A Change of Command

NorthBay President and CEO Gary Passama, right, introduces the team that will take the reins when he retires in March: Aimee Brewer, who will become president of NorthBay Healthcare Group and Konard Jones, who will become president and CEO.

NorthBay Healthcare Hospital Division President Konard Jones will take the role of president and CEO when Gary Passama retires on March 31, 2017 after 35 years at the helm.

At the same time, Aimee Brewer, who currently oversees all outpatient services as president of the ambulatory division, will become president of NorthBay Healthcare Group. Her duties will expand as she adds leadership responsibility of the two hospitals as well as The Surgery Center at NorthBay VacaValley.

Jones returned to the local, independent healthcare system in February 2015 to manage the day-to-day operations of NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital in Vacaville.

These selections are a result of cultivating those who live the mission and nurture the unique culture that is NorthBay Healthcare.

—Ben Huber,
Chairman of the Board

The CEO-select previously served as NorthBay Healthcare’s vice president of human resources from 1995 to 2004. He then became president and CEO of Broadline Medical Inc., but returned to hospital operations in 2011 serving as vice president, professional and support services, at UC San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland.

“Several years ago, the Board of Directors embraced a succession plan knowing that key top leaders were approaching retirement and we wanted to grow the next generation from within,” explained Ben Huber, chairman of the board. “These selections are a result of cultivating those who live the mission and nurture the unique culture that is NorthBay Healthcare.”

The outgoing CEO is confident the new wave of leadership will succeed in advancing medicine and providing compassionate care, close to home. “It’s clear that Konard has gained the trust of those who work closest with him in our hospitals, but also the other senior managers and the Board of Directors,” observed Passama.

Brewer joined NorthBay Healthcare in August 2014 with the charge of growing the array and the sophistication of services outside the hospital.

With the vision of access to excellence for patients and a partner in health and wellness to the community, Brewer has led initiatives resulting in significant improvements for NorthBay in both quality and patient experience.

“Expanding Aimee’s role was an easy decision,” said Archie Humphrey, chairman of the board of directors of NorthBay Healthcare Group, the division that oversees all medical services within the system. “She quickly acclimated to the nonprofit, community-oriented philosophy that is ingrained here. She promptly took to building relationships and partnerships, enhancing and expanding services across the organization.”

Brewer came to NorthBay Healthcare from HCA Physician Services, appointed as director of operations for MountainStar Healthcare, serving Utah, Idaho, Alaska and Nevada. Prior to joining HCA, she was administrator for the Payson Center for Cancer Care. In addition, she was a practice manager and researcher for Children’s Hospital of Boston.

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