Good Time to Choose NorthBay

Our community-based, independent health system has prevailed over many crises in its 60-year history, but nothing compares to the 2020 outbreak of COVID-19. Families, schools, businesses — and humanity in general — can say the same about agonizing personal experiences in the pandemic that came to Solano County seven months ago. There’s more uncertainty ahead. But I can tell…
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Right Idea, Right Time

When the pioneers of NorthBay Healthcare saw a need more than 60 years ago, they united to raise funds and create the community’s first hospital. It’s that same spirit of commitment, that same dedication to advanced medicine that produced our latest and greatest feat — the addition of the North Wing at NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield….
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So Many Reasons To Select NorthBay

Today’s consumer makes a lot of decisions about their health care, from vitamins and supplements to choosing an obstetrician to deliver their baby or a surgeon to save their life. So how far is too far to drive for a doctor’s appointment? How much should you pay for a visit? For prescriptions? What if you…
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NorthBay is Here for You

When our communities in northern Solano County desperately needed a hospital in the 1950s, civic leaders took action. Volunteers hit the street, going door to door to collect donations, holding penny drives, luncheons and fancy galas. They were here for us when we needed their leadership and vision to create Intercommunity Memorial Hospital, which opened…
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Let’s Thank Them for Their Service

Whether you’re walking the hallways at NorthBay Medical Center, NorthBay VacaValley Hospital, or visiting a physician at one of our primary care facilities, it’s not hard to find a veteran. There are scores of them working at every one of NorthBay Healthcare’s six campuses in Fairfield and Vacaville. Of our 2,600 employees, more than 200…
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You Have Questions? NorthBay Has Answers

Each year tens of thousands of Solano County residents have the opportunity to determine their health care future. It’s called “open enrollment” and it is here. For NorthBay Healthcare it is a time when we renew our efforts to inform you about your choices and why our community-based, independent provider of advanced medicine may be…
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Be Prepared

Before communities are besieged by fires, floods, earthquakes and hurricanes, the key to survival—and success—is to be prepared. In this edition of Wellspring, we provide suggestions to help you create a plan to ensure the health of your family and the safety of your home. We hope you find the information valuable. Being equipped to…
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Choose Well, Choose NorthBay

If it’s fall, it must be Open Enrollment season. That’s the magical time of year—usually between August and December—when people can opt to change their health insurance and other benefit programs. Selecting your insurance plan determines who you can pick for your physician, so it’s a pretty important choice. After all, your doctor just may…
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It’s Decision Time

For tens of thousands of Solano County residents, an important decision is at hand. Sadly, most people will spend more time considering a new car purchase than researching which doctor and health system to trust with their well-being and the lives of their loved ones. There is one connection that is often overlooked: When you…
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Our Key to Achieving Advanced Medicine

I am humbled and excited to settle into this space in Wellspring, providing a CEO’s view of NorthBay Healthcare—today and into the future. I have just completed my first 100 days at the helm of this nonprofit, independent community institution and it feels natural. I have my predecessor, Gary Passama, to thank for that because…
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High-tech Tools in NorthBay’s Pocket

Do the words “community hospital” conjure the image of a place where complex brain and spinal surgery happen on a regular basis? Or where life-saving orthopedic care is available 24/7/365? Where cutting-edge equipment and medical know-how allow cancer patients get their treatments close to home? Or where the parents of fragile newborns can keep an…
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The Road Ahead

When I became CEO of NorthBay Healthcare I had just turned 33, and everyone was older than me. Time ticked by, and with it an unsettling feeling has started to grow. You see, 35 years later, most everyone is younger. Although that was not the pivotal reason, I realized it was time for me to…
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The Road Ahead

When I became CEO of NorthBay Healthcare I had just turned 33, and everyone was older than me. Time ticked by, and with it an unsettling feeling has started to grow. You see, 35 years later, most everyone is younger. Although that was not the pivotal reason, I realized it was time for me to…
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The Road Ahead

When I became CEO of NorthBay Healthcare I had just turned 33, and everyone was older than me. Time ticked by, and with it an unsettling feeling has started to grow. You see, 35 years later, most everyone is younger. Although that was not the pivotal reason, I realized it was time for me to…
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End of an Era

Longtime CEO Reflects on 35 Years in Health Care NorthBay Healthcare President/CEO Gary Passama It was 1981 and a gallon of gas cost $1.25, Ronald Reagan was president and Intercommunity Hospital in Fairfield was happy just to offer basic medical care. It was a small, one-hospital system, opened in 1960, but unequipped medically to handle…
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End of an Era

Longtime CEO Reflects on 35 Years in Health Care NorthBay Healthcare President/CEO Gary Passama It was 1981 and a gallon of gas cost $1.25, Ronald Reagan was president and Intercommunity Hospital in Fairfield was happy just to offer basic medical care. It was a small, one-hospital system, opened in 1960, but unequipped medically to handle…
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End of an Era

