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New center at Highland Hospital explores ways to improve health of emergency department patients
Inside Bay Area

Each year, more than 80,000 patients visit the emergency department at Highland Hospital in Oakland. For many, it will be their only time with a health care professional. The hospital runs nearly 60,000 blood tests to measure numerous health factors, including levels of sugar in the blood, which can indicate diabetes. But unless blood sugar levels are so high the patient is in immediate jeopardy, the emergency crew concentrates on the health crisis at hand.