Local Philanthropists Create Lasting Legacy

Heidi Campini holds a portrait of her husband, Jim Lawrenz. Jim Lawrenz and Heidi Campini, a husband-wife team of life-long adventure-seekers and philanthropists, shared a common conviction: Do whatever you can to help support your local community. They spent decades fulfilling that principle. Unfortunately, Jim lost a hard-fought battle with melanoma in 2013, but Heidi…
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Busy Year for NorthBay Diabetes & Endocrinology

In the past year, the NorthBay Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology has added a new clinical dietitian, moved into the VacaValley Wellness Center, and completed another successful Ride to Defeat Diabetes fundraiser. It’s safe to say the center is having a banner year. Good thing, too, since Solano County continues to carry the dubious honor…
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Art from the Heart

When the time came to select art for display throughout the new VacaValley Wellness Center, it wasn’t just a matter of decoration. NorthBay Healthcare proudly focuses on serving the local community with it’s mission of Compassionate Care, Advanced Medicine, Close to Home. From paintings created by a former local newspaper publisher, to a sculpture by…
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World Class Care Close to Home

NorthBay and Mayo Clinic Are a Powerful Connection for Local Patients Dr. Keith Cannon addresses the crowd gathered to hear the announcement in May. The challenge? Connect the best medical minds—those at NorthBay Healthcare and those at world-renowned Mayo Clinic—to provide the best possible treatment for patients who face the most complex medical conditions. Mission…
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The Power of Preventive Tests

Beverly Campbell appreciates the care and support she received from Dr. Ehsan Ghods (left) and Dr. Jason Marengo. She’s holding the heart pillow and thank you note she received from the cancer center staff. Beverly Campbell had no sign or a single symptom to indicate a cancer was developing within her left breast. “I had…
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A Soothing Presence In Life’s Final Moments

If a group of employees has their way, no one will ever die alone in NorthBay Healthcare hospitals. Currently 22 employees, whose jobs range from nursing to finance, are volunteers in the No One Dies Alone (NODA)program. They are dedicated to sitting with terminal patients who are alone or who have no one close by…
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Special Delivery

CHP Comes Through When Life Hangs in the Balance Carol Ritzinger was in a bind. As the pharmacist in charge of the night shift at NorthBay Medical Center, she needed to get some medication to NorthBay VacaValley Hospital as soon as possible. It was truly a matter of life or death. An 81-year-old patient had…
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Teamwork Helps Alzheimer’s Patient Stay Connected

Claudia’s daughters Colette Nuno (left) and Monique Dossa (far right) and granddaughter Maria Nuno love to join her for special events at the Adult Day Center. When George Cardinet of Winters realized his wife, Claudia, was slipping into the shadows of Alzheimer’s disease, he vowed to do whatever he could to keep his partner of…
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True Champion Lends His Paw for Healing

Ki Welch watches her dog Connor as he interacts with Richard Wilkerson at VacaValley Hospital. Anyone who has loved and been loved by a dog has found his champion. That’s why patients confined to a hospital bed, away from family and pets, have nothing but smiles after a visit from a Paws for Healing therapy…
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HealthSpring

Fitness Center takes Shape The VacaValley Wellness Center began to take shape in the fall of 2015 and by December, was already three stories tall, with painting starting to take place on the medical side of the building. A crane works on the medical office side of the building where a special vault is being…
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Swimming for the Seasons

Like clockwork, rain or shine, every other morning George Bowden slips on a wet suit and swims the length of a 25-meter pool, 40 times. He swims laps no matter the weather, no matter the season. He’s 90 years old and he swims to keep his diabetes at bay. George learned he had diabetes when…
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C’mon In, the Water is Fine

Swimming isn’t just fun. It’s an excellent way to improve your overall health, lose weight and recover from many physical conditions. It offers something no other aerobic exercise does: the ability to work your body without making a harsh impact on your bones and joints. When the human body is submerged in water, it automatically…
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Tips for Training

Is this the year that you get into better condition? That could mean anything from getting off of the couch and walking every day to setting a goal of running a marathon in the fall. No matter where you are on the fitness scale, the benefits of getting your body moving are enormous. “Regular exercise…
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Spin to Begin

