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 he and our Board of Directors long ago put together a succession plan to ensure that whoever would be writing this essay was focused on keeping NorthBay Healthcare the leading health care system in Solano County.

We also welcome a new corporate board chairman. Mark Sievers, a 26-year veteran of several NorthBay boards, was sworn in as chairman of the NorthBay Healthcare system board on June 14. He has the depth of knowledge about our organization that will serve us well in his new role.

Mark takes the helm from G. Ben Huber, a 30-year board veteran who will continue as a health care system director.

These are exciting times for us, our physicians, our nurses and support staff, our patients and our community. We have redefined what it means to be a community hospital.

It does not mean small, limited, or unrefined. Peruse the pages of this Wellspring and you will see what I mean.

NorthBay Healthcare has never been an organization to follow trends, nor do we shy away from always doing the right thing. When it doesn’t seem like we can do it, when the odds are against us, we just do it.

Whether it is earning membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network or becoming the county’s first Level II trauma program verified by the American College of Surgeons, we just do it.

But we are not done. Far from it.

It is absolutely essential that we continue to develop and grow services in neuroscience, heart and vascular, stroke programs and trauma care. The time is right to embrace new technology, such as robotics.

After all, that is the NorthBay way.

B. Konard Jones
President and Chief Executive Officer

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