for many native speakers!


15 posted on 05/11/2006 9:59:16 AM PDT by Szent_Adam_Kiraly ("google maps is the best! " "true that, Double true!")
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To: Szent_Adam_Kiraly

That's why they should teach Latin in school!!


16 posted on 05/11/2006 10:01:10 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Never question Bruce Dickinson!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

"That's why they should teach Latin in school!!"

There is alot of greek in med jargon too.. but I think it would be better if they were to speak plain english to the patient. I find many American doctors lack bedside manner.


17 posted on 05/11/2006 10:04:21 AM PDT by Szent_Adam_Kiraly ("google maps is the best! " "true that, Double true!")
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To: Puppage

Waturbury, New Haven, Bridgeport....all sanctuary cities.


18 posted on 05/11/2006 10:04:28 AM PDT by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: ncountylee

I missed where it said it was about a Mexican. Please point it out to me. I probably need new glasses.


19 posted on 05/11/2006 10:04:32 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852
Hey kid get a private doctor who speaks your native language and stop using the emergency room as a GP.

Happy now?

20 posted on 05/11/2006 10:09:19 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: mlc9852

Oh, you silly. Hispanic last name=Mexican=Illegal. Didn't you get the memo? ;-)



21 posted on 05/11/2006 10:09:37 AM PDT by two134711
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To: mlc9852
Because here in Wtby the Puerto Ricans and Dominicans seem to far outnumber anyone else.

Of course, there are also the Portuguese, Italians, Romanians, Mexicans, Ukrainians....

22 posted on 05/11/2006 10:09:51 AM PDT by CT-Freeper (Said the perpetually dejected Mets fan.)
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To: ncountylee

No, I'm not happy. I'll be happy when immigrants are no longer treated like ****.


23 posted on 05/11/2006 10:14:34 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: two134711

Sorry - I obviously missed it.:)


24 posted on 05/11/2006 10:14:55 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: taxed2death
Waturbury, New Haven, Bridgeport....all sanctuary cities

Especially if you're a bullet!!

25 posted on 05/11/2006 10:15:02 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: mlc9852

Are we referring to legal immigrants or illegal aliens?


26 posted on 05/11/2006 10:17:11 AM PDT by rudy45
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To: rudy45

We are referring to people who need interpretors.


27 posted on 05/11/2006 10:18:44 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: rudy45

"Are we referring to legal immigrants or illegal aliens?"

We are refering to THEY and or THEM, as opposed to US. Didn1t you get the memo?


28 posted on 05/11/2006 10:21:04 AM PDT by Szent_Adam_Kiraly ("google maps is the best! " "true that, Double true!")
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To: ncountylee
How do you know that? I've never heard the name, Isomar, before and cannot tell what nationality it is...so how can you?

Another poster points out that most of the Spanish speakers in Waterbury CT are Puerto Ricans or Dominicans. These people are as different from the Mexicans as the Irish are from the French or the Italians are from the Swedes. Of course, facts matter little on these hate Mexican threads, but I do read them because it is important to me, as an American, not to let the blind hatred of a few overtake the serious debate necessary to find a solution to this problem.
29 posted on 05/11/2006 10:22:25 AM PDT by ishabibble (UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL)
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To: mlc9852

I know lots of old-timer Americans that need a staff member to explain to them what the Doc is saying. Shall we send them to Mexico?


30 posted on 05/11/2006 10:23:04 AM PDT by Szent_Adam_Kiraly ("google maps is the best! " "true that, Double true!")
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To: Szent_Adam_Kiraly

That didn't make any sense.


31 posted on 05/11/2006 10:28:52 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: ishabibble
Hey kid get a private doctor who speaks your native language and stop using the emergency room as a GP.

Better?

32 posted on 05/11/2006 10:41:47 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Szent_Adam_Kiraly; mlc9852

I'm confused. The original statement referred to "immigrants." All I want is clarification of whether, in your view, this term distinguishes between people who come here legally and those who come illegally. Thanks.


33 posted on 05/11/2006 11:01:11 AM PDT by rudy45
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To: rudy45

To me, immigrants are immigrants.


