• Which Vaccinations Does Your Baby Need to Stay Healthy?

    Introducing your baby to the world is exciting, but when you take your baby out into the world, you’re also introducing them to germs and diseases. The best way to protect your baby isn’t to keep them at home; it’s to get them vaccinated on schedule.

    Watch this video to learn the importance of vaccination for your baby. By the time he or she is two, your child’s pediatrician will have administered vaccines that protect your child from 14 communicable diseases. Keeping up with the vaccination schedule prescribed by your pediatrician is essential, because diseases that are risky for adults are even more dangerous for babies.

    Do you have questions about your baby’s vaccination schedule? Call the Consult-A-Nurse line at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. Our nurses can answer your questions and refer to you to a pediatrician . Get more information about our hospital, including maternity care by calling (408) 559-2011.  

  • Don’t Let Food Poisoning Make an Appearance at Your Fall Tailgates

    Football tailgate parties are one of the best parts of fall, but ignoring food safety can put you out of the game fast. With the right preparation, it’s easy to make sure that your tailgating party isn’t a recipe for disaster. Watch this video to learn more.

    One of the most important rules to keep in mind at your tailgating party is to keep foods separated. Don’t use the same plates or cutting surfaces for raw and cooked meats, and make sure veggies get their own plates. Use a food thermometer to make sure meats are cooked to safe temperatures before serving.

    When food poisoning does strike, emergency care is available at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. For more health advice, call our hospital at (408) 559-2011 to talk to one of nurses or to ask for a physician referral. 

  • Spotlight on Good Sam’s Radiation Oncology Program

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    Radiation oncology gives patients battling cancer non-surgical solutions for their cancer care. At Good Samaritan Hospital, our radiation oncology team collaborates closely with other oncology experts at our hospital to develop personalized treatment plans for each patient. Our compassionate team is also dedicated to patient education so every patient feels empowered in his or her cancer care.

    We offer four different radiation oncology treatments. CyberKnife surgery targets tumors, including inoperable tumors, with targeted radiation without harming healthy surrounding tissue. Advanced brachytherapy involves placing radioactive wires and seeds into tumors and neighboring tissue. Five-day breast brachytherapy is usually performed after a lumpectomy and sentinel node mapping and involves inserting a catheter into the space left after the lumpectomy to deliver radiation. Only five days of treatment is needed, compared to six weeks of other radiation therapy. Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) uses radiation to target tumors from multiple angles.

    If you are facing cancer, trust your care to Good Samaritan Hospital. We offer advanced cancer treatments and a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. Call our San Jose hospital at (408) 559-2011 to learn more.

  • Improve Your Care with Good Samaritan’s Patient Portal

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    Good healthcare is a partnership. Your doctors need your active involvement in your care so you can achieve your best health possible. At Good Samaritan Hospital, we are making taking charge of your care easier than ever before with our Patient Portal. With your Patient Portal, all of your health information is never more than a click away.

    The Patient Portal system is your online health history. Log into our secure portal to find all of the personal health information our providers have entered into your patient records, including your allergies, diagnosed conditions, discharge summaries, and medication lists. You can also view your lab results, upcoming appointments, and history of hospitalizations. Use the portal to print your medication list for your appointments or share important information about hospital stays with your primary care provider.

    If you’re interested in Good Samaritan Hospital’s Patient Portal, sign up online or talk to your hospital care team. For more information, dial our San Jose hospital at (408) 559-2011. 

  • Tips for a Heart-Healthy Pregnancy

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    During pregnancy, when you are focused on keeping your baby healthy, it’s the perfect time to refocus on your own well-being. A heart healthy lifestyle is good for both you and your baby. While you’re busy making plans for labor and delivery and your new life as a mother, make plans for your cardiac health as well. Here are some ways you can stay heart-healthy during your pregnancy and beyond.

    Don’t Smoke

    Smoking is an all-around disaster for your health at the best of times, but the impacts during pregnancy for your baby are especially extreme. In addition to the effects of smoking on your baby—including low birth weight and birth defects—smoking takes a major toll on your heart health. It makes your heart work harder, reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood, and contributes to artery clogging that causes heart attacks and strokes. If you need help giving up cigarettes, ask your doctor for advice.

    Watch Your Diet

    Being pregnant is not a license to eat whatever you want, in any amount. Healthy eating is, in fact, more important than ever. Eat a diet of whole grains, lean protein, fruits, and vegetables. Avoid high-fat, high-cholesterol foods that can put a strain on your heart. You should also cut your salt intake to avoid high blood pressure and curb your caffeine consumptions to avoid triggering irregular heartbeats. Ask your maternity doctor how many extra calories you need each day to keep your pregnancy weight gain in a healthy range.


    Exercise keeps your heart healthy and helps keep your weight in check. It’s safe for most women to exercise throughout their pregnancies. Talk to your maternity doctor about which activities are OK for you, especially if you have complications during your pregnancy.

    When it’s time to welcome your baby into the world, choose the maternity hospital at Good Samaritan Hospital for your labor and delivery. We offer comfortable birthing suites and a NICU when needed. To schedule a tour of our San Jose hospital’s labor and delivery department, call (408) 559-2011.

  • What Are the Best Foods to Eat When You Have High Cholesterol?

