Although the newly opened North Wing may seem like it’s the center of NorthBay Healthcare’s universe, it’s actually only one of a number of projects that have come to fruition in the past three years.
The North Wing was actually the final piece of a three-phase project at the NorthBay Medical Center campus in Fairfield. First came the Welcome Pavilion, a striking vision of modern glass and steel. It opened in November 2016, and serves as the entrance point for all visitors, with an information desk, patient registration and the Guild gift shop.
Less than a year later, an expanded Emergency Department opened with 10 additional patient beds and new trauma bays, including one devoted to cardiac resuscitation. It also added three high-acuity beds with patient lifts, and a dedicated CT Scanner.
If you’ve been watching the headlines in the past five years, you know that not all NorthBay’s improvements happened on the Fairfield campus. Here’s a snapshot of our growth around Northern Solano County:
1. Occupational Health’s New Home
In 2015, NorthBay Occupational Health and NorthBay Employee Health moved into the first floor suites of 2470 Hilborn Road. Upstairs became administrative offices for the health care organization, while the downstairs offered rooms for medical exams and therapy.
2. A Place for Wellness
The VacaValley Wellness Center opened on the NorthBay VacaValley Hospital campus in the summer of 2016 to rave reviews. An innovative design separates the “back of house” medical activities from patients, so the result is more calm, peaceful appointments, and a more collaborative environment for clinicians. It is the new home of the NorthBay Cancer Center and also offers diagnostic imaging services.
3. Success in a Retail Setting
NorthBay Urgent Care opened its doors in the Nut Tree Plaza in Vacaville in January 2018, and has been busy ever since. It is Solano County’s first retail-based urgent care clinic and is a partnership between NorthBay Healthcare and Direct Urgent Care. Because the facility had extra space available, Occupational Health elected to open a Vacaville location inside the facility in September. About the same time, orthopedic surgeons scored with a Saturday sports clinic, to coincide with football season. Now it’s back by popular demand.
4. One-Stop Shop for Orthopedics
Orthopedics, Rehabilitation and X-ray united under one roof on the Hilborn Road campus in Fairfield in March 2018, to offer patient-centric services. Work began on the $5.9 million project two years earlier, when architects, engineers, patients and department teams came together to create an efficient design to streamline care for patients.
5. Partnering to Help At-Risk Patients
An innovative health partnership between NorthBay Healthcare and OLE Health was celebrated with a grand opening of a second OLE Health clinic in Fairfield in November 2018. NorthBay provides 2,000 square feet of space in the NorthBay Health Plaza to host the community-based health center, which primarily helps disadvantaged families.