Battling the opioid epidemic: New research shows access to opioid use disorder treatment in emergency rooms saves lives

OAKLAND, Calif., March 26, 2024 -- Patients who receive buprenorphine for opioid use disorder (OUD) in the Emergency Department (ED) are more likely to remain engaged in treatment 30 days later. That's according to new research conducted from seven California EDs including Alameda Health System's (AHS) at the Wilma Chan Highland Hospital Campus in Oakland, Calif. Dr. Andrew Herring, emergency [...]

Celebrating the contributions of women physicians at AHS

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Alameda Health System (AHS) spotlights women physician trailblazers including our first permanent female chief medical officer (CMO), Felicia Tornabene, MD, and her executive leadership team, Porshia Mack, MD, and associate chief medical officer, ambulatory services and Andrea Wu, MD, and associate chief medical officer, acute care services. The most [...]

2024-03-18T23:07:58+00:00March 18th, 2024|Categories: CEO Chronicles, Featured|

AHS’s Epic Community Connect links vulnerable patients to quality care

Alameda Health System (AHS) has partnered with Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless (ACHCH) to bring greater access to quality care through our Epic Community Connect platform. “This groundbreaking partnership signifies a major step forward in our mission to provide comprehensive care to those who need it most,” said Mark Amey, chief information officer. [...]

2024-03-18T23:01:40+00:00March 18th, 2024|Categories: CEO Chronicles, Featured|

AHS social workers are building healthier communities one patient at a time

Cindy Muñoz, licensed clinical social worker in integrated behavioral health (IBH) at the Wilma Chan Highland Hospital Campus (WCHHC) is frequently surprised and deeply moved by how often her patients express their gratitude for feeling seen, heard and supported in a health care setting. “For many patients, it’s the first time they have had space [...]

2024-03-19T23:03:41+00:00March 18th, 2024|Categories: CEO Chronicles, Featured|

Unleashing the power of COVID-19 sniffing dogs

Scarlett, a three-year-old yellow labrador and medical detection dog along with her canine coworker Rizzo were working their tails off and making friends recently at Park Bridge Rehabilitation & Wellness as part of a pilot program that uses dogs to help identify COVID-19. “We were excited to partner with Early Alert Canines (EAC) for this pilot [...]

2024-03-18T22:36:29+00:00March 18th, 2024|Categories: CEO Chronicles, Featured|

This is where Alameda County ranks on a list of human trafficking hot spots

The AHS Index is a new way to look at data that illuminates a snapshot of our world today. It is intended to highlight health inequities and spark conversation, debate, outrage, and wonder.  Percent of the world's poorest one billion people who are women: 70  Percent of human trafficking victims worldwide who are women and [...]

Tips to prepare to spring forward!

Daylight saving time (DST) begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10 and while we welcome the extra hour of daylight in the evenings, the annual ritual of “spring forward” also means that we lose an hour’s sleep. “Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life,” shared Porshia Mack, MD, [...]

2024-03-05T18:55:26+00:00March 5th, 2024|Categories: Featured|

Rare birthdays: Meet a few of Alameda Health System’s leap year babies

The babies born at Alameda Health System's Family Birthing Center on Feb. 29 have rare birthdays that will only come around every four years. Luz Sanchez gave birth to her baby girl, Dayami, at 6:27 a.m. “This is the day I did not want to give birth," Sanchez said. "She’s not going to have a [...]

Highland dermatologist changing status quo on skin diseases in Black patients

Research shows skin diseases are often overlooked in Black patients because they look different on skin of color than they do on white skin. The impact can be deadly. Alameda Health System Dermatology Chief Dr. Leon Clark is working to change that. He spoke to KTVU about his commitment to treating health disparities in Black [...]