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    Which Vaccinations Does Your Baby Need to Stay Healthy?

    Last updated 1 day 10 hours ago

    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 (888) 724-2362.  

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

    Last updated 6 days ago

    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 (888) 724-2362 to talk to one of nurses or to ask for a physician referral. 

    Spotlight on Good Sam's Radiation Oncology Program

    Last updated 8 days ago

    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 (888) 724-2362 to learn more. 

    Improve Your Care with Good Samaritan's Patient Portal

    Last updated 13 days ago

    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 (888) 724-2362. 

    Tips for a Heart-Healthy Pregnancy

    Last updated 15 days ago

    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 (888) 724-2362.  

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