New Appointment Rates as of July 1, 2016

As of July 1, 2016 all on-site medical and social interpretation appointments will be reimbursed at a rate of $38.00 per hour in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement 2015-2017.

Block time appointments will continue to be reimbursed at the rate of $31.00 per hour.

Traffic Advisory for 6/11/2016-Seattle Area

On Saturday, June 11th, beginning at 12:30 pm, the UW commencement ceremony will take place at Husky Stadium. The expected attendance is 40,000.   Medical Center staff scheduled to work the day of this event should anticipate heavy traffic congestion and time delays traveling to and from the UW Medical Center and the University District.  We will have additional parking and valet staff from 6:00 AM – 2:00 PM for customer assistance.

UWMC Parking Services is recommending that all scheduled staff:

◊ Review your travel plans to the UW Medical Center and plan additional time for traveling to and from the University District.

◊ Consider alternate driving routes to UW Medical Center, carpooling with a co-worker or using public transportation options.

◊ For medical teams and on call emergent staff with a limited response time, please note that due to traffic congestion in the immediate and surrounding areas, you may want to consider being onsite at UWMC.

Special Parking Instructions and Information:

Patient Parking Instructions

Parking for patients and their guests will be available in the Triangle garage.  Additional overflow parking will be available at the Surgery Pavilion garage.

Staff Parking Instructions

UWMC staff scheduled to work on Saturday, June 11th, will be directed to the Surgery Pavilion garage.  Medical Center staff will need to show a valid UWMC ID badge to parking staff at the garage entrance.  If parking is full at the Surgery Pavilion garage, overflow parking will be located on the lower level of the S1 garage and in the Triangle garage.

 

Additional resources to plan your commute to the UW Medical Center and the University District:

UW Commuter Services & Special Events Office

206-221-3701 (Monday-Friday)

http://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/commuterservices

 

Community Transit Trip Planner

http://www.commtrans.org

 

Metro Bus Trip Planner

http://metro.kingcounty.gov

 

Sound Transit Trip Planner

http://www.soundtransit.org

 

Google Maps & Driving Directions

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en

 

4th Annual Tools of the Trade

It’s that time of the year again, for our annual Interpreter Outreach. This year we are holding the trainings in Spokane and Olympia. Please see information below and click the “Register Now” link for the location that you are able to attend.

Spokane: Thursday June 09, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Ramada at Spokane Airport.  The address is 8909 Airport Drive, Spokane, WA 99219 Register Now!

Olympia: Thursday June 16, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Best Western Plus – Lacey Inn & Suites. The address is 8326 Quinault Drive NE, Lacey, WA 98516 Register Now!

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

Text Notifications Updated

Dear Interpreter,

We are excited to announce that text notifications have returned. We have updated the previous notification system and it will function as follows, if you decide to opt in:

  • Allows you to receive a text notifying you of available and/or unfilled appointments within 72 hours of the appointment start time in your area.
  • Notifications of available jobs will be sent out in intervals of 6 hours and at the following times: 8 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

These changes are very user friendly and to assist you in learning the process we are including a step-by-step guide on how these features will work. Click here for guide.

Should you have any questions regarding these changes please feel free to contact Interpreter Relations at: hcainterpreters@ctslanguagelink.com or by calling us at 1(866) 519-3604 option 1.

A copy of this email can also be found on the HCA website in the Interpreter News section.

 

Regards,

Interpreter Relations

CTS LanguageLink

Flu Season Update!

As of May 1, 2016; flu season is officially over and the Influenza vaccine is no longer a requirement for interpreters to service HCA medical appointments.

Please Note: All other required vaccines/immunizations must be up to date before the medical appointment restriction will be lifted.

For questions regarding your current immunization status please contact us at hcainterpreters@ctslanguagelink.com.

 

Training Opportunity- Tacoma

Hello HCA Interpreters,

Recently CTS has been made aware of a new training opportunity available for you coming up on Saturday May 21st, 2016. This training will be held in the Jackson Hall within the Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. This training will be on interpreter skill building with a focus on notetaking and sight translation. Should this be something that interests you, please click on the link below for additional information on this event and instructions on how to register.

If you have any additional questions in regards to this class, please contact Naomi Uchida at officemanager@notisnet.org.

Thank you.

Interpreter Portal Restored

Dear Interpreter,

We at CTS appreciate all of the feedback that was provided regarding the new portal updates that were implemented. 

Based on the feedback, we have disabled these features and will be conducting end user surveys in the coming weeks to help determine ways to make the portal more effective for everyone. 

Should you have any questions regarding these changes please feel free to contact Interpreter Relations at: hcainterpreters@ctslanguagelink.com  or by calling us at 1(866) 519-3604 option 1.

  

Regards, 

Interpreter Relations 

CTS LanguageLink 

 

New Interpreter Portal Updates

Dear Interpreter,
We are excited to announce that a few new features have been added to your interpreter portal. The features that have been added are as follows:
  • iCalendar – This allows you to now be able to download your CTS appointment schedule to your personal calendar on your device.
  • Text notification – This allows you to receive a text notifying you of available and/or unfilled appointments within 72 hours of the appointment start time.
  • 2-minute job lock – This allows you to review the details of an assignment for 2 minutes by locking the job and not allowing another interpreter to accept it within this timeframe.
These changes are very user friendly and to assist you in learning the process we are including a step-by-step guide on how these features will work. Click here for guide.
Should you have any questions regarding these changes please feel free to contact Interpreter Relations at: hcainterpreters@ctslanguagelink.com or by calling us at 1(866) 519-3604 option 1.
A copy of this email can also be found on the HCA website in the Interpreter News section.

 

Regards,
Interpreter Relations
CTS LanguageLink
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