A Season of Awards

Accolades from Across the Nation Pour in for Local Healthcare System

ABOVE: Teams celebrate on hearing the news that NorthBay earns redesignation as a Baby-Friendly (top) and Magnet organization (bottom).

NorthBay Earns Magnet Status — Again!

With scores of NorthBay Healthcare employees across campuses and medical offices in Vacaville and Fairfield listening in, an August conference call from the Commission on Magnet of the American Nurses Credentialing Center revealed much-anticipated good news: NorthBay Healthcare has again earned its status as a “Magnet” organization.

It’s the second time since 2014 that the organization has earned the highest level of recognition that a healthcare system can receive for quality nursing care.

“I’m so proud of our nursing team members for their ongoing commitment to nursing excellence, as well as the entire organization for participation and commitment in achieving this wonderful honor,” said Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Traci Duncan.

Only 6.6 percent of hospitals in the United States have earned Magnet status.

Designated Baby-Friendly Once More!

NorthBay Medical Center again earned designation as a Baby-Friendly hospital.

News of the re-designation came in September in a letter from Baby-Friendly USA, an international breastfeeding education and support program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

“Be proud and celebrate…the NorthBay team provides our smallest patients with the healthiest start in life,” said Katie Lydon, director of Women and Children’s Services.

In announcing the re-designation, Baby-Friendly USA officials noted that NorthBay has implemented all of the 10 steps to successful breastfeeding and has met the requirement of purchasing breast milk substitutes.

NorthBay is the only hospital in Solano County that is designated as Baby-Friendly.

Gold Achievement in Cardiac Care

NorthBay Medical Center received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain — MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2019. It is one of only 30 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

This marks the sixth year in a row for the Fairfield hospital to be honored with this award. It recognizes NorthBay’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that the hospital has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

In addition, NorthBay was recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) as a leader in getting patient blood pressure rates under control, earning a 2019 Target: BP Gold award for achieving blood pressure control rates of 70 percent or more in their adult patient population with high blood pressure.

NorthBay Stroke Program Earns Gold Plus Award

For the fourth year in a row, NorthBay Medical Center earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and also qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll.

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

“Caring for our patients is our No. 1 priority,” said Beth Gladney, NorthBay Stroke Program manager.

NorthBay Medical Center also received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite award which honors quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with a clot-busting drug.

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