Touro University Presents "The Waiting Room"

Vallejo News, February 14, 2013 (Issue 63)
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Touro University California will be hosting a special screening of "The Waiting Room," a locally filmed documentary that explores the impact of U.S. healthcare policy on Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. "The Waiting Room" captures, in vivid detail, life without health insurance for millions of Americans to. The film showcases how a hospital, a multifaceted community and a common vulnerability to illness bind people together. This award-winning documentary offers a raw, intimate and uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and difficult choices.

The screening is sponsored by Touro University, NorthBay HealthCare and Sutter Solano Medical Center. Tickets are $15 for the viewing only and $50 for a champagne reception prior to the screening. Proceeds for the event will benefit Touro's Student Run Free Clinic, which is organized and run by Touro faculty and students. The Student Run Free Clinic is open every Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Vallejo at the Norman C. King Community Center and is free to all community members. 

The screening will be held at the historic Empress Theatre, located at 330 Virginia Street, at 7:00 p.m. on February 21. The film's director, Peter Nicks, will be at the screening for a discussion after the viewing.