34 posted on 05/11/2006 11:02:30 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852

Do you distinguish between those who come legally and those who come illegally?


35 posted on 05/11/2006 11:04:30 AM PDT by rudy45
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To: rudy45

The only thing I distinguish is if they are Muslims.


36 posted on 05/11/2006 11:05:48 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: ClearCase_guy
Rosa should always send them to a veterinarian. Dogs and cats don't talk but they still get treated.
37 posted on 05/11/2006 11:10:19 AM PDT by texastoo ("trash the treaties")
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To: texastoo

"Rosa should always send them to a veterinarian. Dogs and cats don't talk but they still get treated."


Thats right because those who dont speak english are no better than animals.


38 posted on 05/11/2006 11:12:15 AM PDT by Szent_Adam_Kiraly ("google maps is the best! " "true that, Double true!")
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To: Puppage

14-year-old Isomar is one of those bi-lingual kids.

Isomar says,"Since I was 8-years-old I have been translating for my mom."

So, for the last six years his mother hasn't managed to learn some basic English?


39 posted on 05/11/2006 11:15:48 AM PDT by New Girl
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To: Szent_Adam_Kiraly

I know this for a fact, that you don't have to speak the language in order to help someone, a person or an animal. Do you in your infinite wisdom think that the majority of nurses and doctors in the U.S. speak Spanish? They don't. How do you think the illegals had so many anchor babies? The anchor babies are delivered by English speaking doctors. They more than anything else wanted that anchor baby so they didn't demand a translator. Now that the anchor baby is interpreting for them suddenly they need someone to translate. Give me a break.


40 posted on 05/11/2006 11:22:47 AM PDT by texastoo ("trash the treaties")
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To: New Girl

I dont think "endoscopic retrograde choleangiography" is covered in basic english.


41 posted on 05/11/2006 11:24:33 AM PDT by Szent_Adam_Kiraly ("google maps is the best! " "true that, Double true!")
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To: Puppage

part of the city's population

it did not say part of the city's citizenry

In this New World Order population describes the people living in a geographic area rather than citizenry because the concept of nationhood has almost been totally destroyed.


42 posted on 05/11/2006 11:24:52 AM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: Szent_Adam_Kiraly

"I know this for a fact, that you don't have to speak the language in order to help someone, a person or an animal."

It sure helps though.. Ever tried to seek medical assistance in a country that doesnt speak your language?


43 posted on 05/11/2006 11:29:12 AM PDT by Szent_Adam_Kiraly ("google maps is the best! " "true that, Double true!")
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To: New Girl
So, for the last six years his mother hasn't managed to learn some basic English?

I thought the same thing. I guess there's no incentive to learn when you can rely on your kid to do it for you.

44 posted on 05/11/2006 11:30:10 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: mlc9852

Well, the writer used an Hispanic surname for his exploited examplar so that was established; the other 39 languages combined only represent a small percentage of the dominant foreign language made an example here.

As far as trnslating the medical terms that is pretty much hopeless as doctors aren't taught to speak plain english either.


45 posted on 05/11/2006 11:37:54 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Old Professer

Then those who speak neither English nor Spanish are really in trouble. Usually you can find someone to speak Spanish pretty easily. Not so sure about the other 39 languages.


46 posted on 05/11/2006 11:39:44 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852

I was in a Denny's in Woodland Hills, Ca. about 11:30 one evening and two guys came in and were unable to get the waitress to understand a word; after a few minutes of sign language and some running back and forth to the manager's office and kitchen, the one waiter turned to the waitress and told her that the two were speaking Portugese and he hadn't the slightest idea what they were saying.

They ate from the pictured items and left, chuckling to themselves.


47 posted on 05/11/2006 12:13:12 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Old Professer

I guess they are glad there were pictures!


48 posted on 05/11/2006 12:14:38 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: ncountylee
The article is about a Mexican.

I can't find any reference to a Mexican in the article. Can you be more specific?

49 posted on 05/11/2006 12:17:49 PM PDT by george wythe
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To: mlc9852
To me, immigrants are immigrants.

No.

Illegal immigrants are criminals and thieves.

Legal immigrants are deserving of respect.

50 posted on 05/11/2006 12:19:06 PM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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