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Duke University Hospital Uses Spanish TV Channel To Keep Patients Informed

Posted November 24, 2003 2:42 a.m. EST

— Shorter wait times in the emergency room and lower hospital bills are things many people would like. It could soon become a reality, thanks to a new Spanish TV channel at Duke University Hospital.

The programming offers everything from checkups to vaccinations. Workers are hoping that in the long run, by educating Hispanics about preventive health and other venues for health, they will make fewer trips to the emergency room.

"The more they understand about their care and their health while they're here, the less likelihood that they're going to return," health project coordinator Rebecca Reyes said.

Officials say about 90 percent of Hispanics use the emergency room as the primary point of contact when they are ill.