Healthcare Heroes

Each year, our Annual Gala recognizes three Alameda Health System employees for their extraordinary efforts in patient care. Meet the 2017 Healthcare Heroes!

Jonathan Ramsden, LMFT | Outstanding Behavioral Health Caregiver of the Year
Sponsored by Traditions Behavioral Health

Jonathan Ramsden, LMFT is a Senior Rehabilitation Clinician II and Clinical Coordinator at Fairmont Hospital’s Outpatient Psychiatric Services Day Treatment Program. He began working at Alameda Health System six years ago with chronically mentally ill patients.He and his team work with patients discharged from John George Psychiatric Hospital or referred from the community.

Jonathan provides direct psychotherapy care to some patients and treatment planning support to all patients on a daily basis. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UCLA and his Masters of Counseling Psychology from the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology.


Julie Willkom, RN | Outstanding Caregiver of the Year
Sponsored by OakCare Medical Group

Julie Willkom is an Oakland native who began her career as an Assistant Bank Manager at Chase Bank. After caring for her grandmother, she realized her calling was to help care for others and decided to pursue a career in nursing. Julie received her nursing degree from Merritt College in Oakland. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from CSU East Bay.

Julie works as a TB Nurse Coordinator at Highland Hospital and assists patients through screening and vaccinations. She also helps oversee the TB clinic at Highland, ensuring patients have the best care possible.


Johara Chapman, MD | Outstanding Physician of the Year
Sponsored by Alameda Health System Medical Staff

Prior to retiring in December 2016, Dr. Johara Chapman spent 10 years working at Alameda Health System. As the Chair of the Maternal Child Health Department at Highland Hospital, she was a driving force behind its Baby Friendly designation. Dr. Chapman was drawn to AHS for its culture, the diversity of its patients, and the professionals she worked with each day.

Dr. Chapman attended UMass Medical School and completed her OB-GYN residency at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. She also holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is a graduate of the UCSF Health Care Leadership Change Agent Program.

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