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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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