“…being part of her community means connecting with the hearts, minds and souls.”
East Bay Area
For Assistant Chief of Pediatrics Susan Lindheim, MD, being part of her East Bay Area community means connecting with the hearts, minds and souls of the people who share her neighborhood.
Soon after joining the Richmond clinic, located in an area with a large Latino population, word spread of the new bilingual doctor’s caring manner. Fluent in English and Spanish, Dr. Lindheim brought an unusual cultural sensitivity to her patient relationships and today co-chairs the Northern California Diversity Council.
Rona Renner, Pediatric nurse, said, “Susan helps us understand the subtle ways we can make people feel comfortable.”
“Susan’s view of health extends far beyond the walls of our medical centers,” said Yvette Radford, Public Affairs Leader for the East Bay Service Area.
Dr. Lindheim helped found the innovative “Adopt-A-School” program, pairing the Richmond facility with two schools to offer no-charge tutoring, financial assistance and medical support. She also served with a surgical team of volunteers at the Hospital de Familia in Guatemala. “It’s really a privilege to work here,” she said thoughtfully. “I learn so much everyday.”