For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 280-8771

An Intimate Film Screening of Award-Winning "The Waiting Room" with Director Peter Nicks

Presented by Touro University California and sponsored by NorthBay HealthCare and Sutter Solano Medical Center to benefit Health Education

(Vallejo, CA –, January 17, 2013) – Touro University California (TUC) announces a special benefit screening of the award-winning documentary, “The Waiting Room,” a character-driven film that goes behind the doors of Oakland’s Highland Hospital to reveal how a group of clinicians care for a community of largely uninsured patients.

This special screening, presented by TUC, NorthBay HealthCare and Sutter Solano Medical Center, will be at 7 p.m. on February 21, 2013 at the Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street in Historic Downtown Vallejo. Proceeds of the screening will benefit Touro University California’s Student-Run Free Clinic in Vallejo, a free health clinic organized and staffed by faculty and students from TUC.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Director Peter Nicks, TUC’s Associate Dean Dr. Gregg Lund, and other cast members.

“The Waiting Room” captures in vivid detail what it means for millions of Americans to live without health insurance. It showcases how a hospital, a multifaceted community, and a common vulnerability to illness bind people together.

“By following the caregivers and patients as they passed through the waiting room, we felt we could shed some light on the challenges of delivering primary health care in an environment designed for emergency medicine,” said Peter Nicks, director of his newest film, “The Waiting Room.”

A trailer of the video can be seen at “The Waiting Room” has garnered an array of awards, including the “Audience Award for Best Documentary” in the San Francisco Int’l Film Festival, Golden Gate Award, Full Frame Film Festival, and was recently nominated for the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Tickets to the benefit include two options: $50 for Champagne Reception, which begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes champagne, hor d'oeuvres, valet parking, reserved seating, screening and panel discussion; $15 for screening and panel discussion only. Tickets can be purchased at

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