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

by Rodney Tanaka

May 5, 2006

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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 .


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