We wanted to inform you about this important news about Mount Sinai Hospital Interpreting Services. If you use Mount Sinai for any purposes, you need to know the following information that was sent to us. Please read the letter below:
Mount Sinai hospital has decided to close the Sinai Deaf Health program and use on-call interpreting services through CAIRS. They’ve done this very quickly and people are going to be very confused if they are trying to get services at the hospital. It’s about money. State doesn’t have a budget and spoken language AND ASL interpreters all day are expensive.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES HAVE NOT BEEN TOUCHED. THOSE ARE FINE.
Medical services will be very confusing for awhle. CAIRS is a good agency, but it will still be confusing for people tryng to getinterpreting services for awhile. CAIRS doesn’t know the people who use Sinai or the clinics. That means they don’t know if you prefer ASL English, tactile ASL, etc. Please tell other people about the change.
If you are looking for interpreter services at the hospital or any of the clinics, the new coordinator is Patricia Gibbs. Her voice number is 773-257-5412 and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. (She is Hearing.)
Her supervisor is Gia Mac. You can contact Gia at 773-257-6597 and her email is Gia.Mac@sinai.org. She is also hearing.
If you have concerns about these changes, you can contact the CEO of Mount Sinai. her name is Karen Teitelbaum. Her email address is email@example.com.
A note from LeCOBDA President, Bryen Yunashko.
Mount Sinai has been a very good program ensuring good access to services with interpreters. The Coordinator for the Deaf Services Program had a very good understanding about how to work with DeafBlind clients. It is sad that we have lost an important ally at Mount Sinai, and we are deeply concerned that continued medical access will be accessible for all DeafBlind people in the Chicago area. If you are concerned, please send an email to the CEO so they know about your concerns. While it is not Mount Sinai’s fault that the state has been unable to complete a budget, nevertheless, we are all affectd. If you do not speak up, your concerns will not be heard by Mount Sinai or the State of Illinois.