CLEVELAND, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System (CSA Health System) presents Cover The Uninsured Week Forum on May 3rd, 2 p.m. at Trinity Commons, 2230 Euclid Ave. The Forum discussion is part of the national week of observance and advocacy to bring health care coverage to uninsured Americans. Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA, president and chief executive officer, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System, will host a panel discussion featuring Karen Davenport, director of health policy at the Center for American Progress (CAP), Washington, D.C., a national think tank advocating health coverage for all Americans. "Living without health coverage is a fact of life for nearly 43 million Americans and 8 million children -- in Ohio, nearly 1.3 million residents are without medical coverage," said Sr. Judith Ann Karam. "With the rising cost of health care, most Americans empathize with the uninsured and agree that lawmakers need to find solutions to this growing problem. They recognize that they too could one day find themselves without health care insurance." Included in the panel discussion are Dr. Gregory L. Hall, medical director of community outreach at St. Vincent Charity Hospital; Dennis Eckart, partner, Baker Hostetler and former Ohio congressman; John A. Bastulli, M.D., president, Cleveland Anesthesia Group, Inc., which provides anesthesia and pain management services at St. Vincent Charity Hospital; Steve Millard, executive director, Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and chief operating officer, Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP); and Greg Moody, senior consultant, Health Management Associates. Jacqueline Gerber, morning host, WCLV's "First Program," will moderate the forum. Americans are again coming together for Cover the Uninsured Week to further the campaign's commitment to raise awareness about the issue -- and to turn that awareness into action. From May 1-7, 2006, individuals and organizations from every sector of society will join together to tell our leaders that health care coverage for Americans must be their top priority. As it has since 2003, the Week will mobilize thousands of business owners, union members, educators, students, patients, hospital staff, physicians, nurses, faith leaders and their congregants, and many others to raise awareness about the uninsured. According to the most recent figures available from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 46 million Americans -- including more than 8 million children -- have no health coverage. The Institute of Medicine estimates that nearly 50 people die each day because they are uninsured and cannot get the medical care they need. The Cover The Uninsured Week Forum is possible through the generous support of The Academy of Medicine, Northern Ohio Medical Association, WCLV 104.9 Classical FM, Sun Newspapers, and Twist Creative. For more local information, log on to http://www.CoverTheUninsuredWeek.us. For more national information log on to http://www.CoverTheUninsuredWeek.org. About the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System Following the 154 year tradition of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, the Cleveland-based Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System (CSA Health System) was established in 1982 and serves Canton and Cleveland, Ohio, and Columbia, South Carolina. It serves as the parent organization for four foundations, five hospitals and several health and/or social service organizations and programs. The CSA Health System sponsors and operates a leading cardiovascular health system in South Carolina, the Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals including the Providence Hospital/Providence Heart Institute. The Hospitals in Ohio are in joint ventures corporations between the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System and University Hospitals Health System which includes Mercy Medical Center, St. John West Shore Hospital, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Ohio Health Choice, a statewide preferred provider organization (PPO), Cuyahoga Physician Network and Professional Medical Equipment. Its eldercare services include Regina Health Center and joint sponsorship with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati for Light of Hearts Villa, a residential care facility in Bedford, Ohio. For more information, visit http://www.csahealthsystem.org/.
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