Our Patients’ Stories

Alameda County is the second-largest county in the Bay Area, with 18 distinct towns stretching the length of San Francisco Bay and moving eastward as far as the Livermore Valley. Some communities are healthier than others. Why is this so? What can be done to eliminate disparities where they exist? That is the challenge that Alameda Health System is committed to addressing as a strategic priority. To better understand the challenges yourself, take a moment to hear our patients’ stories.

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Chronic Disease:


A heart patient talks about how he did not know he had heart disease, and how his life has changed since his heart valve was replaced.

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Our Challenging Economy:


A woman is laid off from her job after 10 years and, without health insurance, is turned away from her usual caregivers. She turns to Highland Hospital.

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Homelessness:


A homeless parent comes to Highland with her daughter, to get the required TB test a local shelter needs before she’ll get a bed.

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Violence:


A young man is shot in the head in a road rage incident while driving his three young children. Highland Hospital’s Trauma Center saved his life. He spent a month at Highland before being transfer to its sister facility, Fairmont Rehabilitation Hospital.

HELP US IN OUR WORK TO ELIMINATE DISPARITIES – BECOME OUR PARTNER IN CARE! YOUR GIFT IN ANY AMOUNT HELPS FUND RESOURCES NEEDED BY OUR CAREGIVERS. 

NEED MORE INFO? HEAR FROM OUR CAREGIVERS.

We wish to thank award-winning film maker Pete Nicks for making these stories possible through his work on the documentary The Waiting Room and his related Storytelling Project.

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