Good Samaritan Hospital celebrates 50 years of providing the San Jose community with word-class
healthcare with strong local roots. Our logo—a centuries-old oak
tree that was incorporated into our initial hospital design—symbolizes
the deep roots we have in the area, where residents often refer to us
as Good Sam. Today, we remain as committed as ever to providing our neighbors
with quality care.
Good Samaritan Plants Its Roots
In the early 1960s, the Silicon Valley area was growing but lacked a hospital
to cater to the needs of the community. Members of the Episcopalian and
Methodist churches in the area came together to raise money to build a
hospital that could treat mind, body, and spirit for the entire population.
The Cilker family donated land for the new hospital, which opened its
doors in 1965 after a successful fundraising campaign.
A Hospital Takes Hold
Thanks to community involvement, Good Samaritan doubled in size between
1968 and 1974, when it added licenses for cardiac care, diagnostic imaging,
emergency care, and intensive care. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the
hospital continued to grow with the community, continuously adding new
service lines, including a family birthing center and oncology. Good Samaritan
purchased Mission Oaks hospital in Los Gatos and dedicated it to behavioral
health and rehabilitation services. By the 1990s, the hospital was a national
leader in stroke care and neonatal care and added a helipad to take critical
patients from less-equipped surrounding hospitals.
A Future of Continued Growth
As Good Samaritan Hospital has grown, it has always stayed true to its
small town roots, and despite a booming population, it has maintained
its neighborly feel. For our future, we’re committed to continuing
to provide nationally recognized care in a community hospital environment.
The oak tree in the Good Samaritan Hospital logo has since been replaced
with a new one, but the community roots our San Jose hospital was founded
on will never grow old. Find out more about the care we can provide for
your family by calling (888) 724-2362.