• Celebrating Good Samaritan Hospital’s 50th Anniversary!

    Since 1965, Good Samaritan Hospital has been serving the San Jose community while continuing to grow with the surrounding city and stay on the cutting edge of treatment technologies fit for the Silicon Valley region. This year, the hospital celebrates its 50th anniversary, which you might participate in through classes, events, and volunteer opportunities. Here’s a look back at the history of Good Samaritan Hospital and 50 years in San Jose.

    50 Years of Community Care

    Good Samaritan Hospital was founded with the mission of providing excellent medical care to treat the whole person—mind, body, and soul—while also growing to meet the needs of a rising population. The hospital’s doors opened in 1965, and the facilities had doubled in size over the next nine years thanks to additional fundraising and strategic planning. The 1980s saw even more growth of the hospital as programs developed in comprehensive cancer care, family-centered labor and delivery services, and surgery, and cardiovascular care. Upon the purchase of the nearby Mission Oaks Hospital, Good Samaritan was able to expand rehabilitation and behavioral health services as the main hospital campus became a regional leader in stroke care, high-risk pregnancies, and neonatal intensive care.

    Awards and Accreditations

    As a Certified Chest Pain Center, Good Samaritan Hospital is a county-designated STEMI receiving center. The hospital was also the first in the county to become a Stroke Certified Hospital. Bay Area Parent magazine has recognized Good Samaritan as the “Bay Area’s Best Place to Have a Baby” and “Family Friendly Hospital” for more than 10 years running as a result of providing the most advanced obstetric care with a focus on family-centered services.

    To discover everything that Good Samaritan Hospital has to offer for the care of you and your family, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 724-2362.

  • Exploring Good Samaritan Hospital’s Expanding Cancer Care

    Diagnosing and treating cancer is a unique facet of medical care, because a cancer diagnosis can be such a devastating experience for patients and their families. The right care involves emotional and family support in addition to the most sophisticated technologies available in a clinical cancer care setting. Good Samaritan Hospital has a long history of providing exceptional oncological care in San Jose, and we continue to expand our services to better meet the needs of the community. Here is a look at our cancer care services and some of the latest additions to our oncology unit to help San Jose patients prevent and fight cancer for a brighter, healthier future.

    Dedicated Oncology Unit

    Through a dedicated 18-bed oncology unit, Good Samaritan provides evidence-based cancer care from a team of oncologists, physicians, and nurses. This unit has been nationally recognized and is part of the Association of Community Cancer Centers, a group that defines quality care for patients facing cancer diagnoses. As the needs of the community continue to grow, the oncology unit continues to expand and offer new services.

    Early Lung Cancer Screening

    Lung cancer is among the deadliest cancers, because it is often diagnosed in late stages when symptoms develop. To help reduce the number of lung cancer deaths, Good Samaritan has implemented an early lung cancer screening program with low-dose CT scans for high-risk patients.

    Innovative Cancer Treatment Options

    As a pioneer of innovative cancer treatments, Good Samaritan has begun offering clinical trial treatments with whole body hyperthermia, which heats cancer cells to temperatures they cannot survive. Cancer cells are mutated cells that do not heal well, so the process of heating a patient’s blood only damages those harmful cells.

    For more news and information on Good Samaritan Hospital’s oncology unit, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 724-2362. We are proud to be a regional leader in cancer care, serving the greater San Jose community.

  • Should You Become an Organ Donor?

    As an organ donor, you have the chance to make a significant contribution after you have passed away by offering the gift of vital organs with no financial burden to you or your family. During National Donate Life Month this April, you might consider putting your name on the donor list so that you have the potential to save lives in the future. Here is a closer look at organ donation to help you decide if you should become a donor.

    Organ Donor Qualifications

    Nearly any adult can be an organ donor, regardless of age. There are, however, some conditions that may prevent an individual from becoming a donor. These include actively spreading cancers and HIV. Individuals who are not eligible to become donors may still contribute to advances in medicine by donating their bodies to science through the appropriate facilities.

    The Need for Donors

    There are currently more than 105,000 people waiting for solid organ transplants, though one donor can save up to eight lives. Even still, about 18 people die each day because they have not received organ or tissue donations. Organs that may be transplanted include the heart, liver, lungs, pancreas, and intestines, and many of these donations will save someone’s life.

    Organ Donation Process

    Organs are donated based on need determined by the national transplant waiting list. When an organ becomes available, patients are compared to the donor in terms of blood and tissue type, organ size, and urgency of illnesses. The best match will receive the organ in a specialized hospital affiliated with the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.

    To explore more facts about organ donation and discover innovative treatments in clinical trials in San Jose, call Good Samaritan Hospital at (888) 724-2362 to speak with one of our registered nurses. For everyday health tips and wellness solutions, enroll in our H2U program.

  • Understanding the Branches of Neurological Care

    Neurology is a rapidly evolving area of medicine, which treats any disorder of the brain or spine. Within the neurosciences and neurological fields, there are many subspecialties that address specific conditions with consistently updated technologies. Below, you can get a look at some of the branches of neurology offered in San Jose at Good Samaritan Hospital.

    Neurovascular Surgery

    Neurovascular disorders such as carotid artery stenosis, intracerebral aneurysm, and stroke are all related to the restriction of blood flow in the brain, which may require surgical treatment to repair. Neurovascular surgery focuses on these conditions with many minimally invasive procedures that can restore blood circulation for improved patient outcomes.

    Epilepsy Treatment

    Epilepsy is a complex condition in which patients experience episodes of seizures, so it requires highly specialized care. Epilepsy treatment may include conventional therapies such as medication or innovative alternative treatments in a clinical trial setting.

    Spine Surgery

    Spine surgery is a branch of neurology that deals with disorders of the spine that may lead to back pain, immobility, and numbness of the extremities. Patients might consult spine surgeons after exhausting other treatment options or to compare surgery to other more conservative therapies. Minimally invasive surgical techniques have greatly advanced spine surgery and allowed more patients to see success from surgical treatment.

    Deep Brain Stimulation

    Deep brain stimulation is a common treatment for essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease in which electrodes produce electrical pulses in the brain to regular abnormalities in the electrical signals that power the nervous system. In order to have deep brain stimulation, patients need to have electrodes implanted in certain parts of the brain.

    Neuro-Interventional Surgery

    Procedures used in the field of neuro-interventional surgery are minimally invasive, meaning that they require incisions no larger than a nickel. Neuro-interventional surgery addresses a wide range of conditions in the brain and spinal cord that may otherwise require open surgery.

    If you have been diagnosed with any neurological condition, call Good Samaritan Hospital at (888) 724-2362 for a physician referral. Our San Jose facilities feature state-of-the-art technologies with anemerging neurosciences unit to provide patients with the most advanced care available.