• Managing Stress During Pregnancy

    A woman’s life can be full of stress from work or family life. When a woman experiences too much chronic stress during her pregnancy, her health and the health of her developing child can be affected. This video is an introduction to the effects of stress on pregnancy and what you can do to curb stress during this exciting time. The host also discusses proper nutrition and exercise habits during pregnancy. Watch this video to learn more. 

    Getting quality prenatal care will help ensure the health of mother and child. To find an excellent obstetrician in the San Jose area, contact the staff of Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011. Our helpful nurses can assist you in locating an experienced physician in your area.

  • Teaching Your Child What to Do in Emergency Situations

    Medical emergencies can happen at any time. To ensure that your family can approach any situation calmly and confidently, be sure to formulate a good plan of action. Doing so can help facilitate swifter and more effective emergency care when it is needed. Read on for some helpful tips for teaching your child how to react and what to do in an emergency situation.

    Child Making Emergency Call

    • Ensure that Your Child Knows to Dial 9-1-1
      The first step in teaching your child about emergency preparedness is helping him or her learn what number to call in case of a crisis. As soon as he or she is old enough to use a telephone, teach your child to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number if someone’s life appears to be in danger, even if your child is not completely sure. It is also important to explain the dangers of making prank calls to emergency numbers—phoning in as a prank can keep someone else from getting the care they desperately need.
    • Make Sure Your Child Knows What to Say
      Once he or she knows what number to call, explain to your child what to say when an emergency occurs. Make sure that he or she knows that it is a friend on the other line waiting to help, and that he or she should follow the dispatcher’s instructions. Have a safe place to store important information, such as medications, phone numbers, and addresses that your child may need to know in case of emergency.
    • Prepare the Day Care Provider or Babysitter
      Provide your daycare provider or babysitter with a list of phone numbers that he or she may need in case a medical emergency occurs when you are away. If your child has any chronic health conditions, his or her care provider should be informed.

    When you or a loved one is struck with a medical emergency, you can trust the experts at Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose to provide you with prompt, quality care. To learn more about our comprehensive emergency services, call us today at (408) 559-2011. You can also get our emergency room wait times sent directly to your mobile phone by texting ER to 23000 and replying with your zip code.

  • Cardiac Arrest: The Chain of Survival

    First Aid

    Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly and abruptly ceases to function. These deadly events are caused by arrhythmias, or abnormal rhythms, of the heart muscle that result in the complete malfunction of the muscle. The most common arrhythmia that leads to cardiac arrest is called ventricular fibrillation, in which the two lower chambers of the heart beat erratically and do not effectively circulate blood.

    Do you know how to react when a loved one or stranger experiences cardiac arrest? With the right knowledge and training, you can become a part of the chain of survival and may even save a life. The American Heart Association recommends that you take the following steps in the event of cardiac arrest:

    • Evaluate the situation and confirm the medical emergency. If the victim is unresponsive, begin emergency care.
    • Call 9-1-1 or have another bystander call.
    • Find an AED and follow the steps if one is available. AEDs are often found in gyms, hospitals, community centers, airports, and shopping malls.
    • Begin chest compressions by pressing into the chest at least two inches at a rate of 100 compressions per minute.
    • If you are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), give two rescue breaths after 30 compressions. If you are more comfortable providing compression-only CPR, do so until the professional healthcare providers arrive on the scene.

    Finding a defibrillator and producing an electric charge to the victim’s heart is essential for improving the chances of survival without brain damage. If you are interested in learning more about how to react in the event of cardiac arrest or any other medical emergency, visit the American Heart Association website or contact Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011. For any urgent medical needs, the Good Sam emergency room is available every day of the year, 24 hours per day to provide prompt, expert care to the community of San Jose.

  • Signs of Labor

    For expecting first-time mothers, the processes of labor and childbirth can produce both excitement and anxiety. For these women, knowing what to expect from this time can reduce any stress and improve their overall experience. By watching this video, you can learn more about the signs of labor and when you may consider calling your doctor or midwife. The host also discusses the details of the beginning of the labor process, including what it means to have your water break. Check out the video to find out more.

    If you are ever concerned about the progression of your pregnancy, contact your healthcare professional to get answers. For a compassionate physician in the San Jose area, call the Good Samaritan Hospital Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • About National Women’s Health Week

    Every year, the United States Department of Health and Human Services designates the week of Mother’s Day as the national observance for women’s health . This special week was designated to promote the health of the women in our lives by educating them on how to live longer, happier, and healthier lives through continuous, quality healthcare. This May 13th through 19th, celebrate the health of women by increasing your awareness of women’s health issues, participating in promotional healthcare events, and helping the women in your life make health their top priority.

