Specialty Services Abound

NorthBay Healthcare offers a rich slate of specialty care physicians with offices in Fairfield, Vacaville, Green Valley and Napa. In addition to those highlighted throughout this magazine, you’ll also find: Infectious Disease  NorthBay Healthcare’s infectious disease expert, Gregory Warner, D.O., has been in high demand since the outbreak of COVID-19 in February 2020, and has…
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Pandemic Delivers a Baby Boom

A lullaby tune plays over the public address system at NorthBay Medical Center every time a baby is born, and these days the tune is playing day and night.  Although an anticipated COVID-19-induced national “baby boom” did not materialize around the United States, NorthBay Healthcare is bucking the trend. NorthBay’s Labor & Delivery and Mother/Baby…
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Don’t Get Lax: Vax, Vax, Vax!

When it comes to preventive medicine, NorthBay Healthcare has three words for you: vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate! From COVID-19 vaccines and flu shots to childhood immunizations, health care experts agree it’s the best thing you can do to protect you and your loved ones from life-threatening diseases. Unfortunately, not only did the pandemic keep people away…
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Ask Kelly!

Becoming a new patient at any health care organization can be a daunting task. First you have to find the right doctor, figure out how to make an appointment, find where to go for that appointment, fill out forms on your current health and medical history, get a release of medical information, and get a…
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Excellence & Innovation, At Your Service

Let Our Doctors, Teams Make a Difference for You Excellence and innovation, close to home — that fits NorthBay Healthcare to a T. The question is, “Does NorthBay Healthcare fit you?” It does if you’re looking for expert physicians, starting with primary care specialists in Vacaville, Fairfield and Green Valley — close to home. And that’s where every health…
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Many Plans Include WHA…

The Western Health Advantage health plan was created to serve local employers and better control premium costs. Now co-owned by NorthBay Healthcare and Dignity Health (formerly known as Mercy Healthcare), it continues to grow and provide expert care for individuals and families in nine Northern California counties: Solano, Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo, Colusa, Napa,…
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Urgent Care: Stronger Than Ever

It’s been two years of pandemic pivoting, but that has only made NorthBay Urgent Care stronger and more flexible to serve the ever-changing needs of the communities it serves, according to Mary Jameson, director of Urgent Care, Primary Care in Vacaville and Women’s Health. The pandemic took hold just as NorthBay opened a second Urgent…
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Powerful Alliance: NorthBay, UC Davis Team Up in Time of Stroke

Above: Emergency medicine physician Andy Lee, M.D., shows off a wireless, bedside “robot” used in NorthBay Healthcare to connect with stroke specialists at UC Davis Medical Center. Although NorthBay Healthcare has been offering tele-stroke services at its hospitals since 2010, it entered into a new partnership with experts at UC Davis Medical Center earlier this…
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Collaboration Brings Expertise to Diagnosis

Kinue Post was having pain in her shoulder and a persistent cough back in April of 2018. The 80-year-old Fairfield woman was moving slower than normal, and sleeping most of each day. A visit to the emergency room ended with a diagnosis of pneumonia, but the medications didn’t seem to make a difference. “We have…
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Surgery on the Cutting Edge

Robotic Technology Reduces Recovery Time, Pain and Blood Loss Dan Slagle is a spry, energetic 74-year-old with “a stubborn streak” that he says ultimately got in the way of his being able to live a normal life. “If others are willing to listen to my story,” he said, “hopefully they will avoid what I went…
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Get Back on Track to Tackle Diabetes

Eat less. Do more. If only it were that easy. Those simple instructions may not be so simple for people trying to manage their diabetes, according to Jay Shubrook, D.O., diabetologist for NorthBay Healthcare. “It can be hard to know where to start.” And then came COVID-19. “The pandemic disrupted our normalcy, changed our habits,”…
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NorthBay, Mayo Clinic Solve Medical Mystery

We’ve all experienced stomach pains — after a spicy meal or a stressful day — but when Jasmine Kaur’s sharp stomach pains persisted for more than a couple of months, even without a spicy diet, the Vacaville resident made an appointment to see her primary care doctor. The physician ordered some lab work to determine the exact cause of…
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Back Out of Whack? It Could Be Your Sacroiliac

