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May 18, 2024
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Good Samaritan named one of America’s 250 best hospitals

Good Samaritan Hospital
The large medical center at the northern gateway to Los Gatos recently did better than just getting a clean bill of health, in an industry survey. It was rated a top medical performer. According to U.S. health-specialist tracker Healthgrades, Good Samaritan Hospital, the acute-care facility...

Retired teacher gets hands-on with crayon charity

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After Los Gatos resident Kathy Bays retired from a long career as a special education instructor and school administrator, she had some time to clean out the closets full of her kids’ old stuff. She ended up with two shoeboxes full of old crayons to...

Report: Hospitals maintained safety standards despite pandemic challenges

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Despite hospital-acquired infections shooting up as much as 60% nationally during the pandemic, local facilities have managed to maintain safety standards, according to a consumer watchdog organization. Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose jumped from years of getting a “C” grade, to joining El Camino’s...

Funding secured for Blossom Hill Road office sale

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A pair of Los Gatos medical businesses are making the move from leasing to owning. This morning, Walnut Creek-based Bay Area Development Co. said it had finalized a longterm "SBA 504" loan that will allow Young Naturopathic Center for Wellness and John McCleve D.D.S. to...

Anguish and gratitude at memorial for 2021 mass shooting victims

Sheriff salutes VTA CEO
As radio commentators on Silicon Valley airwaves analyzed the latest mass shooting in Texas, local officials gathered outside a mental health facility in San Jose to mark the year that’s passed since the one that happened on Valley Transportation Authority property. On May 26, 2021,...

Sutter Health’s specialty care hospital ready to open

Dr. Alan Sue at the hospital
When you walk through the automatic doors into the new 69,000-square-foot three-story Palo Alto Medical Foundation hospital on the edge of Los Gatos, you’re greeted by a cylindrical sculpture by Albert Dicruttalo called “Unity” and a mixed-media painting by Ivy Jacobs titled “150 Shades...

How the Palms swayed its way through the pandemic

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While Tuesday is frequently a day off for restaurant industry workers, April 5 was actually quite a hectic one for Tony Loeffler, general manager of the Palms restaurant. The day’s schedule included deep cleaning in the kitchen, and manifesting an Easter buffet brunch—among myriad other...

El Camino Health gets supply chain kudos

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Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) has recognized El Camino Health with a Supply Chains of Distinction Award for 2023. The health care organization is one of 25 medium health systems awarded for its supply chain work. "El Camino Health is honored to be recognized by GHX as...

Launch of SPENGA fitness studio in Los Gatos puts spotlight on healthy living

Tin Tin Wisniewski says she’s hooked on working out at the new SPENGA fitness studio on Los Gatos Boulevard.
Cheers rang out from a group of young women at the sparkling fitness studio in northern Los Gatos, May 25. One of them, 36-year-old Cibele Menezes, had just received word from the SPENGA head office in Chicago they’d officially certified her to teach at their...

Child sex crimes case put on hold for Los Gatos baker

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The criminal case against a man who ran an artisianal bakery in Los Gatos and is accused of several child sex offenses has been paused as the court decides if he’s mentally fit to stand trial. Ali Asghar Shemirani has been charged with three felonies...