NYC Commission on Human Rights Announces Settlement with Lenox Hill Radiology Following Investigation into Failure to Provide Equal Access to Mammograms for Patients with Disabilities

March 29, 2018

Disability Justice, Medical Access, News

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The NYC Commission on Human Rights announces a settlement with Lenox Hill Radiology following an investigation into allegations of discrimination for failure to accommodate patients with disabilities. As part of the settlement agreement, the NYC Commission on Human Rights is requiring Lenox Hill Radiology to modify the front and interior of its building at 61 East 77th Street in Manhattan to make it accessible to people with disabilities; provide equipment in line with the U.S. Access Board’s accessibility standards to ensure that mammography machines are accessible; change internal scheduling, communications, and equipment purchasing policies citywide; and train staff at all its New York City locations to better accommodate patients with disabilities.

“When people with disabilities are denied access to medical care because of inaccessible buildings or equipment, they face the untenable choice between addressing the problem and maintaining their relationship with their medical provider,” said Staff Attorney in the Disability Justice Program at the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Irene Mendez. “Vindicating one’s rights must not come at the expense of continuity of care. New York Lawyers for the Public Interest is grateful that the Commission can investigate and remedy such medical access problems, while preserving patient anonymity. We applaud the Commission’s work in ensuring accessibility for all at Lenox Hill Radiology.”

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