With lower back pain, it’s common for patients and their doctors to investigate the usual suspects: the muscles and discs of the spine. But what if the culprit is actually rooted somewhere else? In up to 30 percent of patients with chronic low back pain, the cause isn’t the spine at all. Instead, it’s a…
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Operation: Vaccination – NorthBay Team Does Its Part to Battle Pandemic

Thousands Receive Their Pfizer Doses at Clinics, Drive-throughs It started with a couple of physicians, a handful of nurses and a respiratory therapist boldly rolling up their sleeves and receiving the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at NorthBay Medical Center early one morning in December 2020. Fast forward many months later and NorthBay…
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NorthBay Brings Urgent Care to Grateful American Canyon

On the heels of establishing two successful urgent care centers amid retail outlets in Vacaville and Fairfield, NorthBay Healthcare, in partnership with Carbon Health, will open a third NorthBay Urgent Care facility in the summer of 2022. An official groundbreaking in June at 416 Napa Junction Road in American Canyon brought together NorthBay and American…
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Nine New DAISYs Bloom

Nine NorthBay Healthcare nurses have received the coveted DAISY award since August, 2020, presented to honor their outstanding patient outreach. They are: Susan Pack, R.N., a nurse in NorthBay Medical Center’s Mother/Baby Unit; Jayne Nanalis, R.N., a nurse in NorthBay Medical Center’s 1800 Unit; Loida de Vera, R.N., program coordinator for the Joint Replacement Program;…
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New Roles for Two Familiar Faces

Two veteran health care administrators with wide-ranging experience have assumed key leadership roles with NorthBay Healthcare. Wayne Gietz, who for the last five years guided NorthBay’s outpatient services, is the new president of NorthBay Healthcare Group. He succeeds Aimee Brewer, who is the new president and CEO of Sturdy Health in Massachusetts. Gietz has an…
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Welcome New Doctors

Larissa Chartrand, M.D. The Center for Primary Care in Vacaville welcomed another new physician to its team in November. Larissa Chartrand, M.D., is an internal medicine doctor who comes to NorthBay Healthcare from Miami Beach, Florida, where she was medical director of the primary care center and associate program director of the internal medicine residency…
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Primary Care: Your Safe Home Base

Every health care journey should start with the basics. At NorthBay Healthcare, that means picking out your primary care team of professionals who are there to serve you and your family with everything from annual evaluations and flu shots to blood pressure checks and immunizations. There are three Center for Primary Care locations — one in…
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Expert Care, Closer to Home

As the impact of a two-year global pandemic continues to affect our community, at NorthBay Healthcare we continue the battle as we also count our blessings. We are nimble enough to pivot when facing a calamity, even one as enormous as this. We have the expertise to COVID-19 test thousands of residents and put vaccines…
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NorthBay’s Many Services – All Close to Home!

NorthBay Healthcare’s two hospitals, three Center for Primary Care facilities, two Urgent Care centers and numerous specialty clinics are located in the heart of Solano County, delivering advanced medicine close to home. Service directory In Vacaville The NorthBay VacaValley Hospital Campus: 1. NorthBay VacaValley Hospital 1000 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville Services include: 24-hour emergency services,…
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It’s a Big Wide World of Vascular Surgery

Physician Loves the Variety The love Melissa Loja, M.D., has for medicine is not in vain — it’s in vein, quite literally. And arteries. And all the amazing technology she has at her disposal to make life better for her patients. As part of the NorthBay Center for Heart and Vascular, she deals with any and all…
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NorthBay Wine, Brew & Food Jubilee Postponed

Over the years, the NorthBay Wine, Brew & Food Jubilee has faced blistering heat, high winds, rainstorms and even numerous venue changes, but overcoming a global pandemic was something organizers just couldn’t surmount. The event, originally scheduled for May 16, 2020, has been rescheduled for June 2021, due to COVID-19 uncertainties. “The decision to postpone…
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Nine New DAISYs Bloom

Nine NorthBay Healthcare nurses have received the coveted DAISY award this past year, presented to honor their outstanding patient outreach. Isabelle Johnson, R.N., a nurse at VacaValley Hospital’s 1-2 West, was singled out for the compassionate care she shares not only with her patients, but with her coworkers. MacKenzie Anderson, R.N., a nurse in NorthBay…
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Welcome New Doctors

