• Spotlight on Regional Medical Center’s Stroke Center

    Though stroke claims the lives of thousands of Americans every year, as many as 80% of all cases can be prevented. To save a stroke victim’s life, it’s important to recognize the symptoms and seek professional medical care as soon as possible. Regional Medical Center of San Jose is proud to have a Primary Stoke Center at which stroke suffers can receive prompt and effective care.

    The Stroke Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose consistently receives official recognition from the American Stoke Association, thanks in part to the center’s commitment to advancing the quality of care for stroke sufferers. The Stroke Center also works hard to help stroke patients with rehabilitation and to provide ample stroke education opportunities for the San Jose community.

    If you’re lucky, you will never need to visit the Stroke Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. If you or a loved one experiences a stroke, however, you will know where to go. Call (408) 259-4000 or visit our website to learn more about our dedication to  quality stroke care  in San Jose.


  • Taking Control of Your Diabetes for Good

    Though receiving a diabetes diagnosis is a serious blow, by no means does it have to detract from the quality of your life. By learning everything you can about the disease and adjusting your lifestyle habits, you can live a long, happy life. If you receive diabetes care at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, you will likely receive the following pieces of advice:

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    Learn About the Condition
    The more you can learn about diabetes, the better equipped you will be to manage your condition. For example, you might learn that your case of type 2 diabetes was caused in part by excessive weight and inactivity, then use that information to adjust your lifestyle. Seek as much information as you can from reliable internet resources, medical professionals, and other people with diabetes.

    Stick to Your Care Routine
    Once you and your doctor create a solid management plan, stick to it as best you can. Take your dietary restrictions very seriously , and try to be active at least five days a week. Make sure your routine includes insulin shots or whatever other treatment measures your doctor prescribes. Since smoking and heavy alcohol consumption can lead to serious diabetes complications, it’s important that you quit these habits as soon as possible.

    Work Closely with Your Doctor
    Apart from yourself, your doctor is the person who can best help you manage your diabetes. Consider building a close relationship with your medical professionals, and show up for all your checkup appointments. Be sure to ask whatever questions come to mind, and always alert your doctor to potential complications. Working closely with your doctor is important for ensuring good health and adjusting your management routine as your condition changes.

    The medical professionals at Regional Medical Center of San Jose have years of experience providing care for people with diabetes. If you experience an emergency related to your diabetes, consider using our Text ER service to stay abreast of the latest emergency room wait times. You can also call us any time at (408) 259-4000 for important health information.

  • Regional Medical Center of San Jose Appoints New Chief Operating Officer


    San Jose, CA. January 28, 2014 –Regional Medical Center of San Jose today appointed Sandy Yanko as the new Chief Operating Officer. Yanko, an Industrial and Systems Engineer, brings more than 20 years of experience in operations improvement for healthcare providers to her new role at Regional, where she will assume administrative responsibility for several operating and clinical ancillary support departments and will also serve as the hospital’s Staffing Officer.

    Yanko joins Regional from the Far West Division of parent company, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Based in Henderson, Nevada she oversaw eight hospitals in Nevada and California as Vice President of Process Improvement/Management Engineering since 2003.

    “Yanko’s professional background and skills in process improvement will greatly benefit our organization and advance quality,” said Mike Johnson, Regional’s CEO. “We’re fortunate to have her as a welcome addition to our team.”

    Yanko graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She earned a Master of Science degree in the same field from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.

     She will begin her position at Regional on March 3rd.  

  • Understanding Antibiotic Resistance

    After a bacterial infection, many people assume that antibiotics are all they need to recover. However, many kinds of bacteria are adapting, and antibiotics are no longer as effective as they once were. 

    This video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discusses the dangers of antibiotic resistance. One lethal bacteria called CRE has spread to 44 states in only 10 years, To reduce the danger posed by bacteria, medical professionals and patients must work to prevent infection, track adapting bacteria, improve antibiotics, and explore new treatment options.

    The next time you suffer a bacterial infection, call Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000. We can also provide you and your family with flu shots to  keep everyone healthy  during this year’s flu season.

  • Do You Know the Leading Causes of Stroke?

    On average, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes in the United States. A stroke occurs when the supply of oxygen-rich blood to the brain is interrupted by a clot or hemorrhage. In most cases, stroke can be prevented as long as patients adapt their lifestyles and follow a few simple guidelines. The doctors at Regional Medical Center of San Jose seek to reduce the instances of stoke by spreading awareness of the condition’s most common causes.  

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    Heart Disease
    About 85% of all strokes occur because of a blockage in or narrowing of the arteries to the brain. This is called an ischemic stroke. Since heart disease increases the likelihood of blood clots, heart disease and stroke are closely linked. The combination of a sedentary lifestyle and a diet high in saturated fats, sodium, and cholesterol can increase one’s risk of heart disease and stroke.   

    Heavy Alcohol and Tobacco Use
    Heavy drinking and smoking have been implicated in numerous stroke cases. Tobacco reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood and constricts the arteries,  increasing the likelihood of a blockage . If you drink and smoke heavily, consider drinking no more than one or two drinks a day and ask your doctor about how you can stop smoking completely.

    High Blood Pressure
    Though hemorrhagic strokes are less common, they are no less serious. These strokes occur when blood vessels in the brain leak or break, causing some areas of the brain to become oversaturated with blood while other parts are deprived. High blood pressure is often implicated in hemorrhagic stroke, as hypertension can put serious pressure on the blood’s brain vessels to the point of breakage. Ways to reduce blood pressure include relieving stress, eating a healthier diet, and beginning a regular exercise regimen.

