Thu October 24, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

StoryCorps: Navigating patients to spiritual health at Highland Hospital

From time to time, the StoryCorps team goes mobile and collects interviews at different places around the Bay Area. Today we're kicking off a series of interviews that took place at 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. Its emergency room is required to take you whether or not you have insurance, and its also a trauma center, so if you're in a car accident or have been a victim of violence, that's most likely where you'll end up.

Our first interview, is between Zhonnet Harper, who goes by the nickname Z, and Beneca Curry. Harper is a patient care navigator, which means exactly what it says – she helps her patients navigate the ups and downs of the health care system, and get the treatment they need. She met Beneca Curry earlier this year, when Beneca discovered she had stage 2 breast cancer.

Please Note: To hear the story, click on the audio player above. This interview was facilitated by Geraldine Ah-Sue, and prepared for KALW by Martina Castro. For more information on StoryCorps, go to the StoryCorps in San Francisco website.

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