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NICU ACCESS at Good Sam—A Caring Community of Education, Services, and Support

Infant in NICU

When a child is born prematurely or with special medical needs, they are often transferred to a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, for specialized care. Unfortunately for many parents with children in the NICU, worrying about the health of their child is not their only cause of distress; transportation or financial problems can also present challenges for new parents. As a way for Good Samaritan Hospital to help alleviate these concerns, our healthcare team has developed NICU ACCESS (A Caring Community of Education, Services, and Support), a program that helps families spend more time with their babies, worry less, and learn the skills that they may need to care for their children when they come home.

Some of the main support services that Good Samaritan provides to the families of critically ill babies include:

  • Child-care assistance for the siblings of patients in the NICU while parents are with their new baby
  • In-unit educational resources to allow families to bond with their child while learning to care for their special medical needs, with educational materials in many languages so parents do not have to leave the unit
  • Food and transportation for families that may be taken away from their work during their child’s stay at the NICU or who may be unable to drive
  • Home stays for families whose babies may need further treatment after their stay at the NICU; this also includes emergency hotel stays if needed

Good Samaritan Hospital’s NICU ACCESS Program is funded solely through donations from the men and women in our community. If you would like to learn more about the ACCESS Program, contact the staff of Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011—we are happy to answer your questions.


Tips for Preserving Your Visual Acuity

Eye Chart

Our eyes are one of the most important ways that we interact with our world, helping us to recognize faces, appreciate works of art, and view beautiful sunsets. For many men and women, maintaining good vision during the aging process is a huge concern. Fortunately, there are things that everyone can do to promote health and maintain good visual acuity throughout life. Read on to learn a few ways to keep your vision clear.

  • Get regular eye exams
    One of the best ways to keep your eyes at optimal performance is to see your eye doctor regularly for comprehensive eye exams. Your ophthalmologist can not only help to keep your eyeglass or contact lens prescription current, but he or she can also detect serious eye conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy, before they can become symptomatic and threaten your vision.
  • Eat the right foods
    Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and other seafood, have shown to have protective effects against degenerative eye conditions (these foods are also good for your heart!). Eating foods high in antioxidants may also reduce your risk for developing cataracts, which cause clouding of the lenses of the eyes.
  • Live a healthy life
    Keeping your body healthy can also help to keep your eyes (and vision) healthy. A recent study performed at the University of Wisconsin found that men and women who participated in healthy behaviors—such as regular exercise, healthy diet, and avoiding tobacco use—were found to have a 71 percent decreased risk for developing a serious degenerative eye condition called age-related macular degeneration.

Would you like to learn more ways to maintain excellent overall health? The experts at Good Samaritan Hospital are dedicated to the continued wellness of our San Jose community—contact us at (408) 559-2011 to get answers to your health-related questions.


Check Out These Resources For More Great Information

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Are you looking to learn more about how to prepare for your child’s birth? You can read helpful information about this and our other recent blog topics by clicking through the links below.

If you have any additional questions, contact Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011—we are happy to help you.


Happy Doctors' Day from Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose!

Today we celebrate Doctors’ Day, a day we thank and recognize our dedicated physicians for the care and expertise they provide to our patients each and every day.

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Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is the number one condition affecting the heart and blood vessels. It is a chronic process that slowly damages your circulatory system over time.  When atherosclerosis affects the arteries that supply blood to the heart, you can experience angina (chest pain) or heart attack. Learn more about this serious condition and how you can reduce your risk by watching this video from the American Heart Association.

If you are experiencing chest pain or if you are in need of cardiovascular care, look to the professionals at Good Samaritan Hospital. Our hospital is one of the first five in the country to become an Accredited Chest Pain Center. To learn more about our cardiac and vascular services, contact us at (408) 559-2011.


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