To kick off the holiday season, all Alameda Health System is participating in a virtual food drive. Instead of dragging those clunky cans to a bin, participate at your leisure anywhere you have internet connectivity. Your donation will go to the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB). As you know, many of AHS’ patients and members of [...]
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 acting [...]
As National Hospice and Palliative Care month, November is an appropriate time to reflect on the importance of this service not just for end-of-life care, but as an extra layer of support for patients of any age who are facing serious illnesses. The focus of palliative care is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual care [...]
Observant toddler Elena sits on her mother’s lap as she scans the dental exam room. She looks at the camera, she looks at the dental tools, and she looks at Pamela Alston, DDS, director of dental health services at the Alameda Health System (AHS) Eastmont Wellness Center. Alston, who has been a general dentist [...]
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. [...]
Facing the Opioid Emergency 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 opioids, either prescription medications such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone [...]
Alameda Health System loves babies so much we have an entire facility dedicated to their arrival called the Highland Hospital Family Birthing Center. While labor and delivery can be intense, AHS knows the real work starts at home. Most important for parents and caregivers is developing safe sleeping habits for baby. In 2014 about 3,500 infants died suddenly and unexpectedly in the [...]
Alameda Health System today announced the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) verified Highland Hospital as an adult Level 1 Trauma Center, the highest designation given by the national organization. This recognition for excellence makes Highland Hospital the only adult Level 1 trauma facility in the East Bay. Alameda Health System Highland Hospital provides essential health [...]
I WAS leafing through a patient’s chart last year when a colleague tapped me on the shoulder. “I have a patient who is asking about the End of Life Option Act,” he said in a low voice. “Can we even do that here?" Read More.
Highland Hospital has been elevated to a Level 1 adult trauma center, the only one in the East Bay. Read More.