From time to time, the StoryCorps team goes mobile, and collects interviews at different sites around the Bay Area. One of the places they visited was Highland Hospital in East Oakland. The public hospital has been around since 1927, and has since served thousands of patients from all walks of life.
Zhonnet Harper, who goes by the nickname Z, is a patient care navigator at Highland. She helps her patients navigate the ups and downs of the health care system, and get the treatment they need. Harper met Beneca Curry at the hospital earlier this year, when Beneca discovered she had stage 2 breast cancer.
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This interview was facilitated by Geraldine Ah-Sue, and prepared for KALW by Martina Castro. It originally aired on October 24, 2013. For more information on StoryCorps, go to the StoryCorps in San Francisco website.