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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An Investment in Imaging

The North Wing at NorthBay Medical Center features advanced imaging services with the most up-to-date equipment. ABOVE: Radiologic Technologist Melanie Adams positions the Diagnostic Imaging Department’s new fluoroscopic imaging equipment (above), which displays continuous X-rays on a monitor. Photo credit: Fred Greaves The inpatient Diagnostic Imaging Department on the first floor of the new wing…
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Ultra Clean Behind the Scenes

One department you’ll never see on a hospital tour of NorthBay Medical Center is Central Sterile. That’s because everything inside — all the tools used for surgeries and procedures — must be kept pristine and infection-free to ensure the safety of patients. If you could enter those hallowed halls, located on the first floor of the new North Wing,…
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Best Care, Coming and Going

PACU is the Place for Patient Transitions Patients awaiting surgery or recovering from post-surgical anesthesia will spend some time in a post-anesthesia care unit, or PACU, under the watchful eyes of nurses whose main tasks are to manage airways and alleviate pain. ABOVE: Patients recover in bright, spacious areas in the new post-anesthesia care unit….
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Patient Rooms Have Posh Feel

They may look like they belong in a posh hotel, but patient rooms on the second floor in the North Wing are fully equipped to handle a patient’s urgent needs at a moment’s notice. ABOVE: Former NorthBay Healthcare President and CEO Gary Passama and wife Judy (left) were among the first to take a tour…
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The Robot Advantage

The pièce de résistance in Surgical Suite No. 7 arrived in November and promises to help NorthBay surgeons deliver the most advanced techniques for patients in the years to come. It’s the da Vinci Surgical System, which offers surgeons an advanced set of instru­ments to use in performing robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery, via a console…
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Such Suite Success

Rare is the time you’d want to be wheeled into a surgical suite, but if fate happens to bring you to one of the eight operating rooms in NorthBay Medical Center’s new North Wing, know that they are all filled with the latest equipment, technology and talent found nowhere else in Solano County. ABOVE: J….
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Beyond the North Wing…

Although the newly opened North Wing may seem like it’s the center of NorthBay Healthcare’s universe, it’s actually only one of a number of projects that have come to fruition in the past three years. The North Wing was actually the final piece of a three-phase project at the NorthBay Medical Center campus in Fairfield….
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Finding True North

If finding True North is synonymous with finding life’s purpose, then NorthBay Medical’s Center’s newly opened North Wing is aptly named. For a hospital, it delivers on all fronts: There are 22 sleekly designed patient rooms with high-tech features at every turn. Eight new surgical suites with the latest and greatest tools that technology can…
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New Wing Readies for Patients

After three years, construction on NorthBay Medical Center’s new North Wing was deemed officially complete when the California Office of Statewide Health & Development (OSHPD) completed final inspections on July 17. Immediately after that, move-in plans ramped up.ABOVE: NorthBay Medical Center’s new North Wing is home to 22 patient rooms, a large and brightly decorated…
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Welcome New Physicians

NorthBay Healthcare recently welcomed a new obstetrician/gynecologist to the Center for Women’s Health. Stella Huang, D.O., earned her medical degree at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo and holds a master’s degree in epidemiology from Stanford University School of Medicine. In her new role at NorthBay she is the Inpatient Women’s Health Services…
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On the Road Again

Physicians Team Up to Get Officer Back on his Bike Tony Blencowe, 46, was doing the job he loves when he felt a pinch in his neck. The California Highway Patrol officer was on his motorcycle taking a quick glance over his left shoulder when he felt something snap. It was a motion he’d made…
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Your Best Choice

Everyone wants to be healthy, but no one enjoys mulling over health plans and insurance models. PPO? HMO? It’s an alphabet headache! Yet the decisions you make will impact you and your family for years to come. When you choose a health plan, it’s just the first step on your path to good health. Make…
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Care Team Embraces 101-year-old

ABOVE: The care team for Gerald Simoni (center) includes his girlfriend, Jean Eldridge and NorthBay Center for Primary Care staff (left to right) Tammy Ingham, M.A., Victoria Satterwhite, M.A., and Ali Hassani, M.D.Mary Jameson remembers the first time Gerald Simoni called her. “He was 98 years old and he was taking a vitamin a day,…
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Care ’til 8 Provides After-hour Expertise

