Crafting an Innovative NorthBay Experience

Taking an innovative approach to create an enhanced patient experience and community partnership, NorthBay Health expanded the role of its Chief Philanthropy Officer in January, promoting Paul McGinty to be its first-ever Chief Experience Officer (CXO). Paul is responsible for ensuring a seamless, modernized and personalized experience for all who interact with NorthBay Health, while…
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NorthBay Primary Care Now Available in Dixon

NorthBay Health brought primary care to Dixon this spring, opening a bright and spacious office at 1305 Stratford Ave., conveniently located just off Interstate 80. A soft opening began in late January, with NorthBay scheduling already existing patients for appointments at the site three days a week, providing time to apply finishing touches to the…
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Rover to the Rescue

After a very long “paws,” certified therapy dogs are returning to NorthBay Health’s hospitals, to help provide a calming influence for patients, visitors and staff. Several certified pet therapy dogs and their owners recently stepped forward to help reinstitute a pet visitation program at NorthBay, and recruitment for others to join the Pawsitive Companions Program…
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NorthBay Health Takes Reins of Urgent Care

Flowers and balloons were on hand when NorthBay Health relaunched Urgent Care in Vacaville and Fairfield on March 4. Ending a partnership with Carbon Health has allowed NorthBay Health to control the patient experience, with the emphasis on convenience, accessibility, customer service and excellent care. The locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 9…
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Looking for Some HOPE?

It’s not too late to join other Solano County women who have united to make a difference through philanthropy and engagement. Women’s HOPE (Health, Opportunity, Philanthropy and Engagement) is a program through NorthBay Health Foundation that was created to bring like-minded women together to learn more about the health system’s needs and opportunities. The group…
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New CEO Puts Focus on Quality, Accessibility and Convenience

Mark Behl officially took the reins as NorthBay Health President and CEO on Jan. 1, 2024. He is excited about the opportunity to lead a locally managed and operated system dedicated to fulfilling the community’s health needs. Among his first priorities will be to establish a five-year strategic plan focused on delivering convenient, accessible and…
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‘Mark the Shark’ is Back in Business

New Knees Make all the Difference for McCovey Cove Ball Hawk Vacaville resident Mark Gerek is known by another name to the fans who float in McCovey Cove just outside the San Francisco Giant’s baseball stadium. They call him “Mark the Shark” because he likes to float in his kayak while waiting for the next…
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Changes for NorthBay’s Leadership Team

Two new executives joined NorthBay Health in 2023, rounding out the leadership team and keeping the 63-year-old organization focused on its mission to remain fiercely independent while delivering compassionate care and advanced medicine close to home for the residents of Solano County and beyond. Joe D’Angina joined NorthBay Health as its Chief Financial Officer at…
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NorthBay Health to Gear Up Volunteer Program Again

NorthBay Health’s volunteer program made a critical step forward in efforts to re-launch when it hired Robin Hunt as manager of Volunteer Services in May. Robin comes to NorthBay from St. Joseph’s Medical Center and the Behavioral Health Center in Stockton, where she served as manager of Volunteer Services. “It has been a long wait…
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Bringing HOPE to NorthBay

Women’s Philanthropy Group Supports Health Care Mission Have a passion for assuring there is quality health care available locally? Want to make a difference in your community? You’re invited to join a new women’s philanthropy group with the mission of supporting NorthBay Health. NorthBay Health Foundation has created a new initiative for women in Solano…
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NorthBay Health Primary Care has Come to American Canyon

Family Medicine physician Frances Benko, D.O., saw her first patient at the Napa Junction commercial center site in March and said she has great hopes for future growth and outreach to the community. “With the changes in medicine and how we approach populations, we hope to offer a place for people to come not just…
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Awards

NorthBay Health garnered numerous awards and accolades in the past several months. U.S. News & World Reports Best Hospitals program again recognized NorthBay in 2022 as a High Performing Hospital in six specific specialty procedures and conditions: COPD, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Kidney Failure, Pneumonia and Stroke. On Dec. 6, U.S. News & World Reports…
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New Foundation Board Starts Work

NorthBay Health has started 2023 with an energized new board of directors dedicated to creating a culture of philanthropy in Solano County, according to Paul McGinty, President of NorthBay Health Foundation. A core team of leaders — Dennis Landis, Al Shaw, Bill Fell and Scott Reynolds — helped “reimagine the future” during a pandemic hiatus, and are now joined…
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Our Big Comeback!

