Emergency Medical Interpreter Services (EMIS)
Providing on-call, emergency ASL-English interpretation services to 6 contracted hospitals in New Hampshire, including Catholic Medical Center, Cheshire Medical Center, Concord Hospital, Elliot Hospital, Exeter Hospital, and Monadnock Community Hospital.
Features of the EMIS Program
Type of Service: The Emergency Medical Interpreter Service Program (EMIS) provides on-call American Sign Language interpreters for medical emergencies. Once the on-call interpreter is called for an emergency, she/he is expected to arrive within 60-90 minutes of being contacted (as stipulated by contract).
Hours of Operation: Interpreters are on-call 5:00PM-8:00AM on weekdays, and 24 hours (8:00AM-8:00AM) on weekends and nine federal holidays. The holidays included are New Year’s Day, MLK Jr.’s Birthday, Presidents’ Day (aka Washington’s Birthday), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Qualifications: Interpreters who have documented training, background, and experience in medical or mental health situations are given primary consideration for shifts within the EMIS Program. Interpreters’ qualifications are reviewed by the EMIS Coordinator and NDHHS referral staff, in conjunction with the Executive Director.
Who Should Our Hospital Contact?
If you desire further information about the Emergency Medical Interpreter Services program, please contact:
Thank you to the hospitals currently dedicated to providing communication access to their Deaf and Hard of Hearing patients through EMIS!