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Science Café on the Coast to Present Screening of The Invisible Patients: Life at the Edge of the Health Care System

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Science Café on the Coast, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Library, will present a screening of the documentary "The Invisible Patients: Life at the Edges of the Health Care System" Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pass Christian Public Library.

The Invisible Patients tells the story of Jessica Macleod, a nurse practitioner, and four homebound patients she cares for in Evansville, Ind. Together, they put a human face on some of the most urgent healthcare issues facing our nation, from the living conditions of the elderly poor and end-of-life care, to the soaring costs of hospitalization, complexity of insurance and over-prescription of opiates. Their stories reveal the emotional, as well as financial burdens, created by our current system and the need for solutions.

Patrick O’Connor, the film’s producer and director, will be in attendance to lead a discussion following the screening. O’Connor is a filmmaker who has worked in marketing for health care systems, as well as numerous nonprofit organizations, through his company O’Connor Creative.

Science Café on the Coast is a collaboration between Southern Miss Gulf Coast Libraries, Harrison County Library System, Long Beach Public Library and Hancock County Library System. This event offers those with minimal background in science the chance to meet and discuss scientific issues in a relaxed social setting. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Friends of the Pass Christian Library will sponsor a reception at 6:30 p.m. with a screening of the film beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, email passchristianlibrary@gmail.com or call the Pass Christian Public Library at 228.452.4596.