    During National Women’s Health Week, encourage the women in your life to take the following steps for improving their health and preventing disease:

    • Eat well
      A balanced and nutritious diet is the cornerstone for a healthy life. To get the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients the body needs to stay well, it is important to eat a variety of foods. Focus on green, leafy vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean proteins, and fruits.
    • Exercise often
      Getting in the habit of exercising regularly will not only help to manage weight—it will also help to boost mood, improve sleep, and promote cardiovascular health. Encourage the women in your life to get at least 30 minutes of exercise most, if not all, days of the week.
    • Get screened regularly
      For women, getting regular screening is especially important for maintaining good health. Tests such as colonoscopies and pap smears can help to detect cancers before they become advanced.
    • Save time for relaxation
      Relaxation is just as important as periods of physical activity. Encourage the women in your life to take time out of their day for themselves to relax.
    • Stay safe
      Encourage your friends and loved ones to stay safe and healthy during their everyday lives by avoiding tobacco, wearing a helmet when biking, and wearing seatbelts.

    At Good Samaritan Hospital , our experienced medical team offers the women and families of San Jose high-quality, advanced medical care to promote and sustain health at all stages of life. Our BreastCare Center provides women with a comfortable environment for breast screening and care. If you would like to learn more about promoting the excellent health of the women in your life, please contact Good Sam today at (408) 559-2011.

  • Happy Mother’s Day from Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose

    Mother's Day

    In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a list of quotes honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society: 


    • A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.  –Tenneva Jordan
    • Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.  –Mildred B. Vermont
    • Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.  –Author Unknown
    • Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.  –Oprah Winfrey
    • A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.  –Author Unknown
    • A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love.  –Author Unknown
    • Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  –Marcel Proust
    • Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.  –Elizabeth Stone
    • Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.  –Lin Yutang, Chinese writer
    • All women become like their mothers.  That is their tragedy.  No man does.  That’s his.  –Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895
    • Nobody knows of the work it makes
      To keep the home together.
      Nobody knows of the steps it takes,
      Nobody knows-but Mother.  — Anonymous
    • Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.  –T. DeWitt Talmage
    • There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.  –Chinese Proverb
    • When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.  –Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty
    • A mother understands what a child does not say.  –Jewish Proverb
    • A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.  –Washington Irving (1783-1859)
    • Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.  –Marion C. Garretty
    • All I am or can be I owe to my angel Mother.  –Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
    • My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.  –George Washington, U.S. President
    • There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness… The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.  –Andrew Jackson, U.S. President
    • To the world you might just be one person, but to your mother you are the world.  –Author Unknown
    • There is no velvet so soft as a mother’s lap, no rose as lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps.  –Archibald Thompson
    • Mothers can look through a child’s eyes and see tomorrow.
      Mothers deserve the credit for raising value-based leaders who accept responsibility; who possess physical, mental, and spiritual strength; who possess courage and confidence; and look with optimism to the future.
      Great mothers help their children to recognize that they can achieve the impossible.
      Great mothers bring the arms of comfort to an insecure child in a world of uncertainty.  –Reed Markham, American Educator
    • There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.  –Jill Churchill
    • Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired; it need not be deserved.  –Erich Fromm, psychologist
    • Woman knows what man has long forgotten, that the ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family.  –Clare Boothe Luce
    • The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.  –Honore de Balzac
    • A mighty power and stronger Man from his throne has hurled, for the hand that rocks the cradle Is the hand that rules the world.  –William Ross Wallace
    • A mother is person who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take.  –Elizabeth Marie
    • Children and mothers never truly part. They’re bound in the beating of each other’s heart.  –Elizabeth Marie

  • More Information About Our Recent Health Topics

    Healthy Lifestyle

    Are you still interested to find out more about women’s health, emergency care, or autism awareness? The links below contain more helpful information about these topics and more. If you have any remaining questions, please contact Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose at (408) 559-2011.

