Bringing HOPE to NorthBay

Women’s Philanthropy Group Supports Health Care Mission

The Women’s HOPE Steering Committee is (l-r) Keyo Tocchini, Susan Cianci, Gaylene Andersen, Francie Bryan, Katie Lydon, Ana Reyes and Wendy Jackson.
The Women’s HOPE Steering Committee is (L-R) Keyo Tocchini, Susan Cianci, Gaylene Andersen, Francie Bryan, Katie Lydon, Ana Reyes and Wendy Jackson.

Have a passion for assuring there is quality health care available locally? Want to make a difference in your community? You’re invited to join a new women’s philanthropy group with the mission of supporting NorthBay Health.

NorthBay Health Foundation has created a new initiative for women in Solano County: “Women’s HOPE at NorthBay.” It’s a networking group focused on Health, Opportunity, Philanthropy and Engagement.

Throughout the year, HOPE members will be invited to exclusive, fun and educational events, where they will hear directly from physician leaders, specialists and hospital administrators about general health care issues that affect residents of Solano County, and the care NorthBay Health provides.

“Our goal is to build a network of like-minded women making a difference through collective philanthropy and engagement.”
Paul McGinty, President of NorthBay Health Foundation

An initial kick-off reception to introduce HOPE’s mission and goals was held May 2, when executive leaders shared an inside look at NorthBay’s future, followed by a presentation from the NorthBay Heart & Vascular team.

Katie Lydon, Women’s HOPE steering committee member and NorthBay nurse leader, set the evening’s tone by describing NorthBay’s unique ability — as an independent, community-based health system — to make quick decisions that have a positive impact on the quality of care it provides to Solano County residents.

“The past year and a half has been very challenging to our organization,” she told the gathering of more than three dozen. “But our nimbleness to make necessary changes is incredibly unique, as is the uniqueness of the people who work here. Throughout the organization, you’ll find employees dedicated to serving our community.”

The second Women’s HOPE meeting was held July 25 at Wooden Valley Winery, where guests learned about NorthBay’s Magnet and trauma programs. Another session is planned for Oct. 3 to discuss the NorthBay Cancer Center.

To join Women’s HOPE, individual members make a tax-deductible annual donation of $1,000, or $2,500 for a business with three memberships. Every fall, all members vote on how to invest their collective donations to fund patient care needs at NorthBay Health. Membership fees may be made as a one-time payment split up over four payments of $250.

As a promotion to build up membership, all new members who join in 2023 will see their $1,000 go toward membership for 2023 and all 2024 events/receptions.

Katie urged colleagues and women in the community to check it out. “It’s an opportunity to come together and make an impactful difference, while networking and learning more about our system and the community we serve,” she said.

For more information, or to RSVP for the group’s next event, contact Susan Cianci at, or call (707) 646-3131.

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