Longtime CEO Reflects on 35 Years in Health Care NorthBay Healthcare President/CEO Gary Passama It was 1981 and a gallon of gas cost $1.25, Ronald Reagan was president and Intercommunity Hospital in Fairfield was happy just to offer basic medical care. It was a small, one-hospital system, opened in 1960, but unequipped medically to handle…
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Welcome a New CEO

Watch anything from the same vantage point for 35 years and you will recognize how some things change and some things stay the same. So it has been from my perch, working side by side with some very passionate and compassionate people who believe the community’s health is life’s purpose. The technology and infrastructure of…
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Welcome a New CEO

Watch anything from the same vantage point for 35 years and you will recognize how some things change and some things stay the same. So it has been from my perch, working side by side with some very passionate and compassionate people who believe the community’s health is life’s purpose. The technology and infrastructure of…
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Welcome a New CEO

Watch anything from the same vantage point for 35 years and you will recognize how some things change and some things stay the same. So it has been from my perch, working side by side with some very passionate and compassionate people who believe the community’s health is life’s purpose. The technology and infrastructure of…
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A Fine Collaboration

Long admiring the Mayo Clinic from afar, it struck me at times how much we share a vision of why we exist and how we do what we do. When I visited the Rochester, Minn., headquarters of the worldwide leader in health care and research in April, I saw the words of Dr. William Mayo…
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A Fine Collaboration

Long admiring the Mayo Clinic from afar, it struck me at times how much we share a vision of why we exist and how we do what we do. When I visited the Rochester, Minn., headquarters of the worldwide leader in health care and research in April, I saw the words of Dr. William Mayo…
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A Fine Collaboration

Long admiring the Mayo Clinic from afar, it struck me at times how much we share a vision of why we exist and how we do what we do. When I visited the Rochester, Minn., headquarters of the worldwide leader in health care and research in April, I saw the words of Dr. William Mayo…
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What’s the Difference?

Just About Everything at NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness General Manager Greg Nagaye and Fitness Director Mike Cole. You think you’re headed to the gym, but the moment you step into NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. That’s the promise of General Manager Greg Nagaye who opened the doors this July to Solano County’s…
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What’s the Difference?

Just About Everything at NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness General Manager Greg Nagaye and Fitness Director Mike Cole. You think you’re headed to the gym, but the moment you step into NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. That’s the promise of General Manager Greg Nagaye who opened the doors this July to Solano County’s…
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What’s the Difference?

Just About Everything at NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness General Manager Greg Nagaye and Fitness Director Mike Cole. You think you’re headed to the gym, but the moment you step into NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. That’s the promise of General Manager Greg Nagaye who opened the doors this July to Solano County’s…
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Be Your Best You

For many years, NorthBay Healthcare has been integrating “wellness” into everyday medicine. It’s been a years-long process of changing the mindset of our patients, and in some cases, our care providers. It’s not enough to “get well” after a visit to the Emergency Department or the intensive care unit or the family physician. The medical…
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Be Your Best You

For many years, NorthBay Healthcare has been integrating “wellness” into everyday medicine. It’s been a years-long process of changing the mindset of our patients, and in some cases, our care providers. It’s not enough to “get well” after a visit to the Emergency Department or the intensive care unit or the family physician. The medical…
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Be Your Best You

For many years, NorthBay Healthcare has been integrating “wellness” into everyday medicine. It’s been a years-long process of changing the mindset of our patients, and in some cases, our care providers. It’s not enough to “get well” after a visit to the Emergency Department or the intensive care unit or the family physician. The medical…
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Evolving and Advancing Medicine for Solano County

Nearly 34 years ago, a noted author thought he was way ahead of his time and published a much-discussed tome, “Can Hospitals Survive.” That was about the time the Board of Directors gave me the opportunity to lead a community-based organization that has evolved into NorthBay Healthcare. The writer outlined all the changes occurring in…
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Evolving and Advancing Medicine for Solano County

Nearly 34 years ago, a noted author thought he was way ahead of his time and published a much-discussed tome, “Can Hospitals Survive.” That was about the time the Board of Directors gave me the opportunity to lead a community-based organization that has evolved into NorthBay Healthcare. The writer outlined all the changes occurring in…
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Evolving and Advancing Medicine for Solano County

Nearly 34 years ago, a noted author thought he was way ahead of his time and published a much-discussed tome, “Can Hospitals Survive.” That was about the time the Board of Directors gave me the opportunity to lead a community-based organization that has evolved into NorthBay Healthcare. The writer outlined all the changes occurring in…
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Work of Heart

The morning the call came is a morning that will be remembered for a very long time—maybe forever. A conference room in Fairfield and one in Vacaville were filled. We had gathered to eavesdrop. Kathy Richerson, Chief Nursing Officer, was on one end of the call. On the other was the leader of a respected…
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Work of Heart

The morning the call came is a morning that will be remembered for a very long time—maybe forever. A conference room in Fairfield and one in Vacaville were filled. We had gathered to eavesdrop. Kathy Richerson, Chief Nursing Officer, was on one end of the call. On the other was the leader of a respected…
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Work of Heart

