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    How to Stick to Your Goal to Quit Smoking

    Last updated 3 months ago

    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.

    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 (888) 762-8881.   

    How to Give Back to Your Community by Donating Blood

    Last updated 3 months ago

    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.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose welcomes all eligible blood donors. If you have questions about what the process entails, call us at (888) 762-8881 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

    Last updated 3 months ago


    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 or


    How to Follow Through with Your New Year's Resolution

    Last updated 3 months ago

    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.

    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 (888) 762-8881 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. 

    Men's Health Tips for the New Year

    Last updated 3 months ago

    American men have a tendency to stay away from their doctors and ignore health concerns. Whether it’s a matter of pride or busy schedules, these men put themselves at serious risk by pretending nothing is wrong. If you’re a man, you should heed the advice of Regional Medical Center of San Jose and consider the following health tips for 2014:     

    Quit Tobacco and Limit Alcohol Consumption
    Though the differences between the genders are shrinking, men are still more likely than women to smoke and drink excessively. Quitting smoking can significantly reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and many other potentially deadly diseases. Reducing your alcohol intake can further reduce your risk of these conditions and prevent alcohol-related injuries or accidents. If you can, try to bring your alcohol consumption down to one drink a day.    

    Begin a Smart Exercise Regimen
    Over 70% of men do not get the recommended amount of exercise, and those who do often push themselves to the point of injury. To improve your health in 2014, consider light exercise for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, then work your way up from there. For advice on how to exercise without injuring your muscles and joints, consult your doctor.

    See Your Doctor for a Checkup
    Though you may feel fine at the moment, you never know when a serious ailment will strike. To stay on top of any serious conditions that may arise, schedule at least one doctor appointment in 2014. If you’re an older man, you should consider going in for a prostate exam, a colonoscopy, and other screening procedures. Most importantly, follow your doctor’s advice regarding your health.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose is dedicated to keeping South Bay Area residents healthy in 2014 and beyond. Our Health To You (H2U) wellness program offers important health advice for both men and women. Call (888) 762-8881 or visit our website to find out how our medical professionals can serve you.  


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