Medical Director for Hospital Medicine Efrain Talamantes connects on a deep level to the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital’s mission, as well as to its patient base. His experiences growing up in Norwalk bring strong and lasting associations.
As a child of eight, Dr. Talamantes was asked to translate for his Spanish-speaking mother, an immigrant from Mexico, when she was in a neonatal ward about to give birth to his younger brother.
“Those were very scary times,” says Dr. Talamantes, an internal medicine physician. “My mom had complications and she needed help… I could see the challenges to getting healthcare when you had to rely on an 8-year-old to translate your mother’s OBGYN issues. I witnessed firsthand the disparity in care between patients who spoke English and those who didn’t.”