A Hit with Patients, Parents

Casey Alvarez was only 2 months old when he got his first ear infection. “It was 2 a.m. and he was running a low-grade fever and tugging at his ear,” recalled mother Kryslyn, a phlebotomist at NorthBay Healthcare. “We’d just established as patients at NorthBay and hadn’t even seen a doctor yet. But it was…
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Best Defense: Annual Exams

Benjamin Franklin advised us that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and this is particularly true when it comes to our health. Regular health exams and tests can spot problems before they start, or when the chances for treatment and cure are better. The first step toward living a longer, healthier…
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Tackling Blood Pressure

The American Heart Association says nearly half of all American adults have high blood pressure. That number jumped dramatically when guidelines from the heart association and 10 other health organizations redefined high blood pressure as 130 over 80 late last year. It had been 140 over 90 since the early 2000s. ABOVE: Dr. Ehsan Ghods…
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Helping Leukemia Patient on His Journey

It was a mother’s worst nightmare: Your son has severe, flu-like symptoms and an uncontrolled nosebleed that, you learn, is the result of a life-threatening illness. You are new to the community and don’t know where to turn for care. ABOVE: NorthBay Healthcare’s highly trained oncology staff, including Carolyn Bailey, R.N., and James Long, M.D.,…
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A Change of Heart

Yvonne Lindsey, 51, used to dread visits to her doctor at a local clinic. The Fairfield resident knew she was in for a scolding, along with directives she had no intention of following. But now she looks forward to visits every six months with her NorthBay Healthcare cardiologist, Milind Dhond, M.D., and a team of…
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Thanks to Surgery, She’s Moving Again!

Karen Parrish and her husband, Jerry, always loved to be on the go. “We like to be out there and going here and there and everywhere,” said Jerry. “I’ll say,” quipped Karen. “We took 12 cruises in two years!” ABOVE: Karen Parrish says Dr. Andrew Brooks has been a huge supporter throughout her recovery. But…
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Relief from a Lifetime of Pain

The first time Kim Ponte suffered a whiplash injury, she was just 6 years old. “It was Christmas morning and my brother and I were in the back seat of the family car,” the 61-year-old Vacaville resident recalled. “We were rear-ended by a car that then also got rear-ended by another car. And then a…
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Intervention Saves Critically Ill Woman

By the time her family got Dorothy Whitteaker to the emergency room at NorthBay Medical Center, she was in dire condition. Dorothy had developed a large hole in her esophagus, following a fairly common procedure to help with swallowing difficulties, done by a doctor outside of the NorthBay Healthcare system. Fluids filled her lungs and…
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