Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System Presents Cover The Uninsured Week Forum May 3rd, 2.p.m: The Uninsured and the Economy: Costs and Consequences

    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
     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.
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     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,

SOURCE Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System

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