Intense Workout a Great Start for Want-to-be Cyclists Interested in bicycling your way to good health but not sure you’re quite ready to hit the open road? Spin class may be just the thing. Spinning is a cardiovascular workout for the whole body that uses a special stationary bicycle. Led by an instructor and set…
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A Personal Trainer Will Keep You on Track

Robert Peterson, M.D. You don’t have to be a candidate for “The Biggest Loser” television show or a professional athlete to work with a personal trainer, according to Robert Peterson, M.D., orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. “Everyone can benefit from their expertise,” he notes. Dr. Peterson’s goal is to help the athlete or…
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Minutes Matter When It’s a Heart Attack

Mark Hanneman, right, is grateful his grandson Zac Correia and daughter Dawn Hanneman, R.N., knew what to do when his chest pain began. Mark Hanneman was sheering sheep with his grandson, Zac Correia, when the chest pain started. It was a hot and dusty day in June 2014 and as they wrestled with the sheep…
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Jacks of All Trades Keep Hospitals Humming

To be an engineer at NorthBay Healthcare, you have to be a jack of all trades, capable of performing rigorous maintenance routines on million-dollar machinery and fixing equipment you never knew existed. One day you might find yourself face to face with a swarm of bees. Or a sink hole. Or a sewer line break….
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Recipe for Success

Nutrition Staff Cooks Healthy Meals for Hundreds It’s 5:30 a.m., and the sun is barely up, but Nutrition Services employees are already clocking in. Their day’s hectic but choreographed pace gets under way as soon as a truck, loaded with meats, breads and non-perishables, arrives at the loading dock behind NorthBay Medical Center. Another truck,…
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Partnering with Patients

Shifts Change, But Focus Doesn’t Chest pains awoke James Alvarez, 82, in the middle of the night, but the Rio Vista resident tried to brush them off. His wife, Jeri, knew this was nothing to mess around with, as he had had a heart attack 20 years before. She called 9-1-1, even though he insisted…
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Test of Time

High-Tech = High-Speed, Quality Results Teri Russell can make time fly for her diagnostic imaging patients, thanks to the incredible leaps in technology she has witnessed during her 33-year career operating NorthBay Medical Center’s CT Scanner. Today, a test that took almost an hour in 1982 can take less than 6 seconds in the hospital’s…
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After Hours

Care ’til 8 Provides Peace of Mind Tara and Luis Rodriguez were relieved to take their daughter, Isabelle, to Care ’til 8 at the Center for Primary Care in Fairfield, where she was seen by Nurse Practitioner Christie Martinez. Isabelle Rodriguez, 10, had been feeling lousy for days. Chills. Headache. And a fever that wouldn’t…
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Problem-Solver Supreme

Kyle Fowler, R.N., stopped by the Intensive Care Unit to check on how Moira Nikaido and her husband Ronald were doing following his heart surgery. It’s just past 5 p.m. on a Friday night and, as usual, the phone in Kyle Fowler’s NorthBay Medical Center office is getting a robust workout. “There are a million…
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Where is George?

George Mary is thankful that Karen Loewe, R.N., had his back on Oct. 22, 2014. You can set your clock by George Mary. The retired U.S. Air Force colonel and dentist keeps a rigid schedule that includes arriving at the NorthBay Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation department three days a week, promptly at 6:30 a.m. So…
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Nurse Sees Action—As a Patient

Cynthia Giaquinto, R.N., left, joins Susan Anderson-Seibert, R.N., and Joint Replacement staff members Nekisha Smith, restorative nursing assistant; and Elline Silva-Netto, R.N., to hear about Susan’s experience. When Susan Anderson-Seibert, R.N., of Vacaville, needed a hip replacement earlier this year, there was no question about where she would turn for surgery—the Joint Replacement Program at…
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Comfort Amid Chaos

Cindy Desimone, R.N., left, and Traci Reese, R.N., are part of the NorthBay Hospice team that cares for patients at the end of their lives. Hospice nurses care for patients at the end of their lives. Their goal is to help people live as comfortably and independently as possible and with the least amount of…
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Hectic, Crazy, Busy, Hyper World of Emergency Care

