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Posted: May 16, 2014 12:13 AM

Updated: May 16, 2014 12:13 AM

HOUSTON (AP) At a Houston hospital, the menu includes pork and chicken dumplings and fried rice. By next month, patients will also have a choice of four curry dishes.

The menus are part of a broader program by Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital designed to better respond to the needs of immigrants while also making the facility a destination for these populations.

A similar trend is taking place nationwide as hospitals compete for patients, especially those with insurance.

Rick DeFilippi with the American Hospital Association says his group is pushing hospitals to adopt three practices by 2020 to help better treat immigrant populations. That includes collecting medical data on immigrant health needs and tailoring care to that information and hiring administrators and board members who better reflect the communities they serve.

Topics: US-Hospitals-Immigrant-Amenities

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