Last updated 3 days ago
Getting any flu shot can significantly lower your chances of contracting it, but you can choose from among more than a half-dozen different vaccine options. Two flu shot varieties safeguard against four strains of the disease. One can be taken as a nasal spray, and the other is given as an injection. The remaining flu vaccine choices provide protection for three forms of the illness. Individuals who would rather not get a traditional flu shot can receive one that enters only the skin and not the underlying muscle tissue. The public can also get an egg-free flu shot. However, those with no egg allergies can safely receive a vaccination containing egg. Some people may opt for the flu shot with a vaccine solution created with cell culture. An especially strong form of the vaccination is available as well for seniors, as they often are more at risk for flu complications such as pneumonia.
Have you received your 2013-14 flu shot? Call Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (888) 762-8881 for a vaccination time. Our San Jose hospital would be happy to explain in further detail your flu shot options.
Last updated 4 days ago
Regional Medical Center symbolically opened its new four-story hospital tower today with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by Regional’s President and CEO Mike Johnson, and attended by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, City Councilmember Xavier Campos, County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Mahood, and many other dignitaries and guests. The opening signifies Regional’s near completion of a $330-million expansion project that, in addition to the new hospital tower, includes: a two-story hospital wing, Emergency Room expansion and renovation, Breast Care Center, expanded Intensive Care Unit, elevated Helipad, and Cardiac Catheterization Electrophysiology Lab.
“This is an exciting day for Regional Medical Center and parent company HCA (Hospital Corporation of America),” said Johnson. “Regional Medical Center has totally reinvented itself with this expansion project. The new tower will open to patients in January 2014 with all private rooms and advanced technology to help us better serve Silicon Valley’s health care needs.”
Mayor Reed said “this is a big day in the city of San Jose. Regional Medical Center invested in this site to provide better access to healthcare and quality of services for a large part of the city. We’re delighted to see this brand new facility open.”
The Mayor, Councilmember Campos and Supervisor Chavez presented Regional city and county proclamations commending Regional for serving the healthcare needs of the community.
The privately funded 340,000 square-foot project, built by Skanska USA, provided more than 1,000 jobs to the community including Disadvantage Business Enterprise subcontractors. Regional remained fully functional during construction and patient care was not disturbed. Environmental impacts were minimal with an elaborate recycling and waste reduction plan and Skanska’s ISO 14001-certified environmental management system that reduces construction impacts.
The four-story tower will add 81 private beds and largely serve as Regional’s replacement hospital.
Last updated 1 month ago
Even healthy adults can succumb to the flu. That’s why Regional Medical Center of San Jose urges all individuals in the greater San Jose region to get their yearly flu vaccinations prior to the commencement of the flu season. In addition to this important prevention step, you can keep the following items close at hand to help cope with the flu season during the next several months.
A flu vaccination can substantially lower a person’s risk of getting sick, but it cannot completely prevent contraction of the flu. Because this illness can travel through hand-to-hand contact, keeping the hands free of germs is integral to staying healthy all winter long. Whenever one or both hands come into contact with a potentially germ-infested surface, such as a doorknob or gas pump, clean them immediately with hand sanitizer.
Tissues are great at containing the germs that could travel from mouth to hand, eye, or nose when a person coughs or sneezes. Have them ready if someone is about to cough or sneeze. If you are the person who is doing the coughing or sneezing, always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue to prevent the spread of germs that could lead to the flu.
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The flu could bring on serious complications, including fatigue, fever, and dehydration. If you or a loved one becomes sick, do not wait to get help if the illness progresses or turns severe. Having your doctor’s phone number on hand is key to preventing a serious case of the flu from becoming a grave one. Your doctor can instruct you on how to manage flu symptoms, and if necessary, he can recommend a trip to urgent care.
Don’t chance your health by not getting your annual flu shot. To schedule your vaccination, call Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (888) 762-8881. If you suspect that you or a loved one has the flu, use our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system to track symptoms and find ways to manage them.
Last updated 1 month ago
Diabetes can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or profession. Musician Nick Jonas was diagnosed with the disease when he was just 13 years old. In this video, Jonas speaks with Larry King about living with diabetes.
Because blood sugar spikes and drops can result in health problems, Jonas must check his levels approximately a dozen times each day. He also sees his doctor at least four times a year. When on stage, Jonas also makes sure that he has juice close by at all times should he experience a sudden blood sugar drop. By taking care of his health, Jonas hopes to remain free of diabetes complications such as vision and extremity loss.
Have you been diagnosed with diabetes? Regional Medical Center of San Jose can help you manage your care. Call our San Jose location at (888) 762-8881 for an appointment.
Last updated 1 month ago
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.