Treating the Whole Patient

Highland Hospital’s Dr. Harrison Alter focuses on social emergency medicine, which addresses social and economic factors that cause disease. This article was originally posted in Oakland Magazine. Written by: Patrick Hoge Ever since Dr. Harrison Alter fell in love with emergency medicine while interning at Oakland’s Highland Hospital, he has become increasingly convinced that [...]

2018-06-21T15:52:13+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Categories: AHS In The News, Board of Trustees, Featured|

Accurate Influenza Testing Possible With Midturbinate Nasal Swabs

Originally published in the Infectious Disease Advisor. By Jessica Martin, Ph.D December 19, 2017 According to the results of a study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, midturbinate swabs for influenza detection provided a more comfortable experience for patients compared with traditional nasopharyngeal swabs, with only a small decrease in test sensitivity. To compare [...]

2018-06-19T21:59:34+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Categories: AHS In The News, Featured|

Top Chef Aarti Sequeira Hosts Lunch at Highland Hospital Cafe

Celebrity chef Aarti Sequeira owned the lunch crowd of about 150 patients and staff at the Alameda Health System-Highland Hospital Cafe on Thursday, with a cooking demonstration of her favorite turmeric-cumin potato dish, and a hot meal menu adapted from recipes in her new cookbook, “Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with Indian Soul.” Sequeira [...]

2018-06-19T16:44:12+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Categories: AHS In The News|

Healthcare workers act to prevent Hepatitis A outbreak in Oakland

By Drew Costley,  Posted November 9, 2017 11:49 am Hepatitis A outbreaks are spreading throughout Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Cruz counties—mostly among the homeless populations in those places. So healthcare workers in Oakland—a city where the homeless population has grown 26 percent over the last two years, according to a recent Point in Time survey—are [...]

2018-06-18T22:45:41+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Categories: AHS In The News, Featured|

Free Alameda Health Fair This Saturday

ALAMEDA, CA — Alameda residents can get free flu shots and health screenings this Saturday, Oct. 21, at Alameda Hospital’s 25th annual Community Health Fair. About 40 local community, emergency and law enforcement agencies, in addition to medical staff from Alameda Hospital programs, will provide health education and screenings, dietary counseling and tips for children’s [...]

2017-10-18T21:24:31+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Categories: AHS In The News|

Fatty liver disease fastest-growing reason for transplants in young U.S. adults

By Carolyn Crist Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and its more aggressive form, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, have become the fastest-growing reasons for liver transplants in young Americans, according to a recent study. Typically, older adults experience the slow progression of fatty liver disease that is not related to alcohol but can lead ultimately to liver cirrhosis. [...]

2018-06-18T21:59:35+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Categories: AHS In The News, Featured|

Facing the Opioid Emergency

Originally published in Oakland Magazine. By Andrea A. Firth October 16, 2017 Highland Hospital ER is seizing the moment with opioid addiction treatment. A homeless man estranged from his family and infant son. A well-groomed middle-aged businessman. A young woman and her partner. A man in his 20s, also homeless. And all addicted to [...]

2018-06-18T21:31:36+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: AHS In The News, Featured|

Dentists Treating Ever-Younger Patients

Allen Barron scrunches up his tiny face and wails as his mother gently tips him backward onto the lap of Jean Calvo, a pediatric dental resident at the University of California-San Francisco. Allen’s crying may be distressing, but his wide-open mouth allows Calvo to begin the exam. She counts his baby teeth and checks [...]

2018-06-18T20:50:02+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Categories: AHS In The News|

Opinion: Consequences of ending DACA will be huge to California

On a busy day in the adult medicine clinic at Highland Hospital, the safety-net hospital for Alameda County, patients keep clinicians on their toes as we navigate strategies to meet complex medical and social needs. With an already booked afternoon clinic, I was paired with Laura, a high school student originally from Guatemala through [...]

2018-06-18T20:13:09+00:00 September 17th, 2017|Categories: AHS In The News|

“Extremis” Documentary Filmed at Highland Hospital Receives Emmy Nominations

An award-winning documentary filmed in the Highland Hospital Intensive Care Unit has been nominated for two Documentary Emmys: Best Short Documentary and Best Editing in a Documentary. “Extremis” debuted in September on Netflix as the streaming service’s first short-form documentary. It follows the award-winning 2012 documentary “The Waiting Room,” also filmed at Highland. The [...]

2018-06-18T19:41:07+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Categories: AHS In The News|