Majid Kianmajd, D.O. NorthBay Healthcare welcomed general surgeon/robotic surgery specialist Majid Kianmajd, D.O., in September. Dr. Kianmajd earned his medical degree at Touro University in Henderson, Nevada, and had minimally invasive/bariatric fellowship training at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He completed his general surgery residency at Rowan University SOM, Stratford, New Jersey. Dr. Kianmajd said…
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Community Cares with Donations, Celebrations

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread through Solano County, the community stepped up to share food, resources, personal protective equipment and good will.ABOVE: Roger Merrill, president of the Green Valley Landowners Association, spearheaded an effort to provide food to frontline health care workers.There were car parades with honks of encouragement, a military flyover, orchids for health…
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Seven Months That Changed the World

Remember what daily life was like before late February? It feels as if a decade of change has occurred in the past seven months.ABOVE: Intensive Care Unit Nurse Sherryl Oliva, R.N., wears an N-95 mask and face shield on the COVID-19 unit. Patients preparing for surgery are tested for COVID-19 at drive-through test sites (below)…
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Western Health Advantage and NorthBay

In the mid-1990s, NorthBay Healthcare executives wanted to gain control of costs and provide better quality health care. They met with leaders at Woodland Memorial, who later brought the University of California, Davis, Health System to the table. The result was a new health insurance plan. Western Health Advantage was created to serve local employers…
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Looking for the Right Insurance & Doctor? Ask Kelly!

Choosing the right insurance plan and doctors is a little like shopping for a new car. You want the one that is reliable and fits your lifestyle best. That’s where Kelly Rhoads-Poston can help. Prior to joining NorthBay Healthcare 20 years ago as a marketing representative and health plan specialist, she worked in the insurance…
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Specialists Abound for Easy Access

NorthBay Healthcare offers a rich slate of specialty care physicians with offices in Fairfield, Vacaville and Napa. In addition to those highlighted throughout this magazine, you’ll also find: NorthBay Cancer Center A team of physicians whose specialties include oncology, hematology and radiology, all located in the NorthBay Cancer Center in Vacaville. The same location offers…
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Seizing Control: Implant Helps Epileptic Patient

Katherine Bergey was just 11 years old when she had her first epileptic seizure. It was a classic grand mal seizure with violent muscle contractions. Her family says she didn’t have any more seizures like that one. Instead, over time, she experienced smaller events that would happen while she slept involving strange motions and sounds….
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Gut Instinct: Specialists have High-Tech Tools

If you have ever undergone a colonoscopy, fought heartburn, or suffered from an ulcer, you’ve likely been introduced to gastroenterology — the study of the function and diseases of the digestive system.ABOVE: The team of experts at NorthBay Gastroenterology includes (seated, left to right) Michael Krier, M.D.; Nazia Hasan, M.D.; Mounzer Al Samman, M.D.; and (standing) Farhat…
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Sudden Silence Needs Urgent Action

A ringing in the ear, a feeling of fullness or sudden silence — these issues are not to be ignored, as Barbara Battenburg discovered.ABOVE: Regular hearing checks by Wendy Schreuder (right) help keep Barbara Battenburg hearing well.The Vacaville resident was in a car with her husband in 2011 when she lost hearing in her left ear. “All…
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Diabetic Team in Your Corner

Darin Moore, 46, of Fairfield, knew he had diabetes for 20 years and did all he could to control it but when several low blood sugar incidents left him feeling out of control, he made the decision to get more help.ABOVE: Darin Moore (right) looks over his latest blood sugar reports with diabetologists (left to…
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Broken Ankle? Time for O.U.C.H.

Sprained your ankle? Broke your wrist? It’s time for O.U.C.H.! It’s better than it sounds. O.U.C.H. stands for Orthopedic Urgent Care at Hilborn.ABOVE: Physician Assistant Joe Mashinchi (right) takes a look at Dominick Baker during an orthopedic visit. Joe is the primary provider for the O.U.C.H. program, providing patients with connections to the right orthopedic…
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Pandemic Pause is Over for Elective Cases

When NorthBay Medical Center opened eight state-of-the-art surgical suites in its newly built North Wing last fall, it began providing patients with access to technology, talent and surgical equipment found nowhere else in Solano County. The suites are specially equipped to handle trauma, neurological and cardiovascular cases, but now they offer more. NorthBay expanded into…
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Parental Insight Pays Off