Emergency Department Nurse Lisa Cann, R.N., checks in on patient Shirley Williams of Fairfield. You might think you have an idea of what life in an emergency room is like from watching the smash-hit TV drama that made George Clooney famous. But step into the shoes of an Emergency Department (ED) nurse and you’d get…
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All in the Family

A Long and Lasting Legacy You could say that Mary Hempen of Vacaville has given birth to generations of nurses. Not only has the now-retired co-founder of NorthBay Healthcare’s popular Nurse Camp influenced scores of students during the camp’s first decade, she also brought her infectious love of nursing home. Both of her daughters followed…
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Functional Nutrition Can Transform Your Health

Karin Grumstrup, N.P. and Eric Hassid, M.D. Throughout history, food has either been hailed for its health benefits or ignored altogether. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” was taught by Hippocrates, a Greek physician born in 460 BC. Today, that thought is simplified to “you are what you eat.” “Food is…
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Emotional Eating

Don’t Let Your Feelings Guide Your Food Choices Food is not only necessary for your physical survival, food “feeds” you at an emotional level, too. Think about it. When you were an infant, one of the primary ways your caregiver soothed you when you were upset was to nourish and nurture you with food! If…
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Eating Fresh, Eating Local

Solano Grows Almost Everything A few of the products grown here: Boysenberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Apricots, Peaches, Plums, Pears, Apples, Grapes, Pumpkins, Melons, Tomatoes, Walnuts, Pistachios, Lavender, Olives, Honey If you’re on a quest to eat fresh, you live in the right place. From apricots to zucchini, dairy to nuts, just about everything is grown…
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Food or Foe?

Some Medications and Food May Not Mix Well You knew drinking too much coffee could be problematic, but did you realize that mixed with certain medication it becomes downright dangerous? Chocolate, cheese and yes, coffee, don’t mix well with some antibiotics, says Hy Ton, pharmacy supervisor at NorthBay Vaca-Valley Hospital. But wait, there’s more. Not…
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Breastfeeding Moms Need a Healthy Diet

NorthBay Medical Center A Baby-Friendly Hospital NorthBay Medical Center’s status as a Baby-Friendly hospital means that a mother’s right to breastfeed is not only supported, it’s encouraged. That means all staff in Women’s and Children’s Services are available to answer questions and provide materials, and that lactation consultants are ready to provide techniques and tips….
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Battling Bacteria

Nutrition Team Shares Tips to Keep Kitchens Sparkling and Food Safe In the battle against bacteria, Nutrition Services Director Kathleen Shafer and her army of dietitians, cooks and food service workers at NorthBay Healthcare stand ever vigilant, washing hands, keeping surfaces clean and checking food temperatures. “Our standards for a hospital are of course very…
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Not Your Average Joe

Vacaville Restaurateur Has a Team to Thank for His Life… Kathy and Joe Murdaca The way Joe Murdaca figures it, he was clinically dead for about 48 seconds. It was Oct. 10, 2013, and he was driving back from his restaurant, Pietro’s No. 1, in downtown Vacaville. He was just back from a vacation and…
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Minutes Matter…

Clot-Busting Drug Delivered in Time Wayne credits his family’s quick action for helping him survive his stroke. With him from left, Scottie Senalik and Jeremy and Ryan Epperson with children Evan and Weber. Wayne Senalik was feeling fit and relaxed on a balmy Sunday in May. He and his wife, Scottie, were looking forward to…
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Orlando’s Journey

Cinema Student Shares Story on Camera Orlando Torres, right, was often joined by his brother Leonardo and mother, Esperanza, in the infusion room at the NorthBay Cancer Center. With dreams of becoming a director someday, 20-year-old cinematography student Orlando Torres was much more comfortable behind the camera, until a dramatic diagnosis compelled him to step…
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Making Her Whole Again

Overcoming Scars with Reconstructive Surgery Janet Fowler went 12 years without a mammogram. She was busy keeping a roof over her family’s heads and being a caregiver for others, including her boy-friend who had liver cancer. But she knew she was taking a chance with her health. “I could feel a lump and see changes…
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Steps to Success

New Knee, New Lease on Life Who says you’re supposed to slow down as you hit your silver years? Not Ennio DePianto. A lifelong runner, the 75-year-old also loves to play golf, dance, travel and ski. He exercises regularly and keeps himself busy maintaining more than 700 olive trees on his 160 acres in rural…
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Her Cause is HER Cause

A diagnosis of diabetes was a shock for Mercille Locke, R.N., a physically active cycling enthusiast, who has been known to pedal more than 100 miles in a single day. For five years, Mercille Locke, R.N., has been a champion for diabetes education and awareness. She helped found NorthBay Healthcare’s Ride to Defeat Diabetes fundraiser…
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Forget the Aspirin. Take Two Dogs on a Walk!

