By Alex Robinson
New York Hospital Queens kicked off an initiative last week to make its services more accessible to immigrants who do not speak English.
The Flushing hospital, at 60-10 Main St., launched its Community Health Initiatives program, which will expand language services for new immigrants seeking care.
“We’ve been working hard for many years to make sure that members of the Chinese community feel at home when they’re at our hospital and medical practices — that our staff is aware and sensitive to their customs and values, that we honor their holidays and traditions, that the food we offer them is authentic and more,” said Stephen Mills, president of NYHQ. “Now with the Community Health Initiatives program, we can take this work to the next level.”
The first immigrant community the initiative will aim to help will be the Chinese, as 30 percent of the hospital’s patients come from China.
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