Kyung Hee Choi, Vice President, Holy Name Medical Center Asian Health Services.
The Teaneck, N.J.-based Holy Name Medical Center launched on March 9 the first Indian Medical Program (IMP) in the U.S.
Modeled after the widely successful Korean Medical Program (KMP) that started in 2008, the IMP joins the Chinese Medical Program (CMP), the Filipino Medical Program (FMP) and the Japanese Medical Program (JMP) — all under the umbrella of Holy Name’s Asian Health Services.
The program is designed to meet the medical needs of this community in a culturally-sensitive environment and provide healthcare amenities to make Asian Indian-American patients and their families feel welcome and comfortable.
“Holy Name Medical Center’s Indian Medical Program continues the hospital’s mission to provide culturally-sensitive care,” said Michael Maron, President and CEO, Holy Name Medical Center.
“The hospital’s Asian Health Services program has become a national model for building sustainable initiatives that improve population health by partnering with physicians, volunteers and charitable donors.”
Customized services include Indian cuisine items such as Indian Chai, Dal Chawal and traditional Indian vegetarian sandwiches will be added to the hospital menu for inpatients.
Indian newspapers and a cable television channel (Sony TV) will be available in patients’ rooms, as well as a dedicated community hotline, and a large network of Indian-American physicians.
Translation services will be available in Hindi, Gujrati, Sindhi, Marathi and Urdu.
The IMP is also offering a series of free community health events in northern New Jersey, providing health education resources and health screenings for Diabetes, Hepatitis B, and BMI/body composition.
To access a full calendar of community events, visit holyname.org/events.
“Holy Name honors the uniqueness of every individual. Personalizing care for our Asian Indian patients engenders trust and a sense of security, making patients feel at home,” said Kyung Hee Choi, Vice President of Asian Health Services.
“Offering medical services with culturally appropriate health care amenities has made patients feel more comfortable at the Medical Center, encouraging them to undergo preventive screenings and helped them to be more proactive in maintaining their health.”