New Test Saves Lives

Approximately every 40 seconds, someone in the United States will have a heart attack — that is about 805,000 people each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Time is muscle with heart attacks. The longer treatment is delayed, the more damage can occur to the heart muscle. Now, an advanced blood protein test…
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Grad Walks, Thanks to Doc

Paul Palma, 18, knows his way around obstacles. He came to this country from the Philippines in the middle of the pandemic with his father and two siblings. They returned home last year, but Paul decided to stay with two of his aunts in Fairfield so he could graduate from Rodriguez High School. He started…
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Getting Back to Normal

Fairfield resident Maria Murillo finds a lot of joy these days simply taking long rides in a car, hiking or being able to walk up stairs. That’s because for the past couple of years, those simple tasks were impossible for Maria to endure without excruciating pain in her lower back. Thanks to a minimally-invasive surgical…
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“Baby Friendly” and Ready to Deliver

Perhaps the most transformational time in a woman’s life is when she becomes a mother, observed Kalie Li, D.O., an OB/GYN for NorthBay Health. “It’s such a huge milestone for a woman. Life is now so different and there are a lot of unexpected things that may occur. The arrival of the first child is…
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Breathing Easy Again

Vacaville resident Judy Fisher had experienced asthma as a young athlete years ago. But when she found herself in the NorthBay Health Emergency Department, straining to breathe, she knew it wasn’t asthma. “They examined me and couldn’t see anything so I was sent home with an inhaler,” she recalled. But the difficulty with getting enough…
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Soothing Advice for Youngsters

Michael Ginsberg, M.D., is on the lookout for signs of stress and depression among his young patients. Children’s immune systems may have done a better job than most adults in fending off COVID-19, but it didn’t protect them from the emotional scars of the pandemic, according to NorthBay Health pediatrician Michael Ginsberg, M.D. As schools…
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A Fitting Fortune

Vacaville resident Ted Neima keeps a small slip of paper in his wallet — a fortune cookie message he got the night before he had a valve in his heart surgically replaced. “Look forward to great fortune and a new lease on life,” it reads and Ted says that sums up his experience at NorthBay Health just…
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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 24-hour Emergency services, 44 medical-surgical…
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Comprehensive Care from our Cancer Center Team

The NorthBay Health Cancer Center, in the VacaValley Wellness Center in Vacaville, is more than just a place, it’s a coordinated program of comprehensive cancer prevention, detection, treatment, rehabilitation and support services. It is staffed by oncology experts — physicians, nurses, pharmacists, technologists and therapists who strive to provide a compassionate approach to cancer treatment and care…
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Our Experts in Robotics

The da Vinci Surgical Robot NorthBay Health has surgeons on staff who are certified to use the da Vinci Xi Robotic surgical system. Depending on their specialty, surgeons can perform nephrectomies, prostate and hernia surgery, hysterectomies, excision of endometriosis, salpingectomies, ovarian cystectomies, ovary and fibroid removal, gallbladder or gallstone removal, and partial removal of the colon….
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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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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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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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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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‘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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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