• Good News for Children of All Ages Santa Claus Passes Pre-Flight Physical Cleared for Take-Off

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    San Jose, CA (Dec. 19, 2013)—With patient permission, Good Samaritan Hospital announces that Santa Claus has passed his pre-flight physical, and physicians are impressed with steps Santa has taken to improve his over-all health and wellness.

                “Santa Claus is in great shape this year to make his physics-defying flight around the world,” said Paul Beaupré MD, Good Sam’s CEO.

                “Santa has lost weight and boosted his fitness program to improve his endurance and help avoid injuries,” Dr. Beaupré continued.  “The weight loss has lowered his blood pressure, helping reduce his chance of stroke.  Overall, he’s made great strides in all aspects of his cardiovascular and metabolic health.”

                Dr. Beaupré reviewed Santa’s chart to make sure his flu shot was current and provided pocket-sized alcohol-based hand sanitizers for Santa to share with his workshop elves in the final stages of preparing Santa’s sleigh.

                “Santa enjoys robust good health despite being a multiple-centenarian, and he sets a great example for today’s parents and grandparents,” Dr. Beaupré said.  “Good Sam was privileged to give such a distinguished world citizen a clean bill of health, and we wish him godspeed on his rounds this year and always.”

                If Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus or the elves need emergency care, they can text “ER” to 23000 to learn Good Sam’s current Emergency Department wait time—and even use the link to let the hospital know that a sick or injured elf is on the way.  Throughout the year, the Santa Claus workshop calls 1-(408) 559-2011 to be connected with Good Sam physicians in all specialties.

  • Staying Prepared for Holiday Emergencies This Season

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    With cold and flu season overlapping the holidays and heavier traffic on the roads, there are a number of potential hazards that could lead to an emergency room visit this holiday season. To stay prepared and ensure rapid, accurate care in the ER, there are a few items you should always have on hand.

    Carrying your health insurance information and a current list of prescription medications and their dosages will help you get quick medical care when you need it most. If you have any existing health conditions, you might wear a bracelet or keep an in-case of emergency card on you to notify healthcare professionals of your condition and prevent complications. When you do your holiday traveling, you can stay safe by driving when weather is favorable, wearing your seatbelt, and using extra caution on the road.

    For the best and fastest emergency care in San Jose this holiday season, you can count on Good Samaritan Hospital’s streamlined ER . To explore the Good Samaritan difference, visit our website or call us at (408) 559-2011. 

  • How to Improve Your Health and Quit Smoking This Holiday Season

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    One of the best gifts you can give to your family this year is the gift of clean air free of tobacco smoke. If you are a regular smoker and you want to finally kick the habit for your health and the well-being of those you love, follow these tips from Good Samaritan Hospital on how to quit for good.

    Reach out for support
    From the American Cancer Society to your closest friends and family members, there are many people you can reach out to for support in your effort to quit. If you go at it alone, you may not be able to stay away from cigarettes for good.

    Find healthy activities to enjoy
    As you quit smoking, you will want to fill your day with healthy activities to prevent bad habits from forming in place of cigarette smoking. For example, instead of snacking at your desk during work breaks, you might head outside for a quick walk and a breath of fresh air. Adding other forms of exercise will also help you improve your health further and feel empowered to quit.

    Change your daily routine
    Long-time smokers have cigarettes imprinted in their daily routines, so you may need to mix up your regular habits to eliminate the urge to smoke. For example, if you always had a morning cigarette with your cup of coffee at home, try going out for a cup of coffee and splurging with the money you save not buying cigarettes.

    At Good Samaritan Hospital, you can find the support you need to help you quit smoking and maintain a healthier lifestyle. For more information about our healthcare services and classes in San Jose, visit our website or call us at (408) 559-2011.