In the midst of all of the vitriol surrounding health care in America, at ground zero in the animadversion concerning costs, are real flesh and blood people. Us.
"It is impossible to care for the health care poor without seeing the faces of the people." John E. Curley Jr.:President The Catholic Health Care Association
Fifth Operation in Nineteen Months
"The very agencies that are there to serve the elderly have policies that totally disregard their needs." Margarita Prentice: a nurse, Mount St. Vincent Nursing Center.
Dressing her Wound
"We are a society that has no room for people who can't compete. We don't see the poor. And we blame them for what's happened to them." Dr. David Hilfaker: a Washington D.C. physician who works with the poor
Homeless in Nashville
Mother and Daughter at Clinic
"We cannot continue to pour billions of dollars into neonatal centers when we don't inoculate our children or provide prenatal care." Former Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-CT)
Pediatric Care Center
"When will we understand if it begins badly, it ends badly?" Leland Kaiser: Futurist
I took these photos for the Daughters of Charity National Health Care Systems as part of photographic project for the Catholic Health Association of the United States. They were part of the book "The Health Care Poor" published by the CSA (ISBN 0-87125-199-X) and were included in a companion traveling exhibit designed by Ed Giganti. These photos were also used in the DCNHS annual report.