Charting a New Course: The Campaign for Alameda Health System

The East Bay has seen a dramatic shift in its population with an average of more than 11,000 people moving into Alameda County each year. This means a growing number of diverse patients are utilizing our wide array of services, including cancer care, surgery, pediatric care, and comprehensive medical treatment. For those seeking urgent medical attention, Alameda Health System (AHS) is the premier healthcare service provider and is the community’s primary provider of acute care to safety net patients. We face challenges ahead, but building a stronger AHS that unifies the world-class, patient-centered care across our system is our highest priority.

WHAT LIES AHEAD?

We are focusing our efforts and investing in the backbone of our institution. Continuing to deliver optimal care for patients requires a significant overhaul of our outdated medical records system and implementing a leading-edge system that meets the needs of tomorrow. Unanimous approval of the project in January 2018, one of the most significant investments made by AHS, illustrates the Board of Trustee’s commitment to promoting high-quality and community-level access to affordable care for all people in Alameda County.

AHS is implementing a fully integrated Epic Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. With this new technology, patients will gain greater access to their medical records, health information, and more convenient service. They will be empowered  to manage their own care and ultimately become champions of their own health and wellness.

Beyond patient empowerment, the system will transform care delivery by providing more timely and complete patient information across all facilities, resulting in better clinical decisions, fewer medical errors or duplications, and more efficient care delivery.

To this end, Alameda Health System and Alameda Health System Foundation are conducting a $50 million philanthropic effort to change the future of healthcare within and beyond our walls.

Our commitment to excellence is second to none. Our work to address health disparities across the community is critical—now, more than ever. Our best, healthiest selves are possible.

HOW WILL WE GET THERE?

We need your help. We believe our work is critical and strive to make the East Bay one of the best places to live—with the best healthcare outcomes for all of our patients. We are charting a new course, and only by working together can we achieve our goal. With your support, we look forward to ensuring that AHS can meet and exceed the needs of all those thousands of people who will walk through our doors tomorrow and beyond.

AN AMBITIOUS AGENDA

With a focus on “whole person care,” AHS seeks to achieve thorough and personalized service for our patients by tailoring support that addresses their full spectrum of needs—medical, behavioral, socioeconomic and beyond. By improving coordination of care through a new electronic health record system, we will be better able to integrate and organize patient health data and facilitate collaboration among all providers involved in the patient’s care, whether it is within or outside our hospital walls.

Our new, unified system will allow us to provide:

  • Better healthcare by improving all aspects of patient care, including safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, communication, education, timeliness, efficiency, and equity.
  • Better overall wellness by spotting trends in the community and encouraging healthier lifestyles in the entire population, including increased physical activity, better nutrition, avoidance of behavioral risks, and wider use of preventative care.
  • Improved efficiencies and lower healthcare costs by promoting preventative medicine and improved coordination of healthcare services, as well as by reducing waste and redundant tests.
  • Better clinical decision-making by integrating patient information from multiple sources.

A THRIVING COMMUNITY

There is no place like the East Bay, and so many supporters over the years have helped Alameda Health System keep this community safe and healthy. We are committed to serving all, and most importantly, committed to taking care of each other. Charting a New Course: The Campaign for Alameda Health System represents a momentous opportunity to forge ahead and invest in our collective well-being for generations to come. As a not-for-profit enterprise, we rely on community generosity to fulfill our plan. The EHR system we are building will take an estimated $50 million in philanthropic support. The more we can raise through community generosity, the less debt our health system will incur, and the more resources AHS will have to serve us going forward.

With your gift, you can help us further our vision of a world-class medical system at the cutting edge of patient-centered care. It’s an opportunity that will transform and save lives in Alameda County and beyond. We can chart a new course, and we need your help to do so.

This is an exciting time for Alameda Health System, and as we look to the future, we remain committed to quality care for all of us. Thank you for helping us to achieve this goal and joining the Charting a New Course: The Campaign for Alameda Health System.

JOIN US.

Make a donation today

Questions? Contact Kyson Bunthuwong, Campaign Director at kbunthuwong@alamedahealthsystem.org

 

 

 

 

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