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Medical Interpreter - DUH -Full Time

Regular Full Time Durham, North Carolina
Requisition Number: 215588

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research.

Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area.

For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology.

Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.

In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

Occ Summary

Perform a variety of interpretation, translation and Medical escort services to assist non-English speaking patients receiving care within the Duke Health System.

Work Performed

  • Participate as a neutral party in the role as conduit of information incidental to the work described herein.

  • Perform other related duties database. that must flow between Duke staff and the International or Domestic patient/visitors.

  • Ensure that information pertaining to the patient's outpatient services, hospitalization, (i.e. advance directives, consents from treatment, diagnosis and prognosis, treatment plan, follow-up appointments and Health Care Education) are accurately communicated.

  • The patient's questions/concerns regarding this information is to be appropriately addressed and documented per Risk Management Directives.

  • Provide interpreter services, and convey the exact message as opposed to summarizing the information in a way that is subjective.

  • Provide required documentation as identified by the International Patient Center. Maintain accurate daily records on all requests for service as well as the provision of services.

  • Maintain accurate and timely documentation within program Promote customer satisfaction related to Duke services; notify Supervisor of any issues that may be problematic for patients or Duke staff. Participate in continuing education programs and competency training to enhance professional role of International Medical escort.

  • Ensure that all policies and procedures related to process, service, and employee work rules are followed.

  • Maintain confidentiality in all matters related to patient care and visitor issues on non-English speaking patients/families/escorts. Participate in on call coverage to provide interpretation/translation services during non-business hours and business hours as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability to work with diverse populations from various economical backgrounds and age group. Ability to work as an effective member of a dedicated team. Ability to work in a fast paced Health Care environment with a variety of customer service needs. Accurate and appropriate interpretation skills at all times. Current N.C. Drivers License with driving record suitable to Duke Van operations and corporate risk management.

Minimum Qualifications


High-School Diploma or equivalent~Successful completion of conversation/translation competency testing in secondary language Knowledge of Medical Terminology~


Previous experience in a Health Care setting preferred

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