March 19: 'The Waiting Room' Film Screening & Panel
Date: March 18, 2014
Times: 6 p.m.
Location: Gilbert Science Center (GSC) Room 100
Ticket Info: This event is free and open to the public.
The Augustana Pre-Med Club and Augustana Nursing Students' Association (ANSA) will present a free film screening of the character-driven documentary "The Waiting Room," a film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The screening will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, in GSC room 100. This event is free and open to the public.
Leading a discussion on the Affordable Care Act following the film screening will be a professor and physician panel, that includes:
- Dr. Karla Abbott, RN, DNP and Nursing Instructor at Augustana
- Dr. Margaret Preston, History Chair and Associate Professor at Augustana
- Dr. Joel Johnson, associate professor of Government and International Affairs at Augustana
- Danielle Hamann, Public Policy Analyst at Avera Health
- Berne Bahnson, M.D. Psychiatry and Neurology at Avera Medical Group
The following trailer for the film offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices. The ER waiting room serves as the grounding point for the film, capturing in vivid detail what it means for millions of Americans to live without health insurance.
About the Director: Peter Nicks, the director, producer and cinematographer of the film, is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced projects for network, cable and public television exploring topics such as immigration, journalism and technology. He has also directed media strategy for two social networking start-ups and developed transmedia storytelling projects that make use of emerging social media platforms. Nicks worked as a staff producer for ABC News in New York and as a producer for the innovative PBS documentary series "Life 360." He earned his masters in documentary filmmaking from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. Nicks lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.
Pre-Med Club Co-President