San Jose: Health Care

HCA Healthcare Corp. owns two major hospitals in San Jose: the Regional Medical Center of San Jose has 204 licensed beds and serves about 45,000 patients annually in its Emergency Department; Good Samaritan Hospital is a general acute-care hospital with a licensed bed capacity of 422. A source of contention at the end of 2004 was the closing of the city's only downtown hospital, the San Jose Medical Center. Citing major revenue losses, HCA closed the 324-bed hospital a full 3 years earlier than planned, leaving residents concerned about who would care for inner-city trauma victims.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, one of California's most high-tech public hospitals, is a 524-bed acute-care facility that houses a burn unit, a rehabilitation center for patients with spinal and head injuries, a trauma center, a high-risk maternity program, and a neonatal intensive-care unit. O'Connor hospital, sponsored by the Daughters of Charity, offer heart and cancer care, sports medicine, and a Wound Care Center. Stanford Hospital in nearby Palo Alto, is highly regarded for its work in a wide variety of specialties, notably cardiovascular treatment, and is the teaching facility for the Stanford University medical school. Only 20 minutes from San Jose, the hospital's 613 beds and more than 1,800 medical staff personnel serve more than 400,000 area residents annually. Stanford Clinics offer treatment in more than 100 specialties and subspecialties.