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Passavant Hospital Introduces Video Phones for Deaf
It's now easier for deaf patients at Jacksonville's Passavant Area Hospital to communicate with loved ones outside of the facility.
The hospital now has a video phone and an iPad. Deaf patients can use them to make video calls and update loved ones on their condition.
Together, the devices cost the hospital about $2,000. But Deloris Deann Summers, the president of the Jacksonville Community Center for the Deaf, said it's needed.
"It's not depending on a hearing person to make a phone call," Summers said. "'Can you call my mom? Can you call my husband?' It makes it more private, more independent, more interactive--one-on-one with the person with whom you want to speak."
Passavant is one of the only public places in Jacksonville to have a video phone. Hospital representatives said they hope to get more iPads so deaf patients can make video phone calls from their hospital rooms.