What do you get when you take a couple of empty nesters and add four cats and two dogs? One big, happy family. At least that’s how pediatrician Bruce Hewett describes his Vacaville household after Moose, Lily, Barney, Floyd, Gomer and Ernie T. joined him and his wife, Kristin, a Padan Elementary School kindergarten teacher….
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Healthy Pets = Happy Owners

The bonds between people and their pets far outweigh the health risks, says Fairfield veterinarian Kelly Palm of Cal West Pet Hospital. And when you maintain healthy pets, there is very little risk that they will pass on disease to their owners. Keeping your animal friend healthy starts with an annual checkup, Dr. Palm says….
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Who Rescued Whom…?

Did Dr. Michael Ginsberg save the lives of two rescue dogs, or did two rescue dogs save the life of Dr. Ginsberg? Hard to say, but before Toby and Lusi came into his life, he remembers feeling extremely grumpy and downright despondent after a 2.5 hour commute home to the Bay Area one Friday night….
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St. Michelle of Martinez

Helping people is her vocation. Helping animals sustains her. Michelle Katzaroff, D.O., an internist at the Center for Primary Care in Green Valley, and her husband share their Martinez home with 10 cats and a German Shepherd, as well as the wildlife that moves across their property with the changing of the seasons. Deer, raccoons,…
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Jazzy & George

Feathered Friends are Part of the Family Can your pet tell you in plain English when it’s time to go to bed or when it wants to go on an adventure? Donna Dabeck’s pet can… Jazzy is a 10-year-old umbrella cockatoo with a vocabulary of 250-plus words. And she’s not shy about using it. When…
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Horseplay a Pleasure

Riding Program Feeds Mental, Physical, Emotional, Social Needs For nearly 20 years, Solano County residents of all ages have enjoyed the unique health benefits that come from riding a horse, thanks to Horseplay Therapeutic Riding Center of Vacaville. “Therapeutic riding uses equine-assisted activities to improve the mental, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with…
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Long Journey Back Takes Courage & Faith

Marvin Hurn works out under the watchful eye of physical therapist Steve Garske, P.T., at Body in Balance in Fairfield. CHP Officer Marvin Hurn, 31, was spending a relaxing day off with his family and church at a trampoline park in Fairfield when his world was forever changed. It was just one leap—from the trampoline…
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Orthopedic Wizard Takes on Complex Cases

The patient had been struck by a car and dragged 20 feet. His ribs were broken and his pelvis crushed, both in the front and the back. He could have faced months of painful recuperation while his bones healed, and the possibility of never walking normally again. Fortunately for him, his injuries were repaired by…
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Hands-on Approach Brings Big Relief

A quick adjustment of the neck and back by Zackery Wood, D.O., is sometimes just enough to keep Carmen Robinson in alignment. At 23 years old, Carmen Robinson felt like a much older woman. There were days when her back pain was so intense, the Fairfield resident could barely walk. It made her job as…
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Restoring Hope and Dignity

Advanced Approach Proves Effective for Women with Breast Cancer September 2012 was shaping up to be a difficult month for Beverly Stewart. The 64-year-old Angel’s Camp resident had just learned her job would be eliminated and with it, her health insurance. Not yet old enough for Medicare, she was researching options when she attended a…
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Surgeon Takes Time to Focus on Patient’s Recovery

A partial knee replacement has Roy Yarbrough, 63, of Vacaville, optimistic that he will return to the tennis court this spring. Looking back, he’s amazed that Orthopedic Surgeon Andrew Brooks spent two hours with him on his very first visit. “To have a doctor spend so much time with me, going over my test results…
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