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Southern California hospital settles claims over deaf access

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center says it will provide services to the deaf to ensure they have equal access to medical care, including the ability to communicate with nurses and doctors.
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center says it will provide services to the deaf to ensure they have equal access to medical care, including the ability to communicate with nurses and doctors.
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A San Bernardino County hospital has reached a settlement to resolve allegations that it failed to provide qualified interpreters and other services to the hearing impaired.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles said Wednesday that the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton reached an agreement with the Justice Department.

Under the agreement, the hospital will provide services to the deaf to ensure they have equal access to medical care, including the ability to communicate with nurses and doctors.

The Justice Department says an investigation began after two people complained about a lack of interpreters for the hearing impaired at the hospital.

The hospital says in a statement that it's committed to providing first-rate care and that it had already started improving services before the Justice Department's involvement.