• Regional Medical Center of San Jose: First Hospital in California to Receive the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll!

    Birth Dose Honor Roll

    The Women & Children’s Services at Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in California to receive the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll awarded through the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC).  The honor roll program was launched July 16, 2013.

    In order to achieve the Hepatitis B Birth dose Honor Roll, Regional Medical Center has maintained greater than 90% rate of babies receiving the hepatitis B vaccine prior to discharge.  RMC has written policies and standing orders for babies born to Hepatitis B positive mothers, as well as those with unknown hepatitis B status, and those who are negative for the virus. Any woman with unknown hepatitis B status is tested when delivering a baby at RMC.   All infants born at RMC routinely receive hepatitis B vaccine before discharge.  The nursery department works closely with the Santa Clara Department of Public Health perinatal hepatitis B prevention program to ensure follow up of those infants at risk of contracting the disease. 

    In Santa Clara County, approximately 800 babies are born each year to Hepatitis B infected mothers.  Without treatment, 90% of these infants would develop chronic infections.  Early vaccination is 85-95% effective in preventing transmission of the disease.

  • What You Need to Know About Mammograms for Breast Cancer Screening

    Breast Cancer Awareness

    A mammogram can significantly impact your future wellbeing. This noninvasive procedure can offer a glimpse into your breast health that a self-examination and clinical examination cannot. That’s why Regional Medical Center of San Jose urges women in the greater San Jose community to undergo this vital preventative screening.

    What role do mammograms play in breast cancer prevention?
    A mammogram is an x-ray process that yields images of breast tissue. Examinations can detect the possible presence of breast cancer once the disease has manifested conspicuous symptoms. In contrast, a mammogram can reveal potential signs of breast cancer well before it has become sizeable enough to be felt or seen. As a result, a mammogram can help doctors find breast cancer before it has grown or spread to other sites.

    How does the mammogram procedure work?
    Women who undergo mammogram screenings must partially disrobe to allow unobstructed access to the breasts. For the comfort of each patient, discretion is of top priority during a mammogram screening. The x-ray machine compresses the breast, one at a time, to provide as clear an image as possible. The entire process is usually done in less than an hour and in complete privacy.

    Why do breast care experts recommend mammograms for women over 40?
    Though breast cancer can affect those under the age of 40, the disease most commonly occurs in older women. To increase the odds of finding a cancerous mass while it is still contained to the primary site, mammograms are advised for women 40 years old or older. Combined with monthly self-examinations and doctor-administered evaluations, mammograms can facilitate early breast cancer detection and breast care.

    Do you have more questions about what happens during a mammogram? The staff at Regional Medical Center of San Jose would be glad to address your concerns and answer any questions you have about breast care. Call (408) 259-4000 to speak with a representative at our San Jose facility. Should you experience a medical issue that requires emergency assistance, our iTriage Symptom Checker can tell our doctors that you are on your way.

  • Understanding Your Breast Health As a New Mom

    Looking after your breast health can in turn help your newborn baby grow to be a strong and healthy child. In this video, you will learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding for infants.

    The medical community advises new mothers to breastfeed their children when possible. Because breast milk contains the ideal concentration of vitamins, minerals, and antibodies that newborns need for strength and immunity protection, it is preferable to feeding formulas. If you are in good breast health, help your child have the nutrients they need for their ultimate wellbeing. Breastfeed as recommended by your physician for best results.

    If you are concerned about your breast health or in need of breast care in San Jose , contact the Regional Medical Center of San Jose by calling (408) 259-4000. We also provide world-class urgent care in addition to our breast care services.