It’s never fun for kids or adults to develop a high fever or to wrench a back muscle, but why does it always seem to happen on a Friday? Or late in the afternoon? If your physician isn’t available, does this mean a trip to an emergency room? NorthBay Healthcare has another solution: Care ’til…
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Healthcare Conundrum? Ask Kelly

Want to pick the perfect physician for you and your family? Kelly Rhoads-Poston is ready to help. Prior to joining NorthBay Healthcare 20 years ago as a marketing representative and health plan specialist, she worked in the insurance industry. She understands the complicated health insurance landscape and goes out of her way to help others…
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Mayo Clinic Model Works at NorthBay

Inspiration Streamlines Spine Program NorthBay Healthcare’s collaboration with Mayo Clinic has paved the way for patient-friendly improvements in the NorthBay Spine Program. In November 2018 Edie Zusman, M.D., director of the NorthBay Center for Neuroscience, and Christopher Rumery, M.D., a specialist in pain management, visited the Mayo Clinic’s Phoenix location, leaving with copious notes and…
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Nurse Camp Celebrates 15 years

More than 30 students (right) from throughout Solano County who were selected to participate in the 2019 NorthBay Nurse Camp were able to take part in hands-on activities during their four-day session, exploring Surgery, Labor & Delivery, the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. It was a lively, friendly group of…
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OLE Health: A Powerful Safety Net

Since opening its second Fairfield health center in November in NorthBay Health Plaza — located across the street from NorthBay Medical Center — OLE Health has reached a growing population of those most vulnerable when it comes to finding health care. Many local residents now have access to convenient, seamless and comprehensive health services they didn’t before its opening….
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Community Health Education Classes

Nominate a Special Nurse. Visit NorthBay.org/DAISY Healthier Living • A six-week class offered several times during the year, taught in conjunction with Solano Public Health and the Area Agency on Aging. Classes are free but space is limited. Call (707) 646-5469. Caregivers’ Support Group • For anyone involved in caring for a loved one with…
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NorthBay Urgent Care: A Proven Success

NorthBay Urgent Care began as a vision intended to offer great patient access in a retail setting, and after its first full year of service, has been deemed a proven success, according to Wayne Gietz, vice president of NorthBay Healthcare’s Ambulatory Division. Instant Visits, an Instant Hit Instant Visits is a new service offered through…
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Welcome New Physicians

NorthBay Healthcare has welcomed two radiation oncologists to the NorthBay Cancer Center team. Stephen J.M. Banks, M.D. and David John Tate, M.D. have worked together for many years and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience. Both are board-certified by the American Board of Radiology. Dr. Banks grew up in Connecticut and earned his medical…
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Community Health Education Classes

Nominate a Special Nurse. Visit NorthBay.org/DAISY Healthier Living • A six-week class offered several times during the year, taught in conjunction with Solano Public Health and the Area Agency on Aging. Classes are free but space is limited. Call (707) 646-5469. Caregivers’ Support Group • For anyone involved in caring for a loved one with…
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Welcome New Physician

Neil P. Pathare, M.D., has joined NorthBay Healthcare’s team of orthopedic specialists. Dr. Pathare earned his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and specializes in advanced arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery, ligament reconstruction and cartilage restoration procedures as well as fracture care, tendon repair and joint replacement. During his fellowship training,…
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Get Your Ticket to a Joyous Jubilee

32nd annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee Saturday May 18, 6:30 p.m. Harbison Event Center at the Nut Tree in Vacaville A benefit for NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement The 2019 Jubilee will offer ticketholders a “wine country casual” experience, as they stroll about the Harbison Event Center, sampling some of the area’s best foods and…
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Wing on the Rise

With major construction projects wrapping up and a big anniversary to celebrate, 2019 is shaping up to be a big year for facilities at NorthBay Healthcare. A project to expand NorthBay Medical Center’s Emergency Department is in its fourth and final phase, as an additional 10 beds were added in December, bringing the number to…
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NorthBay & OLE Health: a Good Team!

