Our Key to Achieving Advanced Medicine

I am humbled and excited to settle into this space in Wellspring, providing a CEO’s view of NorthBay Healthcare—today and into the future. I have just completed my first 100 days at the helm of this nonprofit, independent community institution and it feels natural. I have my predecessor, Gary Passama, to thank for that because…
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High-tech Tools in NorthBay’s Pocket

Do the words “community hospital” conjure the image of a place where complex brain and spinal surgery happen on a regular basis? Or where life-saving orthopedic care is available 24/7/365? Where cutting-edge equipment and medical know-how allow cancer patients get their treatments close to home? Or where the parents of fragile newborns can keep an…
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The Road Ahead

When I became CEO of NorthBay Healthcare I had just turned 33, and everyone was older than me. Time ticked by, and with it an unsettling feeling has started to grow. You see, 35 years later, most everyone is younger. Although that was not the pivotal reason, I realized it was time for me to…
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End of an Era

Longtime CEO Reflects on 35 Years in Health Care NorthBay Healthcare President/CEO Gary Passama It was 1981 and a gallon of gas cost $1.25, Ronald Reagan was president and Intercommunity Hospital in Fairfield was happy just to offer basic medical care. It was a small, one-hospital system, opened in 1960, but unequipped medically to handle…
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Welcome a New CEO

Watch anything from the same vantage point for 35 years and you will recognize how some things change and some things stay the same. So it has been from my perch, working side by side with some very passionate and compassionate people who believe the community’s health is life’s purpose. The technology and infrastructure of…
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A Fine Collaboration

Long admiring the Mayo Clinic from afar, it struck me at times how much we share a vision of why we exist and how we do what we do. When I visited the Rochester, Minn., headquarters of the worldwide leader in health care and research in April, I saw the words of Dr. William Mayo…
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What’s the Difference?

Just About Everything at NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness General Manager Greg Nagaye and Fitness Director Mike Cole. You think you’re headed to the gym, but the moment you step into NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. That’s the promise of General Manager Greg Nagaye who opened the doors this July to Solano County’s…
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Be Your Best You

For many years, NorthBay Healthcare has been integrating “wellness” into everyday medicine. It’s been a years-long process of changing the mindset of our patients, and in some cases, our care providers. It’s not enough to “get well” after a visit to the Emergency Department or the intensive care unit or the family physician. The medical…
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Evolving and Advancing Medicine for Solano County

Nearly 34 years ago, a noted author thought he was way ahead of his time and published a much-discussed tome, “Can Hospitals Survive.” That was about the time the Board of Directors gave me the opportunity to lead a community-based organization that has evolved into NorthBay Healthcare. The writer outlined all the changes occurring in…
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Work of Heart

The morning the call came is a morning that will be remembered for a very long time—maybe forever. A conference room in Fairfield and one in Vacaville were filled. We had gathered to eavesdrop. Kathy Richerson, Chief Nursing Officer, was on one end of the call. On the other was the leader of a respected…
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