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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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…
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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,”…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Cancer Specialists Ready to Go to Battle for their Patients

It’s rare for a small, community-based hospital to offer all of the sophisticated medical services typically found in a big-city cancer center, but that’s exactly what is available at the NorthBay Cancer Center, according to Lori Muir, director of Oncology Services for NorthBay Healthcare. Above: A trio of oncologists at NorthBay Cancer Center share a…
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Pediatrician Learned to Lead, Military Offered Opportunities

Pediatrician Bruce Hewett, M.D., did not intend to have a lifetime career in the military. “I just kept kicking the can down the street,” said the retired colonel. “They kept making me bigger and better offers.” He was the middle of six siblings to go to college and wanted a way to spare his parents…
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Veteran in Paradise

Physician Enjoys Offering Care to Fellow Vets Twice a month, Douglas Freeman, M.D., slips on one of his patriotic ties and makes the drive to Paradise Valley Estates, a retirement community in Fairfield that is home to some very special patients—many veterans and spouses of veterans. Above: Douglas Freeman, M.D., enjoys chatting with patient Bruce…
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Collaboration: Priceless

Partnership with NorthBay, David Grant Saves Lives You don’t need an economist to put a dollar figure on the value of partnership between NorthBay Healthcare and David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center. It only takes one of the many patients who are alive today because of that collaboration to tell you it’s priceless. Above:…
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NorthBay Healthcare is Rich with Military Roots

NorthBay Healthcare has many employees and physicians with military roots, but coming up with an exact number is difficult. Of NorthBay’s 2,600 employees, nearly 200 have indicated an affiliation. More than 20 from NorthBay’s team of 150-plus primary and specialty care physicians and providers hail from one (and sometimes more than one) branch of service….
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Best Defense: Annual Exams

Benjamin Franklin advised us that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and this is particularly true when it comes to our health. Regular health exams and tests can spot problems before they start, or when the chances for treatment and cure are better. The first step toward living a longer, healthier…
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Thanks to Surgery, She’s Moving Again!

Karen Parrish and her husband, Jerry, always loved to be on the go. “We like to be out there and going here and there and everywhere,” said Jerry. “I’ll say,” quipped Karen. “We took 12 cruises in two years!” ABOVE: Karen Parrish says Dr. Andrew Brooks has been a huge supporter throughout her recovery. But…
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Relief from a Lifetime of Pain

The first time Kim Ponte suffered a whiplash injury, she was just 6 years old. “It was Christmas morning and my brother and I were in the back seat of the family car,” the 61-year-old Vacaville resident recalled. “We were rear-ended by a car that then also got rear-ended by another car. And then a…
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A Change of Heart

Yvonne Lindsey, 51, used to dread visits to her doctor at a local clinic. The Fairfield resident knew she was in for a scolding, along with directives she had no intention of following. But now she looks forward to visits every six months with her NorthBay Healthcare cardiologist, Milind Dhond, M.D., and a team of…
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Health Care Where and When You Need It

NorthBay Healthcare is Solano County’s only locally based, locally managed nonprofit health care organization. Our mission is to provide patients with the advanced care they need while remaining close to home. For a complete list of NorthBay Healthcare services, visit NorthBay.org/Directory. Service Directory Center for Primary Care, Vacaville/Care ’til 8 421 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville…
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NorthBay’s a Great Choice!

You may know that NorthBay Healthcare has a couple of hospitals—one in Fairfield and one in Vacaville. But did you realize it has an entire health care system as well, filled with primary care and specialty care services? Did you know that NorthBay employs more than 2,700 men and women and has numerous medical office…
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All About Access

Convenience in accessing care is a valuable consideration when choosing your health care provider. Accessing care where, when and how you want it is one way NorthBay Healthcare is making sure patients always come first. Here are some of the ways NorthBay can help: Care ’til 8 service is provided at our Center for Primary…
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Helping Leukemia Patient on His Journey

It was a mother’s worst nightmare: Your son has severe, flu-like symptoms and an uncontrolled nosebleed that, you learn, is the result of a life-threatening illness. You are new to the community and don’t know where to turn for care. ABOVE: NorthBay Healthcare’s highly trained oncology staff, including Carolyn Bailey, R.N., and James Long, M.D.,…
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A Hit with Patients, Parents

Casey Alvarez was only 2 months old when he got his first ear infection. “It was 2 a.m. and he was running a low-grade fever and tugging at his ear,” recalled mother Kryslyn, a phlebotomist at NorthBay Healthcare. “We’d just established as patients at NorthBay and hadn’t even seen a doctor yet. But it was…
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Patients Benefit from Mayo Clinic Care Network

NorthBay is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, helping our patients get answers to complex medical questions—and peace of mind—while staying close to home. The Mayo Clinic Care Network uses physician collaboration and technology to deliver a full spectrum of medical expertise, enhancing the care NorthBay can deliver on complex cases that…
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Tackling Blood Pressure

The American Heart Association says nearly half of all American adults have high blood pressure. That number jumped dramatically when guidelines from the heart association and 10 other health organizations redefined high blood pressure as 130 over 80 late last year. It had been 140 over 90 since the early 2000s. ABOVE: Dr. Ehsan Ghods…
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Intervention Saves Critically Ill Woman

