About Us2023-09-28T17:59:18+00:00

Welcome to Alameda Health System. Since 1864, we have served the East Bay’s health care needs. We continue to adapt and transform, caring for a growing and diverse community.

We are committed to excellence in everything we do, with patient and family centered health care at the core.

As a longtime pillar in our communities, we lead in extending care, wellness, and prevention to all. We are a haven for the most vulnerable among us; an advocate for equitable, compassionate and culturally sensitive care regardless of social and financial barriers. We are in the vanguard of medical excellence, with a teaching hospital that draws the nation’s best medical students.

Our mission – Caring, Healing, Teaching, Serving All – concisely conveys our vital role, and our heartfelt responsibility to promote wellness, eliminate disparities and optimize the health of our communities.

See our strategic plan, Paving the Way to Excellence for All

For At-A-Glance factsheet about AHS. click here.

Our Mission

Caring, Healing, Teaching, Serving All

Our Vision

Alameda Health System will be recognized as a world-class patient and family centered system of care that promotes wellness, eliminates disparities and optimizes the health of our diverse communities.

Our Promise

Other health systems commit to care – We live the promise of community health.
Other health systems serve some – We serve all.
Other health systems heal – We train, teach and lead.
Other health systems provide health care – We educate and enable people to better care for themselves.
Other health systems support the community – We are the community.

Alameda Health System (AHS) is an integrated public health care system of five hospitals and four wellness centers with over 800 beds and 1,000 physicians. Founded in 1864 as Alameda County Infirmary, we’ve forged a legacy of commitment to our communities.

By the 1920s, our Fairmont Hospital emerged as the first public rehabilitation facility in the West. In 1927, Highland Hospital opened, pioneering its own school of nursing. The ‘60s brought an innovative network of neighborhood-based clinics, essential for wellness and preventive care.

John George Psychiatric Hospital opened in 1992, as our separate components consolidated into what is now Alameda Health System, employing over 4,500 and charged with ensuring quality health care for all. Most recently, AHS added San Leandro and Alameda hospitals.

The heart of the AHS mission – Caring, Healing, Teaching, Serving All – continues to drive innovation, change and growth as we promote wellness and eliminate health care disparities.

2022 CMQCC Quality and Sustainability Award
California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative

2022 “Quest for Zero” Award, Excellence in Emergency Department
Highland, Alameda, and San Leandro ED
BETA HealthCare Group

2021 Mission Lifeline Silver STEMI
2021 Mission Lifeline Silver NSTEMI
American Heart Association
Highland Hospital

Level 1 Adult Trauma Center Designation
American College of Surgeons
Highland Hospital

“Baby Friendly” Designation
World Health Organization and UNICEF
Highland Hospital

Primary Stroke Center Certification
American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission
Alameda Hospital

Get with the Guidelines—Stroke Gold Plus Quality Award
Get with the Guidelines—Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Award
American Heart Association
Alameda Hospital

Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus
American Heart Association, American Stroke Association
Alameda Hospital

Five-Star Quality Rating for Nursing Homes
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Fairmont Hospital/Alameda Hospital

Performance Excellence Awards
Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes
Highland Hospital/Alameda Hospital

C-Section Honor Roll
California Health and Human Services and Smart Care California
Highland Hospital

CenteringPregnancy Approved Site
Centering Healthcare Institute
Highland Wellness

Always Events Recognition
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Patient Care Technician Program, Highland Hospital

Quest for Zero: Excellence in ED Recognition
BETA Healthcare Group
Highland Hospital/Alameda Hospital/San Leandro Hospital

Quest for Zero: Excellence in OB Recognition
BETA Healthcare Group
Highland Hospital

Laboratory Accreditation
College of American Pathologists
Highland Hospital

Blood Bank and Transfusion Service Accreditation
American Association of Blood Banks
Highland Hospital

Echocardiography Lab Accreditation
The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission
Highland Hospital

Oakland Magazine’s Best Doctors
Dr. Alden Harkin (Department of Surgery)
Dr. Ken Schneider (Department of Pathology)
Dr. Evan Seevak (Department of Ambulatory and Preventive Medicine)

Quality Leaders Award Honorable Mention
California Association of Public Hospitals/Safety Net Institute
Dr. Indhu Subramanian (Department of Medicine) and our sepsis team

2012 Emergency Medicine Clinical Pathology Case Competition Winner
American College of Emergency Physicians
Dr. Charlotte Wills (Department of Emergency Medicine)