Pictured in front, from left: Mary Helen Spear, event planner; Robin Summerfield of Sen. Ben Cardin’s office; Mark Stutzman, EMM president; Mark Boucot, president and CEO of Garrett Regional Medical Center. Back row, from left: Don Sincell;, Jennifer Lee-Steckman, GC Health Department; Jessica Josephson, EMM Board; Eric Robison, EMM Board; Patrick Hunt, event planner; Kevin Faley, EMM board; Juliana Albowicz, Sen. Van Hollen’s office; Dawn Beitzel, EMM Board; Judy Carbone, EMM board and event chair; and Robin Bissell, MD.
This is an expanded article originally published in the Garrett County Republican on August 24.
About 80 people gathered for a nonpartisan panel discussion on August 15 titled, “Who Pays? The Economics of Healthcare Coverage,” held at the Garrett College auditorium. Prior to the panel discussion, attendees were given a survey form to assess their opinions before and after the event. The questions were looking to discover the overall effectiveness of the presentation and if guests felt they left better informed. (see tabulated results below)
“Due to the complex and controversial nature of health care, a survey seemed in order. We were curious to see how much is understood about the debates on health care and area residents' concerns or opinions,” said Judy Carbone, EMM board member and event coordinator. “It’s more than a political debate. Any decision will affect services and lives.”
The event was moderated by the recently retired editor of The Garrett County Republican, Donald Sincell. He guided the evening’s conversation among guest panelists Mark Boucot, president and CEO of Garrett Regional Medical Center; Marjorie Fridkin, MD, FACS Garrett Surgical Group; James “Smokey” Stanton, MSW, board chairman of Mountain Laurel Medical Center; Jennifer Lee-Steckman, director of personal health and certified midwife with the Garrett County Health Department; and Elizabeth Collins, president of the Oakland Nursing and