On Monday, March 18th at Tennessee Tech University, WCTE and Indie Lens Pop-Up are presenting an informative Town Hall on rural healthcare featuring local medical experts, as well as a screening of the powerful and timely Independent Lens documentary, The Providers.
The event is free and open to the public. After a preview screening of the documentary, the panel of local professionals will be discussing the urgent situation and solutions. This issue is especially pressing for this community because the Cumberland River Hospital recently closed its doors on March 1. The Town Hall will be streamed live on WCTE’s website so all those interested in the issues surrounding rural healthcare can watch, and will air on WCTE Monday, April 8th at 9pm, in advance of the film’s premiere. The panelists will include Paul Korth, CEO of Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Dr. Chuck Womack, Retired MD, former Mayor, and Cookeville City Council, area doctors who face the struggles of rural healthcare every day and an attorney specializing in elder care.
The Providers, a powerful and timely new Independent Lens documentary, premiering on PBS, Monday, April 8, 10-11:30pm ET (check local listings), presents a revealing up-close look at dedicated medical practitioners making a positive impact on the lives of their patients that can often mean the difference between life and death. With unflinchingly intimate access, the timely film shows the transformative power of the providers’ relationships with their patients who would otherwise be left behind by the healthcare system. The film will also be available for streaming beginning April 9.