Healthcare Heroes

Each year, our Annual Gala recognizes three Alameda Health System employees for their extraordinary efforts in patient care. Meet the 2018 Healthcare Heroes!

Eddie Johnson | Outstanding Behavioral Health Caregiver of the Year
Sponsored by Traditions Behavioral Health

Eddie Johnson is a member of John George Psychiatric Hospital Harm Reduction Team, a support and resource team whose focus is enhancing the safety of patients and staff. After arriving in the Bay Area from New Orleans in 1998, his first job was working as a Case Manager in the San Francisco Tenderloin district.

His curiosity about what was done to re-establish clients after a psychiatric breakdown led him to pursue an opportunity in acute psychiatric care at JGPH. What was initially thought of as giving himself three years to experience this facet of behavioral health has continued until today because of the realization that he was given a valuable opportunity to positively impact another human’s life.


Susan Caraballo David, RN, BSN, MPA | Outstanding Caregiver of the Year
Sponsored by OakCare Medical Group

As Supervisor of the Alameda Health System (AHS) Transfer Center, Highland Campus, Susan Caraballo David strives to ensure the safety of patients transferring to facilities internal and external to AHS. Susan began her career as a new graduate in the Intensive Care Unit at Highland Hospital. Throughout her career with AHS, she has held several positions in Ambulatory Care as Manager of Home Health Systems, Home Care Coordinator at Highland/Fairmont Campuses, and Utilization Review as Lead RN for Outside Medical Services.

Susan attributes her successes with AHS to the collaboration efforts of staff in serving our patient population. Susan is a native Californian, born and raised in the East Bay. She earned her Baccalaureate of Nursing from San Jose State University and her Master’s of Public Administration from California State University East Bay.


Barry Simon, MD | Outstanding Physician of the Year
Sponsored by Alameda Health System Medical Staff

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Simon attended medical school at Wayne State University and very quickly became interested in providing the best care possible to those most vulnerable. In medical school, his rotations were all completed at safety net hospitals, and he was fortunate to obtain a residency in emergency medicine at Denver General Hospital.

Following residency, Dr. Simon sought a position at an inner city teaching hospital and was thrilled to land a position at Highland in 1983. Over his 30-plus year career at Highland, he has worn many hats: Medical Student Rotation Coordinator, EMS Director, 10 years as the Residency Director, and now 20+ years as Chairman. He is most proud of having a role in the development of a group of doctors who are some of the most talented, compassionate, and creative people he could imagine.

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