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October is National Physical Therapy Month

physical therapy

The month of October is designated as National Physical Therapy Month, helping educate consumers and patients on the importance and overall benefits of undergoing physical therapy. There’s no better time to take a closer look at the physical therapy and rehabilitation programs offered by Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose.

Here at Good Samaritan hospital, our dedicated inpatient rehabilitation team of physical therapy specialists work together to create an individualized program designed to meet each patient’s specific needs. Led by a physiatrist, a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and rehabilitation nurses, our team of specialists ensures that each program is tailored to help patients reach their full potential. Our hospital is also staffed by rehabilitation recreation specialists, social workers, and psychologists to provide optimum patient support.

Our inpatient physical therapy program offers a number of services, including:

  • Functional Mobility Retraining
    This helps patients relearn proper functional mobility techniques by emphasizing how to minimize the risks of re-injury and falls. Functional mobility retraining includes walking on all surfaces, rising-to-stand off on all surfaces, climbing stairs, and a number of other daily activities taught in our acute rehabilitation setting.
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
    This type of rehabilitation focuses on intense mobility training and exercises to restore strength, mobility, and normal range of motion for patients suffering from an orthopedic condition or immediately following an orthopedic surgical procedure.
  • Neurological Rehabilitation
    Neurological rehabilitation helps treat patients with a number of impairments and disabilities, including but not limited to Parkinson’s disease, head and spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.

All of our physical therapy services are offered in private rooms, classrooms, therapy spaces, and even miniature apartments where both patients and their families can practice these new sets of skills before being discharged.

Good Samaritan Hospital's physical therapy program accepts referrals from all sources and offers a free pre-admission evaluation to determine eligibility. For more information on our program or to schedule a consultation, contact us at (408) 559-2011.

Breast Reconstruction - Video

Breast cancer care

Often, people who are diagnosed with breast cancer undergo a mastectomy. During a mastectomy, cancerous tissues are removed from the breast. A patient may have a total or partial mastectomy, depending on the severity of the cancer. Breast reconstruction is a procedure done after a mastectomy to reconstruct the size and shape of the breast.

As this video discusses, the patient and surgeon choose from three types of breast reconstruction procedures: a synthetic implant, latissimus dorsi flap, and abdominal muscle (TRAM) flap. All of these are inpatient procedures and require one to five days hospitalization after surgery. Some patients also have their nipple and areola reconstructed. This procedure is quite simple and can often be done during a brief visit to the doctor. For more information about breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, watch the entire video clip.

At Good Samaritan Hospital, we provide state-of-the-art technology for the early detection and treatment of breast cancer at our Breast Care Center. Designated by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center, Good Samaritan Hospital is a safe and caring place from which to seek the help you need. Call us at (408) 559-2011 to learn more.

Take Care of Your Heart | Know the Warning Signs


How can you prepare yourself for a stroke or heart attack? Do you know the warning signs? Being able to recognize the signs of cardiac and vascular episodes can save lives. Take a moment to learn more about heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

  • This article from provides statistics regarding strokes.
  • Do you know how to recognize the signs of a stroke? Educate yourself by visiting this link from
  • Are you at risk for a stroke? Check out this article for more information on stroke risk factors.
  • Learn more about the possible causes of chest pain with this article.
  • The signs of a heart attack are not always the same for men and women. Learn how to diagnose the symptoms of a heart attack in women with this article.
  • Visit this link from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on the number of deaths per year related to heart disease.

Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose provides top-quality cardiac and vascular services, including an accredited chest pain center, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, Cardiac surgery, cardiac intensive care, cardiac rehabilitation, and vascular surgery. Visit our website for more information or give us a call at (408) 559-2011.

Act F.A.S.T. - Know the Warning Signs of a Stroke

Studies show that stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, strokes take the lives of over 143,579 individuals each year. While many people think that strokes only occur within the elderly population, strokes can actually affect individuals as young as 20.


Signs of a Stroke
The best way to determine if someone requires emergency care is to be able to recognize the signs of a stroke. The best way to identify the common signs of a stroke is to follow the act F.A.S.T. guidelines:

  • F ace
    Start by asking the person to smile, taking notice if one side of their face is unresponsive or drops lower than the other.
  • A rms
    Ask the individual to raise both of their arms in front of them, watching to see if one of their arms falls downwards.
  • S peech
    Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, looking for signs of confusion, changes in speech patterns, slurred speech, and difficulty repeating the sentence.
  • T ime
    Call 9-1-1 or visit the Good Samaritan Hospital’s Stroke Center if the patient shows any of the above symptoms, expresses loss of vision, double vision, headache, or loss of balance. It is also crucial to seek emergency care if they exhibit loss of sensation in their face or extremities, begin vomiting, or express feelings of nausea.

Stroke victims require medical intervention within the first three hours of a stroke in order to prevent long-term damage and restore brain circulation. Here at the Good Samaritan Stroke Center, our rapid response stroke team utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to provide the best patient care while simultaneously reducing the risk of patient complications and high-medical costs.

With our 24-hour Consult-A-Nurse hotline and dedicated team of specialists, Good Samaritan Hospital's Stroke Center specialists understand that when it comes to a stroke, every second counts. Visit our website or contact us at (408) 559-2011 if you have any questions or for more information.

Plan for a Smarter Delivery

Voted Family Favorite for 2011 by BayAreaParent, Good Samaritan Hospital provides the San Jose area with only the best in maternity and NICU care. With a level 3 NICU, 24/7 neonatologists and anesthesiologists, private rooms, and the highest level of newborn care, Good Samaritan Hospital is your number one resource for both prenatal and postnatal care. Contact us at (408) 559-2011 for more information or to set up a tour of our birthing center.

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