    • Eye health becomes increasingly important as our bodies age—learn more about taking better care of your eyes by visiting the National Eye Institute website.
    • Women appear to be more susceptible to vision problems than men. Prevent Blindness America lists some helpful ways for women to care for their eyes.
    • Are you prepared for labor and delivery? These articles from the American Pregnancy Association can help you to feel more prepared for this exciting time.
    • If you are looking for more information regarding pregnancy, labor, birth, or other women’s health issues, check out the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website.
    • Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose works hard to keep their emergency room wait times far below the national average described in this CDC report.
    • Autism is becoming more and more common in American children. Learn more about this behavioral spectrum disorder from the Autism Society .
    • You can also find out more about the prevalence of autism from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute provides more information about the various forms of heart disease and how they are treated.
    • Getting healthy will decrease your risk of developing heart disease and many other chronic health conditions. Find out more about making healthy decisions on the American Heart Association website.

  • Happy Nurses Week from HCA and Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose

    We’re fortunate have some of the best nurses around. We thank you all and wish you a Happy Nurses Week!

  • Cardiac & Vascular Services at Good Sam San Jose

    Cardiovascular Care

    At Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose, we are proud to provide care to more cardiac patients than any other hospital in Santa Clara County. Our Cardiac and Vascular Institute offers the full range of diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitation services for any area of cardiovascular care. Our program has been recognized both locally and nationally as a center of excellence for its variety and quality of services—read on to learn more about what Good Samaritan has to offer the heart patients in our community.

    • Chest Pain Center
      Our Chest Pain Center has earned accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers for providing patients experiencing cardiac episodes with the highest quality of care. Our cardiologists and cardiac surgeons are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to any emergency.
    • Cardiac catheterization
      The Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Good Samaritan performs more than three thousand procedures a year with a wide range of minimally invasive, state-of-the-art techniques. Our heart hospital was honored to be the first community-based catheterization lab in the country to implant the new “drug-eluting stent” to improve the outcome of stenting procedures.
    • Electrophysiology
      Our advanced Electrophysiology Lab utilizes sophisticated testing and diagnostic methods to identify and treat heart arrhythmias, or electrical disturbances in the heart.
    • Cardiac surgery
      At Good Samaritan, our cardiac surgeons have the experience that counts—the surgeons that lead our cardiac surgery program have performed over four thousand procedures in the past 10 years. Our staff of talented and knowledgeable specialists is committed to providing patients with compassionate, quality care before, during, and after each procedure.
    • Cardiac intensive care
      Our Cardiac Intensive Care Unit is staffed by specially trained nurses committed to assisting each heart patient and their family on their road to successful recovery.
    • Cardiac rehabilitation
      Cardiac rehabilitation provides patients who have recently undergone cardiac surgery or suffered from a heart attack a monitored, supportive environment through which they can make life-long strategies for healthier living.
    • Vascular surgery
      The board-certified vascular surgeons at Good Samaritan utilize only the most advanced surgical methods to treat arterial and venous issues.

    Do you still have questions about the services offered by Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose ? If so, please contact our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011. Our nurses are available any time of the day or night to answer your medical questions or refer you to an experienced specialist.

  • Emergency Care at Good Samaritan Hospital: Swift, Quality Care When You Need It Most

    Medical Team

    At Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose, we understand that medical emergencies can happen any time, anywhere. Our staff of emergency specialists is always available to provide the men, women, and children of our community with the highest quality of emergency medical care, whenever they may need us.

    Your treatment at Good Samaritan’s emergency room gives you access to the full range of our hospital’s specialized services, including stroke care, cancer care, and gastrointestinal care. Our emergency staff also has immediate access to a variety of diagnostic and support tools, which work to get our patients results and treatment faster. These tools include, but are not limited to:

    • The full range of diagnostic imaging modalities, including MRI and CT
    • On-site laboratory and pharmacy
    • Blood bank for emergency transfusions
    • Online EKG
    • Surgical suites for emergency surgeries
    • Medical, cardiac, and respiratory intensive care
    • Endoscopic care and services

    As another part of our comprehensive emergency care services, Good Samaritan of San Jose also offers the Text ER tool to help you get care as soon as possible. By texting “ER” to 23000 and replying with your zip code, you can find out the emergency room wait times in your area. At Good Sam San Jose, we work hard to keep our wait times well below the national average .

    Our iTriage Symptom Checker app can also be a huge help at home or on the road to identify any symptoms that you may be having. The app provides easy access to information about disease conditions, local physicians, procedures, and more right from your mobile phone. For your own emergency room wherever you go, visit Good Samaritan Hospital’s website and download iTriage today. If you have any other health-related questions or if you are looking for an experienced physician in your area, utilize our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line by calling (408) 559-2011 at any time, day or night.