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Fighting fentanyl: Mother honors son with Jolly10K run

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Leslie Gentry has a smile that’s so infectious it can lift your spirits even on a bad day. It hurts to think that the 50-year-old comic book store office manager could have lost a child to fentanyl. But that’s what happened—her 22-year-old son Jolly Jones...

Recovery center opens on Lark Avenue (photo)

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Visit Health Chief Executive Officer Olympia Bliss (right) and Chief Development Officer Emily Oestreicher cut the ribbon April 27 to celebrate the organization’s new recovery center at 16400 Lark Ave., Suite 240 in Los Gatos. Visit Health Recovery’s first residential rehabilitation facility and outpatient clinic...

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...

County reports first death due to ‘tranq’ animal tranquilizer

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Authorities on Monday confirmed the first death in Santa Clara County attributed to a dangerous animal tranquilizer that is increasingly mixed with opioids such as fentanyl and heroin. A 36-year-old man who was found unresponsive in San Jose and died in late February tested positive...

El Camino Health 1st to adopt new piece of ultrasound tech as it seeks to boost sepsis care

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El Camino Health has become the first organization in the world to adopt a new technology created by Canadian company Flosonics Medical to boost care for patients suffering from sepsis and similar conditions. The new addition to their tool kit is the FloPatch, a piece...

Surgery robot stars in Los Gatos Chamber event

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Doctors from Good Samaritan Hospital showed off a precision robot made by Sunnyvale-based Intuitive Surgical called “the da Vinci Xi” at a networking mixer hosted by the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, Feb. 15. For the evening presentation at Best Western Inn of Los Gatos,...

Good Samaritan named one of America’s 250 best hospitals

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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...

County to close mass Covid-19 vaccination, testing sites

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Santa Clara County will close its mass Covid-19 vaccination and testing sites by the end of the month as they are no longer essential to the county’s pandemic response, officials said Feb. 1.  While county health officials emphasized that the pandemic is not over and...

Town shares holiday hours; renter input sought for housing plan; LG gets first-aid training center (local scene)

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LOCAL SCENE for the week of Dec. 14-20, 2022. Town offices closing for holidays Town of Los Gatos administrative offices will be closed Dec. 23-Jan. 2.  The library will also be closed Dec. 23-26 and Dec. 30-Jan. 2. Renter input sought for Housing Element update The Town of Los...

Los Gatos High principal recalls helpless moments cradling student overdosing on opioid

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Los Gatos High School Principal Kevin Buchanan felt helpless on the third day of the 2021 school year. It wasn't the typical first-week-back chaos. Instead, Buchanan was sitting on the ground, cradling the body of a student—watching their face turn white, their body clammy,...

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