The Waiting Room | 2012

Documentary
Oakland's Highland Hospital, Alameda County's busiest medical center for trauma cases, struggles to care for the community that is largely uninsured and indigent.
Director: Peter Nicks
Writers: Peter Nicks
Awards: 4 wins & 2 nominations | full awards »

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Open’hood, Inc.

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Peer Review Films

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Synopsis

Go behind the doors of Oakland's Highland Hospital, a safety-net hospital fighting for survival while weathering the storm of a persistent economic downturn. Stretched to the breaking point, Highland is the primary care facility for 250,000 patients of nearly every nationality, race and religion, with 250 patients - most of them uninsured - crowding its emergency room every day. The film offers a raw, intimate and often uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers cope with disease, bureaucracy, frustration, hope and hard choices during one typically hectic day.

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