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Hospitals to improve access for persons with disabilities

October 23, 2017

Several New York City-based healthcare facilities have agreed to update their buildings and infrastructure to make them accessible for patients and visitors with disabilities, according to an article on the New York Law Journal website

As part of a settlement agreement, Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Continuum Health Partners have agreed to identify and update architectural barriers at more than 10 hospitals and outpatient facilities in Manhattan and Brooklyn to make them compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

As part of the agreement, the healthcare facilities also have to purchase additional medical equipment, such as height-adjustable examination tables that people who have mobile disabilities can use without the help of another person.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit did not seek damages, but rather “fixes of these systemic problems.” 

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