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Notice Under Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973

In accordance with the requirement of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), Fort Washington Medical Center (FWMC) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, participation in, or receipt of services and benefits under any FWMC program or activity. FWMC does not retaliate or discriminate against, or coerce, intimidate or threaten any individual who (1) opposes any act or practice made unlawful by Section 504 or (2) files a grievance and/or complaint, testifies, assists, or participates in any investigation, proceeding, or hearing under Section 504.

Provision of Auxiliary Aids and Effective Communication: FWMC will generally, upon request, provide appropriate auxiliary aids leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in FWMC services, programs or activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments. FWMC will not place a surcharge on a particular qualified individual with a disability or any group of qualified individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of measures, such as the provision of auxiliary aids or program accessibility, that are required to provide that individual or group with nondiscriminatory treatment required by Section 504. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid for effective communication to participate in an FWMC service, program or activity, should contact the program coordinator as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event. Grievances alleging that an FWMC service, program or activity is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the 504 Coordinator, at 301-203-2210. Filing a grievance with the Section 504 Coordinator does not prevent the applicant, resident and/or his family member or guardian from filing a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Foreign Language Interpreter Services
Foreign language interpreter services are available free of charge for patients and their escorts.

Spanish Version


De acuerdo con los requisitos del Artículo 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, el Fort Washington Medical Center no comete acto de discriminación alguna sobre la base de la discapacidad. Asimismo, se brindará asistencia auxiliar sin cargo alguno para los pacientes y/o acompañantes hipoacúsicos o sordos. El FWMC no tomará represalias, ni adoptará políticas discriminatorias, y se abstendrá de recurrir a la coerción, intimidación o amenazas contra todo individuo que: (1) se oponga a algún acto o práctica que fuera legítimo de conformidad con el Artículo 504 ó (2) que presente una queja y/o demanda, testifique, colabore o participe en una investigación, procedimiento o audiencia, de conformidad con lo consagrado en el Artículo 504. Si usted desea presentar una queja por discriminación en razón de una discapacidad —lo cual puede incluir una demanda por incumplimiento en la provisión de la asistencia auxiliar apropiada— sírvase comunicarse con nuestro coordinador del Artículo 504, llamando al 301-203-2210.

Hear it from Our Patients

Jody Beard has suffered from knee pain for many years. Not anymore, thanks to knee replacement surgery through the Fort Washington Medical Center Joint Replacement Program.
This surgery has changed my life. I no longer lay on shopping carts for support or agonize when walking on concrete. After two knee replacements, now I am all over the place. I’m walking around the school where I work without pain. My granddaughter says I don’t walk like a penguin anymore. I have my surgeon and the FWMC staff to thank for that!
~ Jody Beard