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Medical expert to speak at meeting in Craig

The Bears Ears Patriots will host a meeting today with the state of health care in the U.S. as the focus.

The meeting, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7, will give those in attendance the chance to hear from a medical expert about health care.

Kelly Victory, a medical expert and health care consultant for the Republican National Committee, will address how recent actions by the federal government will impact citizens across the country. The meeting is open to the public.

A news release from the Bear Ears Patriots listed the objective of the meeting as a way to educate and inform residents about the topic of health care reform in order to repeal a recent congressional bill and replace it with a platform more attuned to the needs of American citizens.

"It's just our monthly meeting, and we were lucky to get a speaker who really wanted to come and talk to us," said Jeanie Durham of the Bears Ears Patriots.

Durham described herself and the rest of the group as being "participants" rather than members, because the group is uninterested in formal membership.

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"We're a group of concerned American citizens," she said.

Durham said she personally wanted to hear more about the health care issue and is glad to have someone with experience weigh in on the subject.

"We've got somebody who'll give us a fair and balanced opinion about health care," she said.

Durham said she wants to "stay open-minded" about the issue, but she wants to hear from someone she trusts within the field.

Victory's history in medicine includes more than 15 years of clinical experience as a trauma and emergency specialist, with special training in disaster preparedness and the medical management of mass casualties.

She served as the chief medical officer for Whole Health Management for more than seven years, managing a team of more than 800 health professionals in providing health services to Fortune 500 companies. She later became a full-time medical consultant for the Republican National Committee, as well as for political candidates like Newt Gingrich.

Victory, whose education includes undergraduate work at Duke University and a medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has lectured at locales nationwide, including the University of Notre Dame and Harvard Business School, as well as serving on the Leadership Council at the Harvard School of Public Health.

If you go

What: Public presentation on health care issues, hosted by Bear Ears Patriots

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7

• Medical expert and Republican National Committee medical consultant Kelly Victory will discuss the state of U.S. health care. For more information, call Matt Winey at 326-7580.

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