They’ve been there, and done that. NorthBay Healthcare’s obstetrics and gynecology team can speak with authority when it comes to all things relating to pregnancy, childbirth, and the challenges of juggling work and family time, as they are all parents. For some, the childbirth experience is fresh, as several have had their children within the…
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Mental Wellness is a Team Effort

Caring and collaboration are key components for tending to a patient’s physical condition at NorthBay Healthcare and it’s no different when it comes to a patient’s emotional well-being. NorthBay’s mental health team has been working to develop an integrated behavioral health program that provides “whole-person” primary medical care since 2011, explained Corinna Press, PsyD, a…
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Stressed? Psychologist, Team Offer Coping Tools

Even before COVID-19 changed the world, licensed clinical psychologist Corinna Press, PsyD, was focused on people struggling with depression, anxiety and other disorders. The global pandemic has only made her more determined to share her message: “You are not alone. There is hope, and it lives right here in Solano County.”ABOVE: Psychologist Corinna Press, PsyD,…
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Second Urgent Care Opens in Nick of Time

NorthBay Healthcare’s second Urgent Care Center was set to open in early March, with plans for a grand opening celebration. Then the COVID-19 crisis broke and those plans were shelved.ABOVE: J. Paz Rodriguez and sons Moises and J. Paz, Jr. check in for care at NorthBay Urgent Care Center in Fairfield.“Patients needed to be seen,”…
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Flu Shots More Important Than Ever

In 2020, getting your flu shot will be more important than ever, and NorthBay Healthcare has a unique plan to serve patients without increasing fears of exposure to COVID-19. Flu vaccines will be offered by appointment only, at various locations in Vacaville and Fairfield. Options include: Getting your vaccine during your normal visit with your…
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Don’t Get Lax on Childhood Vaccinations

Even after Solano County issued a shelter-at-home order in March, pediatricians at NorthBay Center for Primary Care facilities continued to report for duty. The only problem was that many of their young patients and parents stopped coming in for appointments. It’s understandable that at the beginning of the pandemic, families were afraid to get out…
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Primary Care: Your Safe Home Base

Every health care journey should start with the basics. At NorthBay Healthcare, that means picking out your primary care team of professionals who are there to serve you and your family with everything from annual evaluations and flu shots to blood pressure checks and immunizations.ABOVE: Kevin Xunan, D.O., is comfortable offering video visits to his…
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It’s Time to Get Back to Healthy Living

No doubt, 2020 has been marked by tremendous challenges. From the peril of COVID-19, to the stress of constant disinfecting and wearing a mask, the seemingly endless days of sheltering at home, school closures, lost vacations and proms and job insecurity. When civil unrest, looting and nationwide turmoil erupted in June, NorthBay Healthcare’s CEO and…
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NorthBay Has All Bases Covered

Service directory 1. NorthBay Urgent Care 1679 E. Monte Vista Ave., Suite 104, Vacaville Services include: NorthBay Urgent Care, NorthBay Occupational Health and testing, COVID-19 testing and X-ray services. 2. NorthBay VacaValley Hospital 1000 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville Services include: 24-hour emergency services, 44 medical-surgical beds, six critical care unit beds, two surgery suites, full-service…
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Good Time to Choose NorthBay

Our community-based, independent health system has prevailed over many crises in its 60-year history, but nothing compares to the 2020 outbreak of COVID-19. Families, schools, businesses — and humanity in general — can say the same about agonizing personal experiences in the pandemic that came to Solano County seven months ago. There’s more uncertainty ahead. But I can tell…
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New Moniker Adds NorthBay, Brew to the Mix

It started out as just a wine and cheese tasting event at a local church 33 years ago, but NorthBay Healthcare Foundation’s most popular fundraising event has evolved into so much more through the years. So, Jubilee organizers say now is the time to call it what it is: A NorthBay event with even more….
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Community Health Education Classes

Healthier Living • A six-week class offered several times during the year, taught in conjunction with Solano Public Health and the Area Agency on Aging. Classes are free but space is limited. Call (707) 646-5469. Caregivers’ Support Group • For anyone involved in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a dementia-related illness….
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Three New DAISYs Bloom

Three NorthBay Healthcare nurses are the proud recipients of the coveted DAISY award, presented to honor their outstanding patient outreach. Tiffany Song, Nora Maligaya and Christine Aye all received their awards at separate presentations in front of their nursing colleagues this year. Tiffany, a nurse in NorthBay Medical Center’s ICU, was singled out by the…
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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…
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