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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Healthcare in America needs to be at the center of the national conversation.

OCTOBER 8: You can be a part of that discussion.
From David Henley

Wood River Health Services will be hosting the broadcast of an important new documentary on healthcare in the US, ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, followed by an interactive web cast of a panel discussion on the film. 

An official selection at Sundance , Escape Fire has won awards at film festivals across the country. It was purchased and presented on CNN earlier this summer, but they have released it for community showings. 

The film was called "compelling," "provocative and often disturbing," and "an unparalleled  unflinching and quite frankly unflattering look at one of the most pressing American contemporary issues," by critics, who also said it "should be seen as the starting point for a mature new debate on the subject."

"Want to fix healthcare? Start by watching a movie tonight." - Huffington Post, March 2013.

The web panel, with Dyana Koelsch as moderator, will include RI Health Center Association CEO Jane Hayward, Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI CEO Peter Andruszkiewicz, RI Foundation CEO  Neil Steinberg,  and Care New England CEO Dennis Keefe, among others.

There is an additional motivator for healthcare professionals to see the movie:

"In an unprecedented professional education opportunity, watching the film will qualify for two (2) Prescribed CME credits from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which can translate via reciprocity into American Medical Association (AMA) Category 1 credits. For CNE credits, the film will qualify for one and half (1.5) CNE credits from This is a unique chance for healthcare providers from around the country to join the millions tuning in to elevate and deepen the national dialogue about our healthcare system and our role in leading it out of crisis."

Please join us Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Westerly Library starting at 5 p.m. Refreshments and light fare will be served, followed by Escape Fire at 5:30 and the webcast at 7:00.
This screening is open to the public, so please forward this invitation to anyone you think might be interested and they can use the link to register. While registration is not a requirement, it will help us in ordering sufficient refreshments. 

To register, go to or call Dave Henley at (401) 387-9628
For more information go to