Presented by Film Streams and the Center for Health Partnerships at Nebraska Methodist College. A panel discussion will follow the film, featuring: MJ Egan, Staff Nurse, The Nebraska Medical Center; Dr. William G. Gossman, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Creighton University School of Medicine; Rosanna Morris, Sr. Vice President, Patient Care Services / Chief Nursing Officer, The Nebraska Medical Center; and Dr. Robert Muelleman, Chair, UNMC Department of Emergency Medicine. Moderated by Dr. Richard O’Brien, professor at Creighton University's Center for Health Policy and Ethics.
ABOUT THE FILM: With extraordinary, behind-the-scenes access at an American public hospital, THE WAITING ROOM weaves the stories of several patients—as well as the staff charged with caring for them—as they cope with the complexity of the nation’s health care system, while weathering the storm of a national recession.
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. Young victims of gun violence take their turn alongside artists and small business owners who lack insurance. Steel workers, taxi cab drivers and international asylum seekers crowd the halls.
Through their stories, THE WAITING ROOM lays bare the struggle and determination of both a community and an institution coping with limited resources and no road map for navigating a health care landscape marked by historic economic and political dysfunction. It is a film about one hospital, its multifaceted community, and how our common vulnerability to illness binds us together as humans.