We are speaking your language

As a medical center that treats a very diverse population of patients, it is not uncommon for our team members to care for patients who speak a foreign language.Interpreter services

Providing excellent care begins with good communication between the patient and caregiver. In order to convey complex information to each and every patient, the hospital relies on a team of trained medical interpreters.

“Of course we translate Spanish and American Sign Language, but our interpreter network also includes Kizigua, Urdu or even Zo’é. Either by phone or in person, we can provide translation in 104 languages,” says Eva Enoch, supervisor, Interpreter Services. “We provide this service free of charge to the patient and within the last year, we’ve been called upon more than 53,000 times. This is just one more way we ensure each and every patient receives safe and effective care.”

The department also provides cross-cultural consultation for patients and staff and reaches out to the deaf, refugee and immigrant communities providing health screenings and education. If your English is limited or you are speech or hearing impaired, please ask your provider or nurse to contact interpreter services to arrange for an interpreter to assist you during your stay.

Learn more about Barnes-Jewish’s interpreter services on our website.




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Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center is the largest hospital in Missouri and the largest private employer in the St. Louis region. An affiliated teaching hospital of Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital has a 1,800 member medical staff with many who are recognized as "Best Doctors in America." They are supported by residents, interns and fellows, in addition to nurses, technicians and other health-care professionals.

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