NorthBay Health Foundation’s perennially popular Jubilee returns after a three-year hiatus with a new venue and a two-day format. Just as NorthBay Health Foundation has been re-imagined over the past few years, so has Solano County’s most popular fundraising event, according to Foundation President Paul McGinty. The NorthBay Health Jubilee Gala, a black-tie event for…
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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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There are Hidden Extras for our Primary Care Patients

Patients at the NorthBay Health Center for Primary Care have a choice among 27 physicians who specialize in pediatrics, family medicine and internal medicine at three locations in Solano County, in Vacaville, Fairfield and Green Valley. Every physician is also partnered with a care team — a nurse practitioner and a medical assistant — who put the patient at…
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Executive Team Sees Big Changes

As NorthBay Health charts its road to economic recovery, it does so with several new faces on its executive team, all committed to dynamic leadership and creative approaches to building a sustainable health care system that will continue to serve the community for years to come. Paul McGinty, President of NorthBay Health Foundation. Paul came…
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Awards

NorthBay Health has received a number of prestigious awards and accreditations in recent months. NorthBay Health Medical Center is recognized as “High Performing” by U.S. News & World Reports for 2022-23 in six specialty procedures/conditions: COPD, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Kidney Failure, Pneumonia and Stroke. A “High Performing” rating acknowledges care that was significantly better…
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Mayo Clinic Care Network Provides Expert Input

Since May 2016, NorthBay Health has been a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, allowing NorthBay Health physicians to work closely with Mayo Clinic specialists — sharing medical knowledge and clinical expertise in ways that directly benefit patients. Through eConsults, NorthBay doctors have access to more than 4,000 Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists for second opinions…
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NorthBay Health Foundation Presses Forward with Vision, Vigor

After a two-year hiatus, NorthBay Health Foundation is launching its re-envisioned structure and mission this fall, under the guidance of a new board of directors, and new NorthBay Health Foundation President Paul McGinty. Given the post-pandemic crunch that nonprofit hospitals are facing around the country — with inflation, high labor costs and low reimbursement rates, NorthBay Health…
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Fresh Brand Conveys World-Class Experience

Check us out! A new name, a bold look, new colors, but the same trusted health care partner you’ve come to expect from an organization that has grown up in Solano County and continues to serve the patients of our community under the same, sustaining mission: Compassionate Care, Advanced Medicine, Close to Home. Today we’re…
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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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Many Plans Include WHA…

The Western Health Advantage health plan was created to serve local employers and better control premium costs. Now co-owned by NorthBay Healthcare and Dignity Health (formerly known as Mercy Healthcare), it continues to grow and provide expert care for individuals and families in nine Northern California counties: Solano, Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo, Colusa, Napa,…
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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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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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Operation: Vaccination – NorthBay Team Does Its Part to Battle Pandemic

Thousands Receive Their Pfizer Doses at Clinics, Drive-throughs It started with a couple of physicians, a handful of nurses and a respiratory therapist boldly rolling up their sleeves and receiving the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at NorthBay Medical Center early one morning in December 2020. Fast forward many months later and NorthBay…
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NorthBay Brings Urgent Care to Grateful American Canyon

On the heels of establishing two successful urgent care centers amid retail outlets in Vacaville and Fairfield, NorthBay Healthcare, in partnership with Carbon Health, will open a third NorthBay Urgent Care facility in the summer of 2022. An official groundbreaking in June at 416 Napa Junction Road in American Canyon brought together NorthBay and American…
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Nine New DAISYs Bloom

Nine NorthBay Healthcare nurses have received the coveted DAISY award since August, 2020, presented to honor their outstanding patient outreach. They are: Susan Pack, R.N., a nurse in NorthBay Medical Center’s Mother/Baby Unit; Jayne Nanalis, R.N., a nurse in NorthBay Medical Center’s 1800 Unit; Loida de Vera, R.N., program coordinator for the Joint Replacement Program;…
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New Roles for Two Familiar Faces

Two veteran health care administrators with wide-ranging experience have assumed key leadership roles with NorthBay Healthcare. Wayne Gietz, who for the last five years guided NorthBay’s outpatient services, is the new president of NorthBay Healthcare Group. He succeeds Aimee Brewer, who is the new president and CEO of Sturdy Health in Massachusetts. Gietz has an…
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Welcome New Doctors

