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"Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare"

On September 17, 2013, the Department of Nursing will host a screening of the provocative new documentary Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. The screening will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Adanti Student Center Theater, to be followed by a panel discussion featuring hosted by Jocelyn Maminta from WTNH News 8. These speakers will bring a broad range of expertise to discuss Escape Fire’s central theme: How do we fix our broken healthcare system?

In collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Escape Fire will be screened at over 70 locations across the country on September 17, facilitating national conversation around healthcare and the state of health and health education in America.

Directed by Matthew Heineman and Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated Susan Froemke, Escape Fire premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and has won numerous awards, including the Human Rights Award at the Full Frame Film Festival and the Social Issue Award at the Silverdocs Film Festival. The film exposes the perverse nature of American healthcare, contrasting the powerful forces opposing change with the compelling stories of pioneering leaders and the patients they seek to help.

The feature-length documentary stresses the importance of changing healthcare in the public and private sectors to focus on prevention rather than costly disease-management to save dollars and lives. It also highlights the need to empower individuals and communities to promote health and wellness.

Escape Fire features Dr. Don Berwick, former head of Medicare and Medicaid and founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Dr. Steven Nissen, chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic; Dr. Dean Ornish, founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute; and Dr. Andrew Weil, founder of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Two of the most compelling subjects in the film are Dr. Erin Martin, a young primary care doctor struggling to help the “revolving door of patients” she is forced to see and and Sgt. Robert Yates, a young soldier who struggles to wean himself off a deadly cocktail of drugs prescribed for chronic pain and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The film played in theaters across the country in the fall of 2012 and had its World Television Premiere on CNN March 10, 2013.

“The goal of the film is to spark an honest and important dialogue about the future of healthcare,” said Escape Fire Director, Matthew Heineman.

The mission of the IHI Open School is to advance health care improvement and patient safety competencies in the next generation of health professionals worldwide. Launched in September 2008, the IHI Open School provides students of medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacy, health administration, dentistry, and other allied health professions with the opportunity to learn about quality improvement and patient safety at no charge.

Dr. Don Berwick recently stated, "Through the medium of film, "Escape Fire" is opening the eyes of the public to both the problems of health care - which has wandered in many ways from the full pursuit of healing -- and the potential of health care when it is organized around wellness, development, and a holistic view of mind, body, and spirit."

Escape Fire is also available on DVD, iTunes, and other digital sites.

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