San Jose Silicon Valley Home to Wealth of Health Care Options

On Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 17:18

San Jose Silicon Valley has plenty of medical choices, with more than a dozen major hospitals. The region also offers unique medical specialties not found in all parts of the country, including several clinics staffed by specialists who are among leaders in their field.

General Health-Care Facilities
Among the area's general health-care facilities, the oldest is O’Connor Hospital, which opened in 1889 and was run at the time by four members of the Daughters of Charity. More than 120 years later, O’Connor is still affiliated with the Daughters of Charity Health System and sees approximately 15,000 patients each year.

Good Samaritan Hospital offers a variety of specialized services, including a stroke team that is on call 24 hours a day. It was one of the first five hospitals in the U.S. to be certified as a Primary Stroke Center. Good Samaritan has been chosen numerous times by readers of Bay Area Parent magazine as the Bay Area’s Best Place to Have a Baby as well as a Family Favorite Hospital.

The nearby Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is a sprawling facility with nearly 600 beds. SCVMC’s programs and services include a burn center, a rehabilitation center and a women’s and children’s health clinic. It's also home to the Valley Specialty Center, which offers specialized services in areas such as genetic counseling and a cancer center.

Closer to downtown is the Regional Medical Center of San Jose, which lists cardiovascular work, neurosciences and cancer care among its specialties. Recently, the hospital underwent major renovations to include an expanded intensive care unit and an additional 77 new private patient rooms.

Other hospitals in the area include Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and Kaiser Santa Clara which offers specialized services such as a sleep-disorder clinic, weight-loss management, spine care and cardiac care, among others. Both the Genetic and Autism Spectrum Disorders regional referral centers are located in Kaiser Permanente, and the hospital holds 242 beds as well as two outpatient medical offices.

The city is also home to the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, which was included in U.S. News' 2010 list of America's Best Children's Hospitals. The hospital is dedicated solely to the treatment of babies, adolescents and expectant mothers, and has been internationally recognized for its care. The facility revolves around the idea of family-centered care, which encourages families to work together with their health-care team.

El Camino Hospital holds two campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos. Specialized services include a cancer center, women's hospital and neuroscience institute.

For a complete list of facilities, visit the City of San Jose website.

Fertility Specialists and Pediatric Care

San Jose's health-care community is also known as one with leading professionals in fertility and pediatric care. The Fertility and Reproductive Health Institute of Northern California is one of the most popular institutions in the field, as its laboratory has received repeated accreditations of excellence by the College of American Pathologists.