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(210 ILCS 87/10)
As used in this Act:
"Department" means the Department of Public Health.
"Interpreter" means a person fluent in English and in the necessary
language of the patient who can accurately speak, read, and readily interpret
the necessary second language, or a person who can accurately sign and read
sign language. Interpreters shall have the ability to translate the names of
body parts and to describe completely symptoms and injuries in both languages.
Interpreters may include members of the medical or professional staff.
"Language or communication barriers" means either of the following:
(1) With respect to spoken language, barriers that
are experienced by limited-English-speaking or non-English-speaking individuals who speak the same primary language, if those individuals constitute at least 5% of the patients served by the health facility annually.
(2) With respect to sign language, barriers that are
experienced by individuals who are deaf and whose primary language is sign language.
"Health facility" means a hospital licensed under the Hospital Licensing Act,
a long-term care facility licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act, or a facility licensed under the ID/DD Community Care Act or the Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-339, eff. 7-1-10; 97-38, eff. 6-28-11; 97-227, eff. 1-1-12; 97-813, eff. 7-13-12.)