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Dignity Health North State Hosts Film To Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking


Recognizing that human trafficking is the fastest growing industry in the country, Dignity Health North State is encouraging and supporting the community to take action.

On Wednesday, May 25th, the film NEFARIOUS: Merchant of Souls will be screened at the Cascade Theatre. Immediately following the film there will be a Q&A panel including Redding’s Chief of Police, Nefarious film producer, a human trafficking survivor, the Northern California Anti-Trafficking Coalition and medical professionals to discuss the local implications of this issue.

“We are anxious to pull together our community to discuss this growing epidemic. Human trafficking is affecting over 20 million lives today worldwide,” said Kim Shaw, Chief Nurse Executive and Vice President of Patient Care Services at Mercy Medical Center Redding. “The purpose of this event is to share the film and cultivate a community discussion around an issue that is in our own backyard.”

NEFARIOUS: Merchant of Souls takes a close look at modern-day human trafficking, documenting how trafficking has infiltrated our society and our communities. “Human trafficking is an illness, and we are proud to be a part of combating it here in our North State communities,” said Shaw.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $50 for VIP. The VIP tickets include pre-film networking, wine and appetizers at Market Street Steak House. The event is sponsored and cohosted by Dignity Health North State, the Northern California Anti-Trafficking Coalition, the McConnell Foundation, Moseley Family Cellars and the Record Searchlight.

Visit www.cascadetheatre.org to purchase general admission and VIP tickets online, call 530.243.8877 or stop by the Cascade Theatre Box Office at 1731 Market Street, Redding. 

About Dignity Health North State

Mercy Medical Center Redding, St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, and Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta are Dignity Health North State hospitals sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of Auburn. The hospitals are passionate about patient care, committed to community outreach, advocates for the underserved, and dedicated to delivering quality, affordable health services to those in need.  All three hospitals have been honored with numerous awards.  Mercy Medical Center Redding has received National Research Corporation’s Consumer Choice Award for eight consecutive years and the Healthgrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for three consecutive years. St. Elizabeth Community Hospital received a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospital in the Nation for seven consecutive years – an honor no other California hospital of its size has achieved. Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta has been recognized as a Top 100 Critical Access hospital in the Nation by the National Rural Health Association.  The hospitals also offer a broad array of outpatient services and the senior services of the Golden Umbrella Adult Day Health Care and Shasta Senior Nutrition Programs. 

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