Specialized emergency services save Alameda grandmother

The cardiovascular program at Alameda Health System’s Highland Hospital is a STEMI—or ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction—receiving center, which means it has been identified as having special expertise in the emergency treatment of heart attacks. These services are made possible in part by state-of-the-art equipment funded through Alameda Health System Foundation’s efforts. Ursula Hogenboom, far right, shares her story and gratitude for the cardiac care she received at Highland:

There was a tightness in my chest and it became hard to breathe.

I was having a heart attack.

Thankfully, I recognized what was happening. I had my cell phone in my hand and managed to call 911. Within four minutes, an ambulance was at my house and I was being rushed to the emergency room at Alameda Health System’s Highland Hospital.

Once at the hospital, five people immediately started working on me. I had no time to panic or be afraid. In under an hour it was over, and I was told I was going to be okay.

The medical team at Alameda Health System saved my life.

As a resident of Alameda for the past 36 years, it has been comforting to know that Alameda Health System is always available, just in case of an emergency. Since my heart attack, when just in case became my reality, I have realized just how lucky I am.

I am so thankful for my caregivers who treated me with great skill and compassion. They shepherded me through a frightening experience, and they allowed my husband to stay close by, keeping him informed throughout the day.

After staying in the Intensive Care Unit for 24 hours, I was able to return home to my loving and supportive family – my husband, my children, my grandkids.

No one expects to experience a life-threatening medical situation. But just in case, Alameda Health System is prepared and ready in our time of need.

Find out more about cardiac care at Alameda Health System and how you can help our hospitals continue to provide lifesaving care.

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