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    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 71 million Americans have high cholesterol, but only about one in three of those affected actually have control of the condition. Because high cholesterol drastically increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, lowering your levels is essential for your health. Diet plays a central role in keeping cholesterol levels in check so dish up more of these foods and reduce your need for cardiac care in the future.

    Olive Oil

    The monounsaturated fatty acids in olive oil have positive effects on your cholesterol in two ways. First, these acids help to lower your LDL cholesterol, or bad cholesterol. This is the form of cholesterol that clogs your blood vessels, which leads to heart disease and strokes. Second, olive oil helps to boost your HDL cholesterol, or good cholesterol. HDL cholesterol helps to remove LDL cholesterol from your system by removing it from blood vessels and transferring it to the liver, where it is broken down to be flushed from the body. Olive oil is high in calories, so aim for one or two tablespoons per day on salads or in cooking.

    Whole Grains

    Fiber in whole grains helps lower cholesterol by speeding food through the intestines and by encouraging the production of LDL receptors by the liver. Soluble fiber in particular reduces the amount of bile in your intestines. The liver makes bile salts to make up for the lost bile, and LDL cholesterol is needed to make the salts. As such, the liver uses up more cholesterol, and your numbers come down.


    Fatty fishes, including tuna and salmon, have high levels of omega-3 acids, which helps to lower LDL and boost HDL cholesterol. Fish also discourages build-up of plaque in blood vessels from cholesterol and is a good substitute for high cholesterol red meats in your meal plans.

    If you are concerned about your heart health, you can seek cardiac care at Good Samaritan Hospital. Our San Jose hospital has a range of cardiac services, from emergency care to long-term management of heart conditions. Find out more about our hospital by calling (408) 559-2011.

  • Could Your Child Have Sickle Cell Disease?

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    Sickle cell disease affects about 100,000 people in the U.S. It’s an inherited condition that is present at birth but often doesn’t cause symptoms until five months old or later. Although there is no cure for sickle cell disease, it can be managed. The pediatrics team at Good Samaritan Hospital can diagnose and treat sickle cell disease and help you understand your child’s condition. What is your child’s risk of sickle cell disease, and what warning signs should you be alert to? Here’s what you need to know.

    Risk Factors

    Anyone can get sickle cell disease , but it’s most common in certain ethnic and racial groups. Africans and African-Americans get sickle cell disease most often, but it also impacts people from the Caribbean, India, the Mediterranean, and South and Central America. If your child is from one of these groups, be especially alert to symptoms. If sickle cell anemia runs in your family or the family of your partner, your child also has a higher risk of this genetic condition.


    The first symptom most people experience with sickle cell disease is called hand-foot syndrome. It causes swelling of the hands and feet and a fever and is caused by sickle-shaped cells blocking the flow of blood. Anemia, frequent infections, episodes of pain, and pneumonia-like symptoms are also signs. As the disease progresses, leg ulcers, enlargement of the spleen, and vision loss are also possible without treatment.


    Testing for sickle cell disease is mandatory after labor and delivery in all 50 states. Sickle cells can be clearly seen under a microscope, but a hemoglobin electrophoresis test that shows the amount of abnormal sickle hemoglobin is the most commonly used test. Even if your child wasn’t diagnosed with sickle cell disease at birth in the maternity hospital, report any symptoms to your doctor right away. Early diagnosis helps keep complications at bay.

    If you are concerned about sickle cell disease, talk to your child’s pediatrician at Good Samaritan Hospital. You can also discuss testing with our maternity hospital team . Contact our San Jose hospital at (408) 559-2011.

  • Back-to-School Health: What to Pack in Your Kid’s Lunchbox

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    A new school year means a return of that age-old question faced by parents everywhere: what’s for lunch? Packing kids’ lunches isn’t always easy. You have to strike the right balance of nutrition and fun, choosing foods that will give your kids energy to get through the day and that they will actually eat. At Good Samaritan Hospital , we are committed to helping San Jose parents make smart decisions about their children’s health. When you pull out the lunchboxes again, give these ideas a try.

    Turkey Salad

    Some kids turn their noses up at tuna, chicken, and turkey salads because the sandwiches can get soggy by the time lunch comes around. Beat the wet bread by packing the salad and bread separately and letting your kids assemble at school. Turkey is a nice change from the usual fare—add some red grapes, celery, chopped nuts, and a little mayo. A whole-wheat hot dog bun is a good bread choice for easy sandwich building.

    Savory Pancakes

    What child wouldn’t love pulling out pancakes at lunchtime? Add extra nutrients by making veggie-based, savory pancakes. Add corn, grated zucchini, and parmesan to whole-wheat pancake batter made with half of the recommend amount of liquid. Cook until golden and pack when cooled. Greek yogurt makes a good dipping sauce for these tasty cakes.

    Peanut Butter Burrito

    Create a sweet twist on burritos by using peanut butter as a base. Spread a whole-wheat tortilla with peanut butter and drizzle honey on top. Add a diced banana for extra-sweetness and additional nutrients . Add a savory dimension by borrowing a trick from Elvis and sprinkling crumbled bacon on top. Roll the burrito before packing.

    Good Samaritan Hospital supports the health of our San Jose community with a number of health classes, our Consult-A-Nurse line, and our H2U service. You can also rely on our hospital for everything from emergency care to cardiac care for your entire family. Find out more about our hospital services by calling (408) 559-2011.