Diagnostic Experts Play Important Role in Multiple Specialties

When it comes to certain kinds of diagnostic imaging, it is said that a little incision makes a big difference. That’s because a tiny incision — made by NorthBay Health’s interventional radiology specialists — can help NorthBay Health’s Heart & Vascular team members locate blood clots or blocked veins or arteries, and then provide the imaging that…
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She’s Breathing Easy Again

‘ExPERT’ Team’s Quick Response Saves Lives Shirley Webb was out of breath just trying to put on her loafers. At first she thought she’d gained too much weight during COVID. But her daughter, Maria Silva, insisted she check in with her Primary Care doctor Ali Hassani, M.D. Shirley, a Vacaville resident, was quickly directed to…
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When Your Arteries Need ’Plumbing‘

Imagine you’re flying over a busy metropolis. When you look down you can see a system of major highways with onramps, exits, and smaller roadways branching out across the city. That’s one way to think of your circulatory system, which includes all the arteries and veins that do the work of transporting blood throughout your…
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Heart Failure Clinic Focuses on Patient Health

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a serious condition, but it can be managed and controlled — and the risk of hospitalization reduced —especially if a CHF patient falls under the watchful eye of a special NorthBay Health program. The program oversees NorthBay’s CHF patients through a remote, digitally based monitoring system. A mobile application, placed on a patient’s…
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Upgrade Urgently Needed

NorthBay Health Foundation has its work cut out for it: to raise $12 million as soon as possible to update and upgrade two aging catheterization labs at NorthBay Health Medical Center. Failure is not an option, according to NorthBay Health Foundation President Paul McGinty. “There are simply too many lives at stake to put this…
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Cath Lab Evolves: Implanting Stents and Ports, Eliminating Clots and More

Cardiac catheterization has come a long way since the first angioplasty was performed in the late 1970s in Europe. Likewise, procedures and equipment at NorthBay Health’s catheterization labs have advanced since the first lab was opened at NorthBay Health Medical Center in 1992. “I came to NorthBay in 1987 and within two to three years…
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New Valve Keeps Active Retiree in Motion

Walter Franklin likes to get things done. He’ll put all his daily tasks on a yellow Post-it note, and even if there are five or more, he doesn’t like to stop until he’s done. But in early March 2021, he couldn’t get past the first one. “I had to come home and sit down,” recalls…
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It all Starts with Heart

In 2009, NorthBay Health was just starting to launch its full Heart & Vascular Center, introducing everything from minimally invasive catheterization lab procedures to much more complex open heart surgery.  Fast forward 14 years and NorthBay Health is continuing to raise the bar when it comes to cardiothoracic and vascular procedures performed in Solano County…
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Heart Expert Restores Rhythms

Solano County residents with heart arrhythmias used to have to travel out of the county to receive specialized care from a cardiac electrophysiologist. Now that service is just another one of the many advanced offerings provided by NorthBay Health Heart & Vascular, under the supervision of Javed (Jay) Nasir, M.D.  Dr. Nasir joined NorthBay in…
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Accepted Plans and Groups

When it comes to connecting with NorthBay Health, our patients have plenty of options. NorthBay now accepts more plans than ever — including Blue Shield Access+ HMO, Health Net HMO, WHA and United Healthcare. And our network of doctors continues to grow. The Western Health Advantage health plan was created to serve local employers and better control…
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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

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 shut down, children’s routines went sideways. They watched their parents struggle through uncertain times, some as essential…
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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 Health’s two hospitals, three 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 beds, 16…
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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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