On Saturday, April 24, AHS held its first Highland Hospital Neighborhood Clean-up since the start of the pandemic and we want to thank those that volunteered their time to show support to our neighbors.

In 2017, AHS partnered with the City of Oakland’s Adopt-a-Spot program in response to concerns from our neighbors about debris left by patients and staff. In efforts to be a good neighbor, AHS “adopted” the perimeter of Highland Hospital and the surrounding areas and held quarterly clean-up events. As COVID-19 restrictions ease and we begin to reinstate clean-ups, we encourage all staff and community members to sign up and join the team.

This past clean-up, we collected more than 10 large bags of debris in just two hours and our neighbors expressed their appreciation throughout the morning. The effects of the pandemic were apparent. Numerous amounts of disposable masks, patient wrist bands, gloves and an abundance of take-out food containers were among the collected debris.

As good neighbors let’s continue to be mindful of the impact we have on those living around our hospitals and wellness centers. Keeping our neighborhood clean is just one way to be good a neighbor. We should also be considerate of private property and keeping noise levels down, especially when parking in the neighborhood and leaving at the end of a shift.

We encourage you to join us at the next Highland Neighborhood Clean-up scheduled for Saturday, July 17, 9 am – 11 am.  To sign-up or if you have any questions, please e-mail PACE@alamedahealthsystem.org.