National Town Hall Meeting on
Children's Health Coverage

Susan Dentzer
Lead health correspondent
The NewsHour with
Jim Lehrer

January 11, 2007, 12:00 PM ET

The Campaign for Children's Health Care partnered with six national hospital associations to organize a national town hall meeting via satellite (and simultaneous webcast). The event was held in hospitals nationwide at 12:00 PM ET on Thursday, January 11, 2007. (See the National Town Hall Meeting Webcast and Transcript)

This town hall meeting highlighted the importance of providing all children with adequate health care coverage. The 35-minute national program was broadcast via satellite from Washington, D.C., beginning at 12:00 pm EST, followed by a local event at each participating location. The national program included a discussion about the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Medicaid, and the plight of uninsured children by national health care leaders and policy experts. The event was moderated by Susan Dentzer, lead health correspondent for PBS’s The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

The national program featured:
   Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)
   Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
   Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)
   Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR)

After the national event, local town hall meetings conducted a discussion among the local audience, community leaders, and elected officials.

Click here to find out if a town hall meeting was held in your area. For more information, please contact the event coordinator listed under your local town hall meeting site.

Association of American Medical Colleges
American Hospital Association
Campaign for Children's Health Care
Catholic Health Association of the United States
Families USA
Federation of American Hospitals
National Association of Children’s Hospitals
National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems

(alphabetical by state)

Regional co-hosts are highlighted in blue.
Are you hosting a town hall meeting?
Click here for materials and more information. 


Tuscon, AZ
Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital
1601 W. St. Mary's Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745-2682
Contact: Maricela Solis de Kester


Los Angeles, CA
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Contact: Gail Margolis

San Diego, CA
Rady Children's Hospital and Health
3020 Children's Way
San Diego, CA 92123
Contact: Barbara Ryan

San Francisco, CA
Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland
Out Patient Center Auditorium
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA 94609
Contact: Mary Dean


Grand Junction, CO
St. Mary's Hospital
2635 North 7th St.
Grand Junction, Colorado 81502
Contact: Dan Prinster


Bridgeport, CT
St. Vincent's Medical Center
2800 Main St.
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Contact: Lorraine Carrano


Miami, FL
University of Miami
with Children's Trust, Alliance for Human Services,
and United Way of Miami-Dade 
Mailman Center for Child Development
1601 NW 12th Ave.
Miami, FL 33136
Contact: John Ise


Boise, ID
St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
Centennial Suite
1055 N. Curtis Rd.
Boise, ID 83706
Contact: Corey Surber 


Chicago, IL
St. Anthony Hospital
2875 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60623
Contact: Jim Sifuentes

Springfield, IL
St. John's Hospital
Parrie Heart Institute
Dove Conference Center
619 E. Mason St.
Springfield, IL 62701
Contact: Brian Reardon 


Evansville, IN
St. Mary's Hospital for Women and Children
3700 Washington Avenue
Evansville, IN 47750
Contact: Jeff Jones

Indianapolis, IN
St. Vincent Children's Hospital
2001 West 86th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Contact: Jean Farison


Des Moines, IA
Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines
East Tower Auditorium
1111 6th Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50314
Contact: Laura Wenman


Portland, ME
Maine Medical Center and
The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital
Charles A. Dana Education Center
22 Bramhall St.
Portland, ME 04102
Contact: Abby Greenfield


Baltimore, MD
St. Agnes Hospital
900 Caton Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21229
Contact: Nancy Creighton


Kalamazoo, MI
Borgess Medical Center
Lawrence Education Center
1521 Gull Rd.
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Contact: Margaret Patton

Tawas City, MI
St. Joseph Health System
Classrooms A and B
200 Hemlock
Tawas City, MI 48764
Contact: Cathy Maxwell


St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Children's Hospital
1 Childrens Pl.
St Louis, 63110
Contact: Deidre Murphy


Billings, MT
St. Vincent Healthcare
Mansfield Health Education Center
2900 12th Ave N
Billings, MT 59101
Contact: Tracy Neary

New Hampshire

Manchester, NH
Catholic Medical Center
Roy Auditorium
100 McGregor St.
Manchester, NH 03102
Contact: Paul Mertzic

New York

Albany, NY
St. Mary's Hospital
with Seton Health System

Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Ave.
Troy, NY 12180
Contact: Jerri Cortese

New York, NY
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian
with the Children's Health Fund of New York
Wintergarden Lobby
3959 Broadway
New York, NY 10032
Contact: Karen Wish

Valhalla, NY
Blythedale Children's Hospital
with the School of Public Health
at New York Medical College

95 Bradhurst Ave.
Valhalla, NY 10595
Contact: Regina Kelly


Cleveland, OH
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
11100 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Contact: Heidi Gartland

Columbus, OH
Mount Carmel West Hospital
793 W State St.
Columbus, OH 43222
Contact: Russ Kennedy

Toledo, OH
Mercy Children's Hospital
2222 Cherry St.
Toledo, OH 43608
Contact: Cecelia Chaudhary


Portland, OR
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Souther Auditorium
9205 SW Barnes Rd.
Portland, OR 97225
Contact: A. Louise Hoy


Philadelphia, PA
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Stokes Auditorium
34th St. and Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact: Suzanne Ramsey


Austin, TX
Children's Hospital of Austin
University of Texas
Joe C. Thompson Conference Center
2405 Robert Dedman Dr.
Austin, TX 78712
Contact: Ashton Cumberbatch, Jr.

Dallas, TX
Children's Medical Center Dallas
1935 Motor St.
Dallas, Texas 75235
Contact: Julia Easley

Houston, TX
Texas Children's Hospital
Feigin Center Large Conference Room
6621 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77030
Contact: Denise Rose

San Antonio, TX
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital
Goldsbury Center for Children and Families
5th Floor Auditorium
333 N Santa Rosa
San Antonio, TX 78207
Contact: Vicki Perkins


Salt Lake City, UT
Primary Children's Medical Center
3rd Floor Auditorium
100 N. Medical Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
Contact: Bonnie Midget

Washington, DC

Washington, DC
George Washington University Hospital
900 23rd St., NW
Washington, DC 20037
Contact: Maryellen Barreca

West Virginia

Wheeling, WV
Wheeling Hospital
1 Medical Park
Wheeling, WV 26003-6300
Contact: Greg Warren


Monroe, WI
Monroe Clinic
Founders Hall
515 22nd Avenue
Monroe, WI 53566
Contact: Jan Sanders

If you are interested in hosting a local town hall meeting, please contact Maryellen Barreca at
202-879-0299 or for more information.