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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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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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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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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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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