Larissa Chartrand, M.D. The Center for Primary Care in Vacaville welcomed another new physician to its team in November. Larissa Chartrand, M.D., is an internal medicine doctor who comes to NorthBay Healthcare from Miami Beach, Florida, where she was medical director of the primary care center and associate program director of the internal medicine residency…
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Nine New DAISYs Bloom

Nine NorthBay Healthcare nurses have received the coveted DAISY award this past year, presented to honor their outstanding patient outreach. Isabelle Johnson, R.N., a nurse at VacaValley Hospital’s 1-2 West, was singled out for the compassionate care she shares not only with her patients, but with her coworkers. MacKenzie Anderson, R.N., a nurse in NorthBay…
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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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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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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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New Moniker Adds NorthBay, Brew to the Mix

It started out as just a wine and cheese tasting event at a local church 33 years ago, but NorthBay Healthcare Foundation’s most popular fundraising event has evolved into so much more through the years. So, Jubilee organizers say now is the time to call it what it is: A NorthBay event with even more….
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Three New DAISYs Bloom

Three NorthBay Healthcare nurses are the proud recipients of the coveted DAISY award, presented to honor their outstanding patient outreach. Tiffany Song, Nora Maligaya and Christine Aye all received their awards at separate presentations in front of their nursing colleagues this year. Tiffany, a nurse in NorthBay Medical Center’s ICU, was singled out by the…
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A Season of Awards

Accolades from Across the Nation Pour in for Local Healthcare System ABOVE: Teams celebrate on hearing the news that NorthBay earns redesignation as a Baby-Friendly (top) and Magnet organization (bottom). NorthBay Earns Magnet Status — Again! With scores of NorthBay Healthcare employees across campuses and medical offices in Vacaville and Fairfield listening in, an August conference call…
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‘NorthBay Way Wall’ Shines Light on History, Commitment

Installed just weeks before the opening of the North Wing, a new art project featured prominently in NorthBay Medical Center’s main corridor showcases the history, milestones and medical advancements of NorthBay Healthcare. Called “The NorthBay Way Wall,” it is composed of nine panels, hundreds of photographs and “Our Story,” of a hospital system borne from…
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Welcome New Docs

NorthBay Healthcare has seen the addition of several new physicians in recent months including specialists in diabetes and cardiology as well as family medicine and otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat). Here is a look at some of the doctors: Sumera Ahmed, M.D. NorthBay Healthcare Diabetes & Endocrinology Center recently welcomed diabetologists Sumera Ahmed, M.D. to…
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Building more than Character

NorthBay’s Biggest Accomplishment Exceeds Expectations In 17 years at NorthBay Healthcare, Assistant Vice President Real Estate & Facilities Development Joelyn Gropp has led the design of eight new buildings and scores of remodels and tenant improvements. But, without a doubt, the $200 million North Wing takes the crown. It was easily the largest project, both…
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What’s Cooking for Visitors, Staff?

With the opening of the new North Wing at NorthBay Medical Center comes The Shaw Family Kitchen, which opened for use Oct. 1. ABOVE: Staff and visitors can enjoy respite in a bright and spacious dining area. Photo credit: Photographs © 2019 Sasha Moravec The new nutrition services area includes a 6,000-square foot kitchen and…
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Shaw Family Kitchen

Not one for the spotlight, local philanthropists Al and Patt Shaw prefer to support their favorite causes without fanfare. But that changed when the Green Valley couple realized they had the means to make a significant impact on NorthBay Healthcare’s future and to serve as an inspiration to others in the process. ABOVE: NorthBay’s mission…
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All at Your Fingertips

Just steps away from the Welcome Pavillion at NorthBay Medical Center is a brand-new visual and interactive tribute to NorthBay Healthcare’s most loyal supporters: the donors who have, through the decades, shared the vision and determination to build and sustain a healthcare system that would provide top-flight healthcare for our friends, neighbors and family members…
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Art as Healing

New, freshly painted walls of the North Wing provided an empty canvas for NorthBay Healthcare leaders to fill with vibrant, unique art selections, and touched off a decision to upgrade art throughout the hospital. “We know that art has healing qualities,” explained NorthBay Healthcare Group President Aimee Brewer. “So we teamed up with ACS (Art…
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