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December 1, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General


Lee Moore
or Ron Czajkowski


Media Advisory
Attorney General Harvey, N.J. Hospital Association to Announce Joint Effort to Improve Hospital Accommodations for Deaf, Hard of Hearing
1 p.m. Monday, December 5, 2005

Addressing an important health care concern for persons with hearing loss, Attorney General Peter C. Harvey and the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) will announce a joint initiative designed to ensure that patients who are deaf or hard of hearing are provided -- by hospitals – with assistance that ensures their ability to communicate effectively with nurses, doctors and other hospital personnel. Required by law, this “reasonable accommodation” may include such services as qualified sign language interpreters, amplified phones and computer-assisted real time transcription. Owing to a number of factors, the provision of services to help deaf and hard of hearing persons communicate with hospital staff has been inconsistent throughout the New Jersey hospital community.


1 p.m. Monday, December 5, 2005


  • Attorney General Peter C. Harvey
  • Division on Civil Rights Director J. Frank Vespa-Papaleo
  • Al Gutierrez, CEO, Shore Memorial Hospital, Somers Point
  • Valerie Sellers, Senior Vice-President, Health and Research Planning, NJHA
  • Brian Shomo, State Director, Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Hughes Justice Complex
5th Floor, Division of Criminal Justice Training Room
25 Market Street, Trenton

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