Since NorthBay Healthcare and OLE Health launched a rare partnership in November 2018, there’s been help for a steady stream of some of Solano County’s most vulnerable patients. “It’s been phenomenal to see the rapid growth and overall community satisfaction. I attribute the overwhelming success of this partnership to the fact that it addresses the…
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Dr. Yang is ROAR Medical Director

NorthBay Healthcare Pediatrician Judy Yang, D.O., knows that when a doctor speaks, parents listen. That’s why she’s committed to using her powers of persuasion to get parents — and eventually their children —  reading. And as Solano County’s first-ever medical director for the local Reach Out and Read (ROAR) program, she has the platform to do just that….
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Welcome New Physician

Darshan Patel, M.D., an internal medicine physician, has joined the team at the NorthBay Center for Primary Care in Green Valley, 4520 Business Center Drive, in Fairfield. Dr. Patel earned his medical degree at Smt. B.K., Shaw Medical Institute & Research Center, Gujarat University in India and completed his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in…
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Help for Warriors Burdened by Grief

“Man up!” That command may stiffen the spines of soldiers hauling heavy packs on grueling training hikes, but it’s not so helpful for veterans hauling the heavy weight of grief. “The military trains you to keep moving, to just deal with it,” said Mike Goodwin, a U.S. Air Force veteran and NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement…
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NorthBay Hospice’s Commitment Says ‘We Honor Veterans’

NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement joined the “We Honor Veterans” program in 2016 and is now recognized with its highest honor as a “Level Four” partner. The program is a collaboration between NorthBay, the Department of Veteran Affairs and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The program’s mission is to help NorthBay Hospice better serve…
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Hundreds at NorthBay Honored to Serve

And They Continue Caring for Others in New Civilian Roles Nearly 200 of NorthBay Healthcare’s 2,600 employees are classified as veterans, and they can be found in every nook and corner of the organization, operating CT scanners and taking X-rays, caring for patients in Labor & Delivery, working in security and sanitizing patient rooms. They…
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Controlling Chaos: An Acquired Skill

Julian Gallegos was a fairly new nurse in the U.S. Air Force when he was sent to Germany’s Ramstein Air Base to help care for service members being flown in from the war zone in Iraq. He met incoming flights and cared for patients — whose injuries ranged from minor to critical —as they were…
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Air Force Helped Her Discover Her Specialty

Sometimes you need to create your own opportunities, and for Deborah Murray, M.D., those opportunities—through the U.S. Air Force —led to a highly satisfying medical career. She followed in her father’s and stepfather’s footsteps and joined the Air Force as a medical technician. After eight years, she wanted more, so she left the Air Force…
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Life Lessons on a C-130

There’s nothing like delivering care to wounded warriors in the back of a flying, vibrating C-130 to push a doctor out of his hospital comfort zone. But according to NorthBay Healthcare cardiac anesthesiologist Adam Tibble, M.D., his four years in the Air Force as a physician with Critical Care Air Transport resulted in some of…
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Trauma Skills Honed in the Shadow of War

Above: William Fulton, D.O., shows an image from his Army days. Surgeon William Fulton, D.O., learned many powerful lessons during Operation Iraqi Freedom, especially during a brief stint at the Army’s busiest trauma center in Landstuhl, Germany, working alongside world- renowned trauma surgeons, including Dr. E. Gene Moore, “The Godfather of Trauma Surgery.” He treated…
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Former Flight Surgeon Still Soaring

Physician Keeps Solano Work Force Grounded Above: Yolanta Petrofsky, M.D., has mastered flexibility, thanks to a world-wide range of experiences from her days in the U.S. Air Force. A quick look at the resume of Yolanta Petrofsky, M.D., and you’ll quickly confirm that there’s not much she can’t do. While in the Air Force, the…
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The Mission Transcends the Job

Physician Assistant Joel Ambrosio says his two years as a hospital corpsman (medic) in the U.S. Navy instilled in him the drive to give his all and offer his best for the mission, every encounter, every time. That has translated to his job now, as a physician assistant at the NorthBay Center for Primary Care…
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Pediatrician Learned to Lead, Military Offered Opportunities

Pediatrician Bruce Hewett, M.D., did not intend to have a lifetime career in the military. “I just kept kicking the can down the street,” said the retired colonel. “They kept making me bigger and better offers