Support Maria Mendoza-Sanchez family. The Highland Hospital residents’ GoFundMe account, created on Monday to assist nurse Maria Mendoza-Sanchez and her family, has raised over $21,370. Mendoza-Sanchez, a nurse in the Highland Hospital telemetry-oncology department for two years, left Wednesday night. In a letter to staff, Mendoza-Sanchez thanked her “Highland Hospital family” for their support. “Although, [...]
Cinco de Mayo, the celebration of Mexican-American culture, reminded us that as a community, Alameda County embraces many cultures and draws strength from the diversity of our immigrants —whether newly arrived or longtime residents. Read more.
Originally published in Alameda Magazine. By Andrea A. Firth May 10, 2017 Alameda’s community paramedics reduce readmission rates and frequent 911 users. Patrick Corder, a firefighter and paramedic with the Alameda Fire Department and Emergency Services, doesn’t wait for people to call 911. He calls them first. On a typical Monday morning in [...]
CHP Stages Mock Car Crash, Aftermath to Warn Skyline Kids of the Dangers Highland Hospital recently teamed up with the California Highway Patrol to give teenagers a vivid warning on the dangers of drinking and driving. The CHP’s “Every 15 Minutes” DUI prevention program pulls together emergency workers and health care providers, local and [...]
Originally published in National Public Radio. February 25, 2017 NPR's Michel Martin talks with Dr. Jessica Zitter about preparing high-school students to deal with end-of-life care. Zitter is a critical care and palliative medical doctor in Oakland, Calif. Transcript MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Obviously, in our line of work, we value people who can [...]
AHS Board of Trustees Issues Resolution in Response to Recent Immigration Policy Changes The Alameda Health System (AHS) Board of Trustees has adopted a resolution reaffirming the health system's commitment to providing healthcare services for all, including vulnerable populations and the uninsured, without regard to income, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identification or citizenship. As an [...]
When it comes to treating patients, Dr. Steven Chen knows that only prescribing drugs is not enough. Read more.
Turning tragedy into action, Stefania Kaplanes, AHS trauma prevention manager, is motivated by the “saddest two hours of (each) month.” “I sit on the Alameda County Child Death Review Committee. It is the saddest two hours of the month,” Kaplanes said. “Hearing the cases motivates me to bring the best practices I learn back [...]
Originally published in FierceHealthcare. By Paige Minemyer January 13, 2017 Improving health equity and care access for underserved populations requires contributions from a variety of stakeholders both in and outside of the healthcare industry, and a new report has compiled several success stories that provide a blueprint for other areas to follow. The report, titled “Communities in Action: Pathways [...]
Originally published in East Bay Express. By Darwin BondGraham November 30, 2016 At their board meeting this evening, trustees of the Alameda Health System, which operates the county's public hospitals, affirmed that they will continue to make healthcare services available to undocumented immigrants and other populations whose care might be imperiled by the [...]