By the time her family got Dorothy Whitteaker to the emergency room at NorthBay Medical Center, she was in dire condition. Dorothy had developed a large hole in her esophagus, following a fairly common procedure to help with swallowing difficulties, done by a doctor outside of the NorthBay Healthcare system. Fluids filled her lungs and…
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ABCs of Emergency Care

When an emergency happens, you should always call 911 for assistance. But what if you’re in an area not quickly reached by first responders or you’re caught in a rapidly changing emergency? You may need to rely on your own skills to save a life before help arrives. The immediate threats to life— those requiring…
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Teaching Others to Save Lives

Lacy DeQuattro, NorthBay Healthcare Simulation Lab program coordinator, is not content with training mere hundreds of NorthBay Healthcare employees in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); her mission is to reach out and blanket the community as well. Top: Jennifer Duncan, R.N., a clinical nurse II with NorthBay Healthcare, takes a test on her CPR skills.Bottom: James Parmer,…
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Keeping Kids Safe in a Challenging World

From knowing how to safely tuck an infant into bed, to dealing with a bully in junior high, how are parents able to keep their children safe in this complicated world? Whether a child is 4, like Jemal Dyson, or 14, parents need to be ever watchful about their changing safety risks, says Dr. Gilbert…
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It’s Critical: Have a Plan

Jacob and Kim Riley were inspired to create a family disaster preparedness plan after the birth of their daughter, Emma. Not only are Fairfield residents Jacob and Kim Riley ready in the event of a disaster, they’ve helped family and friends prepare as well. “We have a Facebook group that is just for family and…
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SURVIVAL TIPS: Fires to Floods

Earthquake Solano County is next to several earthquake fault lines and experts say it is only a matter of time before an earthquake the magnitude of 6.7 or greater occurs in the Bay Area. It you feel the earth rumbling, take the following precautions: If you’re indoors, stay inside. If you’re outside, stay outside. If…
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Legend of the Wild West

Tim West wasn’t ready to settle for anything less than full mobility when he signed up to be NorthBay Healthcare’s first total ankle replacement patient. Tim West, 73, knows his rough-and-tumble lifestyle cost him two knees, two shoulders, a fused spine, the tips of several fingers and a left ankle. The self-proclaimed cowboy—who lasted 8…
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Fighting Colorectal Cancer with Courage

Petra Pohl is a self-described introvert who really only ever felt comfortable speaking in front of the preschoolers she taught for years before her retirement. Imagine how difficult it is for the Vacaville resident to start a conversation about colorectal cancer. ABOVE: Petra Pohl, seated, appreciates the support she receives from her medical team at…
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A is for Asthma

Helping Patients Breathe Better Loc Tan Nguyen, M.D. For Loc Tan Nguyen, M.D., an internal medicine physician at the Center for Primary Care in Fairfield, the battle to help his patients overcome asthma is personal. He was just a baby in South Vietnam when his mother, Loi Pham, began suffering debilitating asthma attacks. His father,…
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B is for Blood

Three Basic Tests to Protect Your Health Blood tests are one of the most valuable diagnostic tools your doctor uses. Because blood travels throughout the body, and because so many elements in blood can be analyzed, blood tests can provide information on diseases, medical conditions, infections and the health of various body systems. There are…
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C is for Cancer

Thirty Years of Top-Notch Care It has been 30 years since the NorthBay Cancer Center started serving Solano County cancer patients with compassionate care, close to home. Since then, more than 14,000 cancer cases have been handled by NorthBay oncologists and hematologists, nurses and pharmacists, technologists and therapists using state-of-the-art technology and access to cutting-edge…
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D is for Diabetes

Solano County’s Dubious Distinction In Solano County, the number of people with diabetes is shrinking, and that’s a good thing. Ranked No. 1 in the state for the highest number of people diagnosed with diabetes in 2011, the county has dropped to No. 13. Still, close to 10 percent of its population has diabetes, and…
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E is for Endocrinology

In the ‘Gland’ Scheme of Things,Hormones Regulate Your Body It’s just hormones. For an endocrinologist, that’s what it is all about: hormones and the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that involve them and the glands and tissues that produce them. Those glands include the adrenal, hypothalamus, pituitary, pancreas, thyroid, ovaries and testes. Hormones produced by…
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F is for F.A.S.T.

Learn Symptoms of Stroke Prompt treatment is the key to preventing death and disability when someone has a stroke. A simple acronym can help people recognize the early warning signs of stroke and improve response times: F.A.S.T. Remember to act FAST FACE: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? ARMS: Ask…
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New Era in Cancer Care

Beautiful Building is Just the Beginning… Florian Ploch, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology. When the NorthBay Cancer Center opened its doors to a brand new facility in Vacaville this summer, it heralded the beginning of a new era of advanced medicine, treatment, rehabilitation and support services, all under one roof. From spacious private and…
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Powerful eConsult

First Case for Collaboration Brings Peace of Mind As NorthBay Healthcare announced its powerful collaboration with the Mayo Clinic Care Network in May, NorthBay oncologist and hematologist James Long, M.D., introduced a patient’s story to a hushed crowd of community and civic leaders, employees, volunteers and the media. Dr. Long described his patient as a…
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Calm & Comfortable

New Infusion Bays Offer a Healing Environment Bright and comfortable infusion bays help enhance the patient experience, say Bea Castro, R.N., (left) and Louise Henry, R.N. It’s warm and welcoming, congenial and comfortable. And that’s as it should be. NorthBay Cancer Center’s infusion room was designed from floor to ceiling to be a bright, accommodating…
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