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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Destination: Trauma Level II

Far from a sprint, and more akin to a strenuous but gratifying marathon, the years-long development of the NorthBay Trauma Center is approaching another milestone. It was in 2002 that I stood before a local Rotary Club and told the lunchtime audience that our team at NorthBay Healthcare would not be satisfied until we developed…
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Focusing on Children

This year, the emergency departments of our two hospitals expect about 10,000 visits from pediatric patients, those vulnerable young people who come with a fever, an aching tummy, a broken arm, and unfortunately, some things worse. While NorthBay Healthcare has been busy developing new advanced medical services for women, heart attack patients and those with…
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New Year, New Triumphs

A new year brings new hope we will accomplish more in the next 12 months than in the year prior. When we do, it will represent quite an achievement, because our progress last year was nothing short of valiant. In 2012, we pursued with vigor our mission of bringing new and needed advanced medicine to…
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Reform is Not Pain-free

How about a pain-free life in a society where health care is accessible to all without much government interference? Of course, that is an inconceivable plot, even for an old-fashioned Disney movie. Pain is not only a part of life, it is part and parcel of healthcare reform. With it, come difficult decisions, amid perpetual,…
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Straight from the Heart

The new year’s first edition of Wellspring comes from the heart. Inside you will find some inspiring—and heartwarming—stories of Solano residents who, with a little help from our healthcare professionals, have overcome obstacles and learned to live well, regardless of their age. February is Heart Month, and it gives us an opportunity to showcase our…
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The Time is Now

The undeniable need for advanced trauma emergency services in Solano County hit home here at NorthBay recently when a typical staff meeting turned unusual. To build Solano County’s first trauma center the program’s architects must keep track of hundreds of many moving parts—policies, procedures, protocols, staff training, physicians, nurses, new staff recruitment, equipment needs, regulatory…
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Staying Grounded, Staying on Course

Amid the clamor emanating from political circles (or is it political circus?) these days, it’s easy for healthcare leaders to become perplexed by Washington, D.C., and Sacramento. We can easily become preoccupied with state budget cuts, federal deficit reductions and the haggling over the national debt. We can fret over what politicians will decide, and…
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Offering a Reason to Believe

Sometimes, hope can be the best medicine we can prescribe. So we do just that. One day, my brother called to say his 78-year-old friend had been diagnosed with a form of leukemia and was told he had two months to live. This man had a well-known health plan and a physician who said because…
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Doing What Others Can’t

What do we mean when we say, “Advanced medicine, close to home”? Well, how about a robot zipping down our hospital hallway en route to check on a stroke patient? Right out of Star Wars. Or what about creating 3-D and 4-D (moving images) of the heart taken by a camera-like probe that travels down…
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