Good Samaritan Hospital
Through leadership in research and adopting the latest technological and clinical practices, Good Samaritan Hospital offers excellent medical care for the people of Silicon Valley.

@PioneerBSA Thank you, Lucas, for involving your community with Good Sam families!

Eagle Scout Lucas Wedge built and stocked a custom bookcase for children who are visitors on Good Sam's oncology unit. He also collected more than 3,000 magazines for the Auxiliary's waiting room inventory.

Eagle Scout Lucas Wedge 12-11

Our "Bear-y Special" North Lobby Tree!

Pedi MBU lobby Christmas tree 2011

Elves—in the form of Good Sam Auxiliary members—created custom Christmas trees throughout the hospital over the weekend.  Here’s the “bear-y special” North Lobby tree decorated with pink, blue and ivory bears for our Pediatric and MBU.  So sweet!

Congrats to Faraaz Yousuf: 40 Under 40!

You’ve already read about Faraaz’ selection by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of 25 Rising Stars in health care.  And you saw his profile as one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s 25 Up and Comers.

Faraaz completes his professional trifecta today by being named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 under 40, recognizing 40 Silicon Valley young professionals with impressive career trajectories.

Congratulations, Faraaz!

Eating for Two: The Importance of a Healthy Diet During Pregnancy

Healthy Diet & Pregnancy

The foods you eat are crucial to your overall health and wellness. When you are pregnant, the importance of a healthy diet is only magnified, so be sure that you are getting the right amount of calories and key nutrients to support you and your baby.

Folic Acid
Folic acid can help to prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, cleft lip, and congenital heart disease. Try to get at least 600 micrograms of folic acid every day by consuming foods such as whole wheat breads, citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, and legumes.

Iron is also crucial to your diet, as it helps red blood cells transport oxygen through your body. Good sources of iron include poultry, fish, lean red meats, and dried fruits.

Your body needs calcium during pregnancy—and if it is not obtained from your diet, it will be taken from your bones instead, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. Try to incorporate low-fat or nonfat dairy products, fortified orange juice, and green leafy vegetables into your diet.

Food Safety Tips
There are number of foodborne illnesses that may harm both you and your developing baby, so it is crucial to practice food safety. Some tips for staying safe include the following:

  • Washing your hands before preparing or eating food
  • Avoid cross-contamination of raw meats/poultry with other foods
  • Thoroughly reheating leftovers
  • Avoid hot dogs or lunch meats unless reheated until steaming
  • Drink only pasteurized milk and juice products
  • Avoid soft or raw cheeses

Here at Good Samaritan Hospital, we believe that every birth is a special one, which is why we have created a birthing center to meet the specialized needs of you and your growing family. As a proud Level III NICU, our highly trained neonatal intensive care and obstetrical teams are available 24 hours a day to handle any type of birth. Our labor and delivery hospital also offers a number of services to help you with your parenting needs. Contact us at (408) 559-2011 for more information or to set up a free tour of our birthing center.

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