The MetroHealth Foundation

The Waiting Room
Premier Event

Wednesday, March 13,
6:30-9:00 p.m.

MetroHealth and Cleveland Museum of Art Partner For Exclusive Cleveland Premier of The Waiting Room, Award-winning Documentary

The Waiting Room is a character-driven documentary film that goes behind the doors of an Oakland, California, public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The film offers an inside view of how patients, families and staff each cope with illness, uncertainty and resolutions.

The documentary captures in vivid detail what it means for millions of Americans to live without health insurance. Medical staff tries to keep up with the scores of incoming patients while attempting to deliver thoughtful and compassionate care to all. From a young girl with an advanced case of strep throat, to a carpet layer with chronic back pain, to the teenage victim of gun violence, you will glimpse an urban emergency department in action.

The Waiting Room

As a counterpoint, after the viewing, an esteemed panel of healthcare professionals and community leaders will discuss how MetroHealth meets the challenges of providing care for all in Cuyahoga County with compassion and high quality.

Panelists Include:

Peter Nicks, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and the director and cinematographer of The Waiting Room, will also be present to add insight and answer questions.

Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, President and CEO, National Association of Public Hospitals (NAPH)

Charles L. Emerman, MD, FACEP Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, MetroHealth and Associate Chief of Staff for Quality and Patient Safety, The MetroHealth System

J.B. Silvers, PhD HealthCare Policy and Financing Expert and Professor at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University and member of The MetroHealth System Board of Trustees

E. Harry Walker, MD, Interim Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, Primary Care PCU, The MetroHealth System

To purchase tickets for the event click here - To waive the processing cost of $2, please use the promotion code of DMmetro at the checkout.  This will result in a ticket cost of $10.  There is an additional charge for parking.

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