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Fentanyl deaths are on the rise in Santa Clara County. Several of these deaths linked to fake pills
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Fentanyl deaths are on the rise in Santa Clara County. Several of these deaths linked to fake pills
Santa Clara County, CA. Fentanyl is a very powerful opioid drug — 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine—and exposure to even small amounts can cause overdose and death. While pharmaceutical fentanyl is approved for treating severe pain, fentanyl is also used in fake pills and in powder form. Many people take these pills thinking they are taking oxycodone, unaware that they may contain lethal doses of fentanyl. Even one pill, a fragment of a pill or one snort can be fatal.
County of Santa Clara hospitals part of national COVID-19 convalescent plasma study
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County of Santa Clara hospitals part of national COVID-19 convalescent plasma study
SANTA CLARA COUNTY. May 12, 2020. As one of the hardest hit locations in California, treatment options for hospitalized COVID-19 patients is of critical importance. The clinical staff at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, O’Connor Hospital and St. Louise Regional Hospital are participating in a Mayo Clinic sponsored research study regarding convalescent plasma. The study began at all three facilities on April 9, 2020.
May is Mental Health Month
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Help available for those anxious about COVID-19
May is Mental Health Month
Santa Clara County, CA. Throughout the month of May, the Behavioral Health Services Department (BHSD) will highlight available resources and special events to bring awareness to mental health in our communities and help eliminate stigma around mental health issues.
Responding to national shortage, Google donates 49,000 face shields
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Responding to national shortage, Google donates 49,000 face shields
SAN JOSE - Responding to a national shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers, the Valley Medical Center Foundation announced today a donation of 49,000 face shields designed and assembled by teams at Google. The shields will be deployed at hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and other high-risk environments throughout Santa Clara County during the COVID-19 crisis.
The County of Santa Clara Health System is our local healthcare safety net and provider of comprehensive care, service, and program to the residents of our county. The Health System includes the Behavioral Health Services Department, Public Health Department, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center hospital and clinics, O'Connor Hospital, St. Louise Regional Hospital, Emergency Medical Services Agency, Custody Health Services Department, and Valley Health Plan. We are dedicated to the health and well-being of all communities in Santa Clara County.

Here is just some of the work of the Health System:

  • Manage the 911 system
  • Provide high quality care for women and infants
  • Deliver specialized treatment for emergency care, trauma, and burn injuries
  • Protect people during public health emergencies like earthquakes
  • Provide mental health services including suicide prevention and crisis services
  • Offer a low-cost health plan through Covered California
  • Make primary care, family medicine, and pediatric care available
  • Provide care to those with no health coverage or ability to pay
  • Support safe communities through anti-domestic violence programs
  • Promote the necessity and benefits of childhood and other immunizations

Your Health System will continue to improve the patient and customer experience, maximize the value of the services and care we provide, and improve the health of the community. We are committed to Better Health for All.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​