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)…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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….
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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,…
Read More

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,”…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

‘NorthBay Way Wall’ Shines Light on History, Commitment

Installed just weeks before the opening of the North Wing, a new art project featured prominently in NorthBay Medical Center’s main corridor showcases the history, milestones and medical advancements of NorthBay Healthcare. Called “The NorthBay Way Wall,” it is composed of nine panels, hundreds of photographs and “Our Story,” of a hospital system borne from…
Read More

Building more than Character

NorthBay’s Biggest Accomplishment Exceeds Expectations In 17 years at NorthBay Healthcare, Assistant Vice President Real Estate & Facilities Development Joelyn Gropp has led the design of eight new buildings and scores of remodels and tenant improvements. But, without a doubt, the $200 million North Wing takes the crown. It was easily the largest project, both…
Read More

What’s Cooking for Visitors, Staff?

With the opening of the new North Wing at NorthBay Medical Center comes The Shaw Family Kitchen, which opened for use Oct. 1. ABOVE: Staff and visitors can enjoy respite in a bright and spacious dining area. Photo credit: Photographs © 2019 Sasha Moravec The new nutrition services area includes a 6,000-square foot kitchen and…
Read More

Shaw Family Kitchen

Not one for the spotlight, local philanthropists Al and Patt Shaw prefer to support their favorite causes without fanfare. But that changed when the Green Valley couple realized they had the means to make a significant impact on NorthBay Healthcare’s future and to serve as an inspiration to others in the process. ABOVE: NorthBay’s mission…
Read More

All at Your Fingertips

Just steps away from the Welcome Pavillion at NorthBay Medical Center is a brand-new visual and interactive tribute to NorthBay Healthcare’s most loyal supporters: the donors who have, through the decades, shared the vision and determination to build and sustain a healthcare system that would provide top-flight healthcare for our friends, neighbors and family members…
Read More

Art as Healing

New, freshly painted walls of the North Wing provided an empty canvas for NorthBay Healthcare leaders to fill with vibrant, unique art selections, and touched off a decision to upgrade art throughout the hospital. “We know that art has healing qualities,” explained NorthBay Healthcare Group President Aimee Brewer. “So we teamed up with ACS (Art…
Read More

An Investment in Imaging

The North Wing at NorthBay Medical Center features advanced imaging services with the most up-to-date equipment. ABOVE: Radiologic Technologist Melanie Adams positions the Diagnostic Imaging Department’s new fluoroscopic imaging equipment (above), which displays continuous X-rays on a monitor. Photo credit: Fred Greaves The inpatient Diagnostic Imaging Department on the first floor of the new wing…
Read More

Ultra Clean Behind the Scenes

One department you’ll never see on a hospital tour of NorthBay Medical Center is Central Sterile. That’s because everything inside — all the tools used for surgeries and procedures — must be kept pristine and infection-free to ensure the safety of patients. If you could enter those hallowed halls, located on the first floor of the new North Wing,…
Read More

Best Care, Coming and Going

PACU is the Place for Patient Transitions Patients awaiting surgery or recovering from post-surgical anesthesia will spend some time in a post-anesthesia care unit, or PACU, under the watchful eyes of nurses whose main tasks are to manage airways and alleviate pain. ABOVE: Patients recover in bright, spacious areas in the new post-anesthesia care unit….
Read More

Patient Rooms Have Posh Feel

They may look like they belong in a posh hotel, but patient rooms on the second floor in the North Wing are fully equipped to handle a patient’s urgent needs at a moment’s notice. ABOVE: Former NorthBay Healthcare President and CEO Gary Passama and wife Judy (left) were among the first to take a tour…
Read More

The Robot Advantage

The pièce de résistance in Surgical Suite No. 7 arrived in November and promises to help NorthBay surgeons deliver the most advanced techniques for patients in the years to come. It’s the da Vinci Surgical System, which offers surgeons an advanced set of instru­ments to use in performing robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery, via a console…
Read More

Such Suite Success

Rare is the time you’d want to be wheeled into a surgical suite, but if fate happens to bring you to one of the eight operating rooms in NorthBay Medical Center’s new North Wing, know that they are all filled with the latest equipment, technology and talent found nowhere else in Solano County. ABOVE: J….
Read More

Beyond the North Wing…

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….
Read More

Finding True North

If finding True North is synonymous with finding life’s purpose, then NorthBay Medical’s Center’s newly opened North Wing is aptly named. For a hospital, it delivers on all fronts: There are 22 sleekly designed patient rooms with high-tech features at every turn. Eight new surgical suites with the latest and greatest tools that technology can…
Read More

The Power of Human Touch

One of the hardest things new mom Lynn Brenner had to learn was how to leave her baby’s side. But thanks to a new program at NorthBay Medical Center, loving arms were ready to hold baby Wyatt any time of the day or night. ABOVE: Baby Wyatt Brenner gets some loving cuddles from NorthBay Guild…
Read More

H.E.R.O. Fund to the Rescue, Thanks to Employees

Unfortunately, not every NorthBay Healthcare patient has a safety net in place to capture them after they are discharged from the hospital. Some are homeless, living on the financial edge or lack family support. When NorthBay nurses and physicians learn of these predicaments, some help is available. “We started a special assistance fund, called the…
Read More

Grateful to be Alive!

