WesternU Medical Center Continues to Set Precedent by Addressing the Needs of the Entire Community

Pomona, CA - 05/05/2006 -- A growing number of private and public disability discrimination cases have been successfully filed over the past ten years. Individuals with disabilities and the disability community have become increasingly public and diligent in asserting their civil rights to equal access, specifically, requiring the courts to enforce ADA requirements in the health care field.

In an effort to be accessible to every patient, regardless of disability or activity limitations, the Western University Medical Center uses two height adjustable patient exam tables.

"We are grateful to have two of our rooms equipped with the height adjustable exam tables, said Jim Elliot, chief administrative officer for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP). "Many of the medical center's practice are patients with chronic medical conditions or mobility impairments who can benefit from these tables."

The exam tables lower to 18 inches from the floor, making it easier for patients to get on the table and eliminating excess strain on patients, as well as the excess risk of injury for the physicians and staff. After a patient is on the table, it can be raised to 37 inches; giving these tables the absolute lowest and highest height combination available in today's market.

This electronically powered, height adjustable table allows more patients to transfer with little or no staff assistance. It also ensures that the Center is more equipped to accommodate the elderly, expectant mothers and patients with disabilities, easily and efficiently. "From a routine physical exam, to a gynecological exam, these tables are fully equipped with all the attachments, movements and accessories available," said Elliot. "While many emergency room and larger facilities provide services to reach persons with disabilities and other activity limitations, a lot of family medicine primary care practices do not. That makes it more difficult for people with disabilities, who simply have a cold, or just need a routine check up to go to their Primary Care Physician."

Earlier this year, the Medical Center moved into a new location located at 887 E. Second St., just east of Towne Avenue, in Pomona and added a ramp to ensure access for all patients and staff who are not able to negotiate the steps.

The Medical Center, which boasts more than 12,000 patient encounters per year (many of the patients do not have health insurance), offers ambulatory, primary health care services to families in the Pomona area. Medical students, physician assistants, pharmacy students and graduate nurses from WesternU serve in rotations through the Center giving them opportunities to work with patients.

For more information on the tax incentives offered for providing accessible medical equipment like these exam tables, please contact the Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions (CDIHP) at WesternU by calling (909) 469-6116 or visit www.cdihp.org .





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