A pedestrian accident on a dark and rainy January night could have taken a tragic turn, but first responders and the world-renowned trauma team at Highland Hospital made sure that wasn’t the case for Paul Fogel.
Two years later, Paul is still raving about the emergency care he received after he was struck by a car and rushed to Alameda Health System’s (AHS’s) Highland Hospital, the East Bay’s only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center.
“This team knew their stuff,” he said when he called the Foundation recently to make a gift. “Everyone was super prepared and the competency of the people treating me was really impressive.”
That’s what inspired Paul to give back to his community, even though he has private health insurance.
Regardless of your insurance, first responders know that the Trauma Team at Highland Hospital excels at saving lives when the unthinkable happens.
“It’s extremely important to me that Highland continues to prosper and be able to support lower-income people,” Paul said. “I would be devastated if the kind of care I received wasn’t available to everyone.”
Because Highland Hospital is part of a safety-net healthcare system, our doors are open to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.
Please join Paul by making a gift today! You can help us provide the lifesaving care he received to everyone who needs it.
Paul had just gotten off the bus on Claremont in Oakland. He was crossing the street when he was struck by a distracted motorist. Paul was briefly knocked out and bystanders told him he was stumbling and mumbling incoherently. He had a gash in his head and his ear was almost torn off. The next thing Paul remembers is being in the back of the ambulance. First responders knew that Highland Hospital’s Trauma Center was the best place to take their seriously wounded patient.
Paul’s injuries were substantial, but Highland Hospital’s trauma team was ready to spring into action. The most notable injuries were to his leg, head, and ear. Paul learned he suffered a concussion, but thankfully there wouldn’t be any permanent brain damage. He was especially impressed by the maxillofacial surgeon who spent an hour-and-a-half meticulously reattaching his ear. He’s amazed he doesn’t suffer from permanent hearing loss.
In Paul’s Own Words
“With what’s happening with healthcare in the United States, it’s really important to continue supporting Highland and the staff there,” Paul said. “Everything was positive about my experience, from the night of the accident to my follow-up care. I am fortunate to be able to give back and will do so now, and in the future.”