MANCHESTER - The Stram Center for Integrative Medicine presents the only area screening of the award-winning documentary ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare at the Village Picture Shows in Manchester, VT on Thursday, November 1st at 6:30 p.m. This special evening event features an introduction and Q & A session following the film with Dr. Ronald Stram, MD, the Founder and Medical Director of the Stram Center.

Directed and produced by Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke, ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken healthcare system? American healthcare costs are rising so rapidly that they could reach $4.2 trillion annually, roughly 20% of our gross domestic product, within ten years. We spend $300 billion a year on pharmaceutical drugs - almost as much as the rest of the world combined. We pay more, yet our health outcomes are worse. About 65% of Americans are overweight and almost 75% of healthcare spending goes to preventable diseases that are the major causes of disability and death in our society. It's not surprising that healthcare is at the top of many Americans' concerns and at the center of an intense political firestorm in our nation's Capitol. But the current battle over cost and access does not ultimately address the root of the problem: we have a disease-care system, not a healthcare system.


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This film examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo, a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, and for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care. ESCAPE FIRE is about finding a way out of our current crisis. It's about saving the health of a nation. For more information on the film or to view the trailer, visit the ESCAPE FIRE website at www.escapefiremovie.com.

Dr. Ronald Stram, M.D. is the Founder and Medical Director of the Stram Center for Integrative Medicine in Delmar, NY since 2003 and Bennington, VT since 2011. Dr. Stram's 24 year experience in emergency medicine has confirmed his belief that prevention and lifestyle management is a key element for the health of individuals and society as a whole. Dr. Stram completed the Integrative Medicine fellowship program at the University of Arizona directed by Dr. Andrew Weil in 2003 and began his private practice where he successfully treats patients through integrative modalities. He is committed to providing his patients with the best possible care integrating conventional medicine with complementary therapies.

Tickets go on sale Friday, October 12th at the Stram Center office and the Village Picture Shows box office. General admission for the event is $10. The Stram Center for Integrative Medicine (www.stramcenter.com) is located at 530 Main Street, Bennington, VT in the rear entrance of Panache facing Pleasant Street. Their phone number is 802.445.3152. The Village Picture Shows (www.villagepictureshows.com) is located at 263 Depot Street, Manchester. The Box Office phone number is 802-362-2982.