DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Mercy Medical Center has settled two lawsuits that accused the hospital of lacking sufficient access to sign-language interpreters.
The Des Moines Register reports that the hospital promised to improve its deaf interpreter services. It also agreed to pay undisclosed amounts of money to the complainants.
In a statement Monday, hospital leaders say they settled the lawsuits so they could move forward, working together to improve services.
Polly Fullbright, who is deaf, filed one of the lawsuits on behalf of her husband, J. William Fullbright, of Clive. She told the newspaper that the last hours of her husband's life at the hospital in 2008 were made even more stressful because there was no sign-language interpreter to help her and her husband communicate with doctors and nurses. He, too, was deaf.