    The stroke care physicians at  Regional Medical Center of San Jose  will gladly speak to you about how you can reduce your risk of an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000 or visit our website for more information.

  • Star Jones’s Tips for Getting Healthy

    Heart disease is the number one cause of death among Americans. In this video, TV personality Star Jones discusses her experience with heart disease and open heart surgery.

    When Star began experiencing shortness of breath and lightheadedness, she knew something was wrong. She was completely surprised to learn that she had heart disease and would need to undergo open heart surgery. With the surgery behind her, Star has now decided to lend her voice and her unique platform to educating others of the seriousness of heart disease.

    To learn more about heart disease, call Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000 to set up an appointment. Our heart hospital is dedicated to fighting heart disease in all its forms so our San Jose patients can live long, healthy lives.

  • How to Stick to Your Goal to Quit Smoking

    2014 will be the year that many Americans vow to quit smoking. Unfortunately, most of these people will likely return to their old habits within six months. If you’re serious about quitting smoking in 2014 , it’s important that you stay in close contact with your doctor and seek support from friends and loved ones.

    To increase your chances of quitting successfully, it’s important that you find the right cessation method. Your doctor can help you choose from the dozens of available methods, including nicotine gum, patches, and medications. It’s also a good idea to suspend activities with friends who smoke until you are no longer tempted. Don’t let one cigarette lead you to a full-blown relapse; if you have a setback, clear your mind and recommit yourself to your resolution.

    Quit smoking

    As anyone at Regional Medical Center of San Jose will tell you, quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. To set up an appointment at our San Jose heart hospital, don’t hesitate to call (408) 259-4000.

  • How to Give Back to Your Community by Donating Blood

    Many people consider the holidays a time to give to others. If you share in this notion, why not give the gift of life? Blood transfusions are a necessary component of many medical treatment services, yet many healthcare providers lack the necessary resources to ably give transfusions to all patients that require them. Donating blood at your local heart hospital can potentially help someone whose well-being depends on a transfusion. The process is quick and convenient. In many cases, you can donate blood and continue with the rest of your day in less than 90 minutes. Having a sufficient supply of each blood type is crucial to the effectiveness of your local hospital, so contact them today to learn more about how you can become a blood donor.

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    Regional Medical Center of San Jose welcomes all eligible blood donors. If you have questions about what the process entails, call us at (408) 259-4000 to speak with a Registered Nurse. You can also visit our website to  find out more  about the events and services that our hospital provides to the greater San Jose community. 


  • Regional Medical Center Certified as Comprehensive Stroke Center



    San Jose, CA – January 7, 2014 – Regional Medical Center of San Jose has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as meeting The Joint Commission’s standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, which means it is part of an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care. Complex Stroke Centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly-specialized stroke care.

    Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes. Regional underwent a rigorous onsite review in November 2013. Joint Commission experts reviewed Regional’s compliance with the Comprehensive Stroke Center standards and requirements including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

    “By achieving this advanced certification, Regional has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Regional for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

    “The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association congratulates Regional Medical Center on its Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification,” commented Mark J. Alberts, M.D., FAHA, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association spokesperson and incoming Vice-Chair of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “Comprehensive Stroke Centers offer a high level of care for patients with the most severe and challenging types of strokes and cerebrovascular disease.”

    Regional is thoroughly committed to providing our patients with the highest quality stroke care based on current scientific research to ensure continuous improvement in care,” said Regional President and CEO, Mike Johnson. “Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients, and improved care overall for the benefit of our community.”

    For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association’s Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Center visit http://www.jointcommission.org/ or www.heart.org/myhospital.

  • How to Follow Through with Your New Year’s Resolution

    A brand new calendar year is an ideal time to forget past stumbling blocks and make a commitment to a healthier future. However, few people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions because they do not adhere to the following guidelines. To help you have a healthier 2014, Regional Medical Center of San Jose has a range of preventative services such as mammography and prostate cancer screenings. Contact us today for additional information on how you can make the New Year your best one yet.

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    Set Specific Goals
    Vague New Year’s resolutions are rarely successful ones. Simply saying that you are going to exercise more or eat better typically does not offer a clear means to achieving those goals. If you need to increase your physical fitness , choose an activity or sport that you want to pursue. Should you decide that your diet could benefit from a change, make a commitment to including more fruits or vegetables into each meal.

    Make Manageable Changes
    You have an entire year to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions, so there’s no reason why you have to check them off your list before the end of January. Especially when it involves physical fitness, setting your sights too high too soon could result in failure and frustration. To better ensure that you can be successful with your resolutions, outline a schedule that includes incremental changes over a period of time. For instance, increase your running distance by 10 percent each month or reduce your calorie intake by 100 calories each week.

    Forgive Setbacks
    You may one day decide to forego a running session, or you may choose to eat an entire bag of chips. A setback to your resolution does not need to destroy it completely. In fact, you can make a setback a valuable learning lesson by evaluating what circumstances led to it. By knowing what triggers can cause you to overlook your health needs, you can take the necessary measures to avoid them in the future.

    Is better health a priority for you in the New Year? Then call Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000 to learn more about our preventative health options. You can also use our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral program for more tips on enjoying a healthier 2014.