Our Hospital Today
Good Samaritan Hospital Today
Today, Good Samaritan Hospital’s investment in technology, ability to recruit internationally trained physicians in a wide range of specialties and commitment to developing the potential of its clinical and ancillary staff means the hospital is a community hospital able to offer advanced treatment often associated only with academic facilities.
- Good Samaritan Hospital was the first community hospital in California to utilize tPA, a clot-busting drug, to treat stroke patients. Good Sam was one of the first five hospitals in the nation to receive advanced accreditation as a Primary Stroke Center from The Joint Commission. At every reaccreditation survey, TJC has identified specific Best Demonstrated Practices developed at Good Sam for dissemination to other hospitals throughout the country. With enhanced neuro-interventional capacities—physician specialists as well as technology—Good Sam is now able to extend the potential treatment window for stroke patients from tPA’s three hours to eight hours, significantly reducing disability and death from stroke. Good Sam was the first non-academic hospital to use the Merci clot retrieval device and participates in trials developing new interventional options.
- Good Samaritan Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center, part of the first and only network of accredited Chest Pain Centers in Santa Clara County. Good Sam is also a County-designated STEMI receiving center. These accreditations reflect the hospital’s clinical capacity to quickly assess suspected heart attacks and rapidly intervene with a full continuum of modalities. The hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is backed up with full cardiovascular surgery operating room and on-call specialists. The CVICU is designed and staffed to meet the unique needs of critically ill cardiac patients, and extensive telemetry and advanced training for nurses on our Cardiovascular nursing unit provide specialized care.
- Good Samaritan Hospital is recognized regionally for its outstanding care of women with high risk pregnancies and with newborns who are born prematurely or with medical or congenital complications. To support in utero development, the hospital has a policy prohibiting elective C-section or induction without a medical reason before 39 weeks of gestation. But the hospital is prepared to handle extremely premature infants. The hospital’s smallest surviving NICU "grad" weighed 12 ounces at birth. Even so, the hospital’s antepartum program is dedicated to the prevention of premature delivery and the hospital has experienced significant gains by reducing the number of Very Low Birth Weight babies. The hospital’s Children’s Surgery Center, all private room Pediatrics Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care capacity address the unique needs of young patients. In addition to clinical recognition, the hospital has been voted into the Hall of Fame as "best place to have a baby" by readers of Bay Area Parent magazine.
- Good Samaritan Hospital is an American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer Center—and has earned its prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award in each of the last three accreditation cycles. Fewer than 20% of America’s hospitals are accredited cancer treatment providers, but they treat nearly 80% of the country’s cancer patients. The hospital has a dedicated oncology unit with all private rooms and a patient/family library providing educational resources. Nurses on the unit have advanced certification as oncology nurses. From advanced diagnostic imaging capacities like PET/CT, to a full range of medical, surgical and radiation treatments, Good Sam’s continues to be on the forefront of oncology care. The Breast Care Center offers all digital mammography, and we work closely with physicians on the use of bilateral MRI in appropriate cases. Robotic-assisted surgery offers men with prostate cancer and women with gynecological cancers minimally invasive surgical options with the potential for less pain, shorter hospital stay, briefer recovery and fewer side effects. Radiation treatment options range from Savi breast radiation treatment shortening treatment time from five weeks to five days to CyberKnife robotic-assisted radiological surgery offering intervention when tumors may otherwise be deemed inoperable.
- The hospital’s Silicon Valley Joint Replacement Center is a unique partnership with orthopedic surgeons, patients and their families to improve joint replacement surgery outcomes and return to regular activities patients suffering from debilitating joint pain, swelling and/or inflammation associated with arthritis and other diseases. Patient education begins in the physician office, extends to a family member or other coach and encourages early ambulation, group physical therapy and ambitious personal goals for achieving progress prior to discharge. The Silicon Valley Joint Replacement Center is housed on its own floor and features all private rooms with flat panel televisions and comfortable accommodations for coaches who are welcome to stay overnight.