Fairfield resident Katie Moore had just crawled into bed for the night but felt a sudden need to get back up. She sat up, but when she stood, she was instantly in distress. “I couldn’t get a breath in and I just fell to the floor,” she recalled. “I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t stand back…
Read More

New Beginnings Builds HOPE

Fairfield resident Angela Kirk had just left a birthday party in Vacaville with her sons, then age 7 and 5, when she made a detour to let one of them use the restroom at an area pizza parlor. ABOVE: Stroke survivor Angela Kirk (left) helped to create the New Beginnings support group for survivors. Beth…
Read More

Back on the Right Foot

Vacaville resident Jeremy Wirth had taken his dirt bike to his construction job site with plans to ride in a nearby open field after work. What he didn’t plan on was an injury that would hobble him for nearly two decades. ABOVE: Jeremy Wirth of Vacaville is back to enjoying the outdoors and other activities…
Read More

Program Pulls Together Paramedics, Patients

They’ve been discharged from the hospital with a list of new medications, appointments for respiratory therapy or cardiac rehabilitation, instructions to follow a new diet and the sobering realization that life is now different. It’s a confusing whirlwind that some heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients face. There’s help in maneuvering through…
Read More

Diligent Diagnostics

“I never thought I would get cancer. I never, ever thought it was possible. It doesn’t run in my family, and I didn’t feel a lump,” says Diana Muehlhausen, 65, of Rio Vista. ABOVE: Diana Muehlhausen and husband, Jay, signal OK and Zero for how she’s feeling and the fact that she’s cancer-free, thanks to…
Read More

TEAM TROY

Troy Clark was 25 years old when he went off-roading on Mount Vaca in November 1992. His Toyota Land Cruiser veered off a narrow, curving road and rolled down the hill, breaking his neck and leaving him a quadriplegic. “I was awake the whole time,” he said. “I recall everything. I remember a lot of…
Read More

Family Grateful for Mom’s Dream of a Lifetime

ABOVE: The family of hospice patient Patsy Harpe pose for a photo at her Dream of a Lifetime party, including her daughters, Layce Little and Kelli Harpe (left to right, in white dresses) and their daughters, along with Thrieza Zapanta, who is seated next to Kathleen Diaz, NorthBay Hospice Nurse. Fulfilling a terminally ill patient’s…
Read More

The Miracle of Noah

ABOVE: Caitlin Neveadomi snuggles with Noah, her miracle baby, in their Vacaville home. Caitlin Neveadomi and her husband Brandon never thought having a baby would be so complicated. They’d been trying for months to get pregnant, with the attitude of “if it happens, it happens.” But it wasn’t happening. The NorthBay Health at Home nurse…
Read More

Hundreds at NorthBay Honored to Serve

And They Continue Caring for Others in New Civilian Roles Nearly 200 of NorthBay Healthcare’s 2,600 employees are classified as veterans, and they can be found in every nook and corner of the organization, operating CT scanners and taking X-rays, caring for patients in Labor & Delivery, working in security and sanitizing patient rooms. They…
Read More

Tiniest Patients Captured His Heart

Above: Steven Gwiazdowski, M.D., cradles one of his young charges in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at NorthBay Medical Center. Neonatologist Steven Gwiazdowski, M.D., had his heart set on becoming a pilot, but that was before a physical determined that nearsightedness was an issue. “In those days, it all but disqualified candidates from flight school,”…
Read More

Air Force Helped Her Discover Her Specialty

Sometimes you need to create your own opportunities, and for Deborah Murray, M.D., those opportunities—through the U.S. Air Force —led to a highly satisfying medical career. She followed in her father’s and stepfather’s footsteps and joined the Air Force as a medical technician. After eight years, she wanted more, so she left the Air Force…
Read More

Trauma Skills Honed in the Shadow of War

Above: William Fulton, D.O., shows an image from his Army days. Surgeon William Fulton, D.O., learned many powerful lessons during Operation Iraqi Freedom, especially during a brief stint at the Army’s busiest trauma center in Landstuhl, Germany, working alongside world- renowned trauma surgeons, including Dr. E. Gene Moore, “The Godfather of Trauma Surgery.” He treated…
Read More

Former Flight Surgeon Still Soaring

Physician Keeps Solano Work Force Grounded Above: Yolanta Petrofsky, M.D., has mastered flexibility, thanks to a world-wide range of experiences from her days in the U.S. Air Force. A quick look at the resume of Yolanta Petrofsky, M.D., and you’ll quickly confirm that there’s not much she can’t do. While in the Air Force, the…
Read More

From Great Feats to Great Feet

Podiatrist Recalls Early Days as Navy Field Medic for Marines Above: Kevin Miller, D.P.M., said his inspiration for becoming a podiatrist started while serving in the U.S. Navy, addressing the needs of a Marine Division. When you are a field medic with an infantry combat Marine unit, you see a lot of bad feet. Just…
Read More

Partnership is Good for the Heart

When it comes to matters of the heart, patients of NorthBay Heart & Vascular Center are served by a team steeped in military know-how, from one of NorthBay Healthcare’s long-time cardiologists and a nurse practitioner, who both served in the Air Force, to two lieutenant colonels currently assigned to David Grant Medical Center at Travis…
Read More