State Of Emergency
Joe Mantegna is Dr. John Novelli, overworked in the under-staffed and under-financed emergency room of the East End Medical Center. Working with his head nurse Dehlia Johnson (Lynn Whitfield), Novelli is abrasive and sometimes downright rude, but he gets the job done - and the job is saving lives. Novelli is up against a crumbling hospital system, a system that can't afford the equipment or manpower it needs for the endless stream of emergencies a doctor faces. When car-crash victim Jim Anderson is wheeled in one night, he seems in good shape, but vital equipment is malfunctioning, and without it Novelli can't be sure. Suddenly and unexpectedly Anderson's life hangs in the balance and the only man who can save him has to make a choice between breaking the rules and saving a life, or following the rules and watching his patient die.