The morning the call came is a morning that will be remembered for a very long time—maybe forever. A conference room in Fairfield and one in Vacaville were filled. We had gathered to eavesdrop. Kathy Richerson, Chief Nursing Officer, was on one end of the call. On the other was the leader of a respected…
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Here’s to a Healthier, Happier 2015

If you are like me, those resolutions you made for a new year are just starting to fade away. Some of them already may have collapsed. Or maybe all you need is some encouragement and motivation. This issue of Wellspring aims to do just that. Of all of the vows made at the start of…
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Here’s to a Healthier, Happier 2015

If you are like me, those resolutions you made for a new year are just starting to fade away. Some of them already may have collapsed. Or maybe all you need is some encouragement and motivation. This issue of Wellspring aims to do just that. Of all of the vows made at the start of…
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Here’s to a Healthier, Happier 2015

If you are like me, those resolutions you made for a new year are just starting to fade away. Some of them already may have collapsed. Or maybe all you need is some encouragement and motivation. This issue of Wellspring aims to do just that. Of all of the vows made at the start of…
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It Only Takes Hope And a Lot of Hard Work

Any physician—whether it’s your family doctor, your oncologist or your neurosurgeon—will tell you that the mind can make a difference when it comes to overcoming a medical challenge. “You gotta have hope.” That’s what they sang in the Broadway hit, “Damn Yankees,” and it pretty much applies to modern medicine as well. As much as…
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It Only Takes Hope And a Lot of Hard Work

Any physician—whether it’s your family doctor, your oncologist or your neurosurgeon—will tell you that the mind can make a difference when it comes to overcoming a medical challenge. “You gotta have hope.” That’s what they sang in the Broadway hit, “Damn Yankees,” and it pretty much applies to modern medicine as well. As much as…
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It Only Takes Hope And a Lot of Hard Work

Any physician—whether it’s your family doctor, your oncologist or your neurosurgeon—will tell you that the mind can make a difference when it comes to overcoming a medical challenge. “You gotta have hope.” That’s what they sang in the Broadway hit, “Damn Yankees,” and it pretty much applies to modern medicine as well. As much as…
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Adult Day Center Provides Hope to Vallejo Family

Clockwise from bottom, Lydia Simmons, Michael Hall, Sandy Perez, manager of the NorthBay Adult Day Center, and Russell Simmons. Sometimes she’s lucid, and they talk for hours. Other times she’s difficult and doesn’t remember who they are. Lydia Simmons, 82, has Lewi Body Dementia, which is characterized by foreign proteins in her brain that disrupt…
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Adult Day Center Provides Hope to Vallejo Family

Clockwise from bottom, Lydia Simmons, Michael Hall, Sandy Perez, manager of the NorthBay Adult Day Center, and Russell Simmons. Sometimes she’s lucid, and they talk for hours. Other times she’s difficult and doesn’t remember who they are. Lydia Simmons, 82, has Lewi Body Dementia, which is characterized by foreign proteins in her brain that disrupt…
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Adult Day Center Provides Hope to Vallejo Family

Clockwise from bottom, Lydia Simmons, Michael Hall, Sandy Perez, manager of the NorthBay Adult Day Center, and Russell Simmons. Sometimes she’s lucid, and they talk for hours. Other times she’s difficult and doesn’t remember who they are. Lydia Simmons, 82, has Lewi Body Dementia, which is characterized by foreign proteins in her brain that disrupt…
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Warm & Fuzzy, Green & Growing

From the cover of this edition of Wellspring you can see our health magazine staff decided to focus on a different kind of practitioner who helps with healing — some with four legs and some with feathers. Particularly interesting is our own “pet rescue” hero, our trauma neurosurgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Dembner, who on his way…
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Warm & Fuzzy, Green & Growing

From the cover of this edition of Wellspring you can see our health magazine staff decided to focus on a different kind of practitioner who helps with healing — some with four legs and some with feathers. Particularly interesting is our own “pet rescue” hero, our trauma neurosurgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Dembner, who on his way…
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Warm & Fuzzy, Green & Growing

From the cover of this edition of Wellspring you can see our health magazine staff decided to focus on a different kind of practitioner who helps with healing — some with four legs and some with feathers. Particularly interesting is our own “pet rescue” hero, our trauma neurosurgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Dembner, who on his way…
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Different is Good… Very Good

More than a half century ago, a small group of hometown doctors who believed health care close to home should be something different, combined their genius to create NorthBay Healthcare. To this day, we seek to be different for two reasons: to survive in a landscape over-colonized by big-box corporate systems, and to provide care…
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Different is Good… Very Good

More than a half century ago, a small group of hometown doctors who believed health care close to home should be something different, combined their genius to create NorthBay Healthcare. To this day, we seek to be different for two reasons: to survive in a landscape over-colonized by big-box corporate systems, and to provide care…
Read More

Different is Good… Very Good

More than a half century ago, a small group of hometown doctors who believed health care close to home should be something different, combined their genius to create NorthBay Healthcare. To this day, we seek to be different for two reasons: to survive in a landscape over-colonized by big-box corporate systems, and to provide care…
Read More