San Jose Hospital Begins $30 Million Upgrade And Expansion

SAN JOSE (KCBS)- San Jose’s Good Samaritan Hospital will begin a $30 million expansion project next week that will include construction of dozens more patients rooms and an ICU unit for those with neurological illnesses.

Stroke is a common cause of disability and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

The hospital’s CEO Paul Beaupre said if you have stroke symptoms like slurred speech, blurred vision or inability to move, that you should get to a hospital right away.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

“At most facilities if you don’t get into the hospital within three hours there’s really nothing that the facility can do for you any longer,” said Beaupre, but he added that Good Samaritan is exceptional because it has increased the window of stroke treatment from three to eight hours.

At the new facility staff will be able to administer intravenous TPA, a blood thinning agent, to try to break the clot as well as going in and retrieving the clot, according to Beaupre.

Good Samaritan, one of the first nationally recognized stroke centers, is now equipped with a helipad which will allow for stroke patients to be brought in from all over California.

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More from Betsy Gebhart


    You can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

    S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

    T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
    (i.e. It is sunny out today.)

    R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

    If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

    New Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out Your Tongue

    NOTE: *Ask the person to ‘stick’ out his tongue. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

    Thank God for the sense to remember the ‘3’ steps, STR. Read and Learn!

    Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

    • Ginny Godbold

      I have memory problems and was thinking that R-S-T would be easier to remember than S-T-R. Then it dawned on me that the latter are the first three letters of stroke. I’d point that out as being a helpful way of remembering what to do. It would be especially helpful for us older folks who aren’t so quick to catch on.


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