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Uninsured Myths & Facts

MYTH: People without health coverage don’t work.

FACT: Eight out of ten people who are uninsured are in working families.

MYTH: Most uninsured people in the United States are minorities

FACT: Non-Hispanic whites make up half of the uninsured.

MYTH: Most people without health insurance are poor.

FACT: In 2005, more than 32 million of the uninsured had household incomes of $25,000 or more, compared with 14.6 million in house- holds earning less. (The federal poverty level for a family of four in 2005 was $19,350.)

MYTH: It doesn’t really matter whether a person has health insurance.

FACT: An estimated 18,000 - 22,000 Americans die each year because they don’t have health coverage, according to studies conducted by the nonpartisan Institute of Medicine and the Urban Institute.

MYTH:Virtually everyone who works for a large employer has health coverage.

FACT: In 2005, 23.1 percent of the nation’s uninsured workers age 18-64 were in firms employing more than 500 people.

MERIT Mentors

Congratulations to the following peo- ple for outstanding conduct that exempli- fies Mission’s MERIT core values of Merc , Excellence, Respect, Integrity and Trust/Teamwork.

Gold MERIT Mentor – Jason Mehler, Mission Children’s Clinic Huff Center Therapies. Jason went the extra mile to make sure a child received the necessary appointments and treatments.

Silver MERIT Mentor – Bryanna Gibbs, RN, of the St. Joseph post operative unit, for her acute atten- tion to details and her determination to make sure all patients are exceptionally taken care of with a positive and exuber- ant attitude.

Department MERIT

Mentors

Brian Wiig, RN

Adult Medicine

Jessica Troglione

Adult Medicine

Myra C. Baker

Copestone

Zach Blaylock

CVICU

Zachery Blaylock

CVICU

Sandra Monigold

Emergency Dept.

Sherri Angel

Emergency Dept.

Jacqueline Cutler

Endoscopy

Robin Hardister

General Surgery

Zachary Clement

General Surgery

MERIT Mentors

Annette Racer

ASC

Sharon Glover

Clinical Inform.

Jennifer Freeman

Copestone

Sandra Fullington

Copestone

Ammie Taylor

Emergency Dept.

Teresa Orozco

Emergency Dept.

Annette McClure

Endoscopy

Linda Beckham

Endoscopy

Faye Hickey

Medical/Cardio.

Carol Brennan

Neurosciences

Chelsie Armstrong

Neurosciences

Christy Newman

Neurosciences

Missy Rogers

Neurosciences

Sherri Brown

Neurosciences

Katie Fisher

NTICU

Sheila Plemmons

Operating Room

Jenny Bradley (Jenny)

Orthopedics

Margaret Kerr

Pediatrics

Jamie Seagraves

Radiology Diag.

Jennifer Castelloe

Rehab. Svcs.

Jessica Dietrich

Rehab Svcs.

Joshua Gleeson-Warren

Rehab Svcs.

Elizabeth Mingee

Respiratory Svcs.

Linda Holder

Neurosciences

Terry Short

NTICU

Deborah Goss

Radiology

James Bowers

Respiratory Svcs.

Beverly Britt

Safe Kids

Lynn Cutrell

Spine Unit

Amy Buckner

Staffing pool

Rebecca Scipior

Trauma Care

“Bids for Kids” Auction to Benefit Arts for Life

The Arts and Crafts Connection, a local volunteer group, is sponsoring Bids for Kids, A Spring Auction and Chocolate Symphon , to benefit Arts For Life on May 17, 7 - 10 p.m. at the Biltmore Lake Clubhouse.

Arts For Life is a nonprofit organiza- tion dedicated to improving the lives and healthcare experiences of children and adolescents battling cancer and other serious illnesses. The program is very active at Mission. Their visual art, cre- ative writing, and music programs

decrease patient stress and anxiet , keep patients active and engaged, and help

families cope with the realities of illness.

You’ll not want to miss this exciting evening of divine chocolates, live music and fabulous auction items! For tickets contact spolet@aol.com. For further information on Arts For Life, go to the web site (www.theartsforlife.org).

Scope • April 18, 2008 • 5

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