• Plan For a Smarter Delivery at Good Sam San Jose

    At Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose, we believe that every birth is a special one. That’s why we work hard to help each expecting mother to plan for her delivery and provide expert care and advice every step of the way. As can be seen in this brief video, we are proud to offer mothers and families private rooms, neonatologists available 24/7, and a Level III NICU to provide parents with a better sense of security. 

    Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose offers tours for expecting parents that are interested in seeing our maternity hospital before they plan their delivery. If you would like to schedule a tour or learn more about our maternity services, call Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011.

  • Maternity Care at Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose: We Deliver Small Wonders

    Maternity Care

    Pregnancy and childbirth can be the most exciting part of a woman’s life. At Good Samaritan Hospital, we understand the importance of this life-changing event and are dedicated to providing new mothers and their families with the most advanced maternity care services possible. We believe that every birth is a special one and have designed our hospital to provide for the individual needs of each new mother. Below are some of the main amenities and services that we offer to new families at Good Samaritan.

    • 24-hour specialized care
      Our compassionate, specialized obstetrical teams are available all day, every day to provide expert care when our patients need it most. With highly trained neonatal intensive care teams also on staff, Good Samaritan is ready for any delivery, whether it is routine or high risk.
    • State-of-the-art delivery suites
      The labor and delivery suites at Good Samaritan are equipped with all of the comforts of home, from comfortable furnishings to private bathrooms. After delivery, the mother and baby share the same room to help shape and strengthen the bond between them.
    • Level III NICU
      Our advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is always available to respond to any medical emergency during any part of the labor or delivery process. Many new parents appreciate the security of having an NICU on the premises.

    Are you expecting a baby? If so, consider delivering your new baby while taking comfort in the safety and security offered by Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose . We now offer online pre-registration to help you schedule your labor and delivery with ease and from the comfort of your own home. Before arriving, be sure that you fill out our online OB admission form and bring it with you or fax it to 408-559-2675.

    If you would like a free tour of our facilities, or if you are interested in learning more about our comprehensive maternity care services, please call us today at (408) 559-2011. Our nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your questions.

  • Women’s Eye Health & Safety Tips

    Woman's Eye Health

    Each year, more women than men are diagnosed with eye health problems such as cataracts, dry eye, and glaucoma. Although it is important for men and women to protect their eyes, women appear to be more susceptible to eye health issues and damage due to increased longevity and hormonal fluctuations. To increase awareness about women’s eye health issues, Prevent Blindness America has designated the month of April as Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month. Improve your awareness of women’s vision issues and learn how to protect your eyes by reading through the tips below.

    • Visit your eye doctor regularly
      As we age, it becomes increasingly important to receive regular eye exams. Not only can you get much-needed adjustments for your contacts or eyeglasses, but your physician can also detect serious abnormalities in your vision before you may have any symptoms.
    • Become aware of your family history
      If you have a family history of eye problems or visual disturbances, be sure to let your eye doctor know.
    • Eat a nutritious, balanced diet
      Eating a varied diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients will help to ensure that your eyes are getting what they need to function at their optimal levels. A diet rich in beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids will help to combat vision loss and eye disease .
    • Consider taking nutritional supplements
      If you are afraid that your diet does not supply you with the nutrients your eyes need, ask your physician about taking supplements. Some vitamins and antioxidants may have preventive effects against some forms of degenerative eye disease.
    • Quit smoking
      If you smoke, quit. If you don’t, do your best to avoid tobacco and second-hand smoke, as both increase your risk of developing eye disease and other chronic health problems.
    • Wear eye protection
      When venturing outdoors during the day, wear UV protective eyewear to prevent damage to your eyes.

    If you are interested in learning more about women’s health issues, please contact the healthcare experts at Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011. Our nurses are available to answer your medical questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • All About Autism

    Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report stating that the prevalence of autism has increased 78 percent in the past six years. According to the report, one in every 88 children is now diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. In this video, you can learn more about the symptoms of autism and how to recognize the behavioral, communicative, and social signs.  

    As more children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, it becomes more important to raise awareness and promote the development of better diagnostic, treatment, and therapy tools for families affected by the disorder. You can learn more about autism by visiting our website or by contacting Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose at (408) 559-2011. 

  • Spotlight on Women’s Health: What is Endometriosis?

    Women's Health

    Many women in the United States suffer from a condition known as endometriosis , a problem with the uterine tissue that can arise during the childbearing years. Although the condition is not typically dangerous and may not lead to symptoms, many women can experience pain and other serious complications as a result of the condition.

    Every month, a woman’s body releases specific hormones that cause the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium, to thicken in preparation for the implantation of a fertilized egg. Once prepared, the endometrium acts as a nourishing layer upon which the egg can begin to grow. If the egg is not fertilized, the endometrium is shed during a woman’s menstrual period to prepare for another cycle.

    Women with endometriosis have endometrial tissue that escapes the uterus and grows outside of it during the menstrual cycle. Just like the normal endometrium inside of the uterus, the “implants” are stimulated to grow and break down at the same times, getting thicker and breaking down along with the normal tissue. Since these implants are outside of the uterus, however, they cannot exit the body as they break down and bleed, and instead, will often become quite irritated and painful. In many cases, they will form scar tissue or cysts, which can inhibit conception.

    The most common symptoms associated with endometriosis include:

    • Pain in the area of the implants, which will differ from woman to woman; pain can occur in the lower back, rectum, or lower abdomen, especially during ovulation and during a menstrual period
    • Abnormal or intermittent bleeding, which can include heavy bleeding, or spotting and bleeding in between periods
    • Infertility, which can often be the only symptom that women experience

    Although the cause of endometriosis is not known, there are therapies that can help with the condition. To find an experienced specialty physician in the San Jose area, contact Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011.

  • The Importance of Healthy Eating Habits

    A healthy, balanced diet will provide the body with the nutrition that it needs to function normally. In this video, you can learn more about one of the American Heart Association’s guidelines for following a more heart-healthy diet.  In addition to discussing the recommended servings of each food group per week, the host also provides information about which foods to avoid in order to maintain a strong, healthy heart.

    Eating healthy will not only help to prevent heart disease—it will also help to keep you from developing other serious conditions, such as stroke and diabetes. You can learn more ways to stay healthy by contacting the experts at  Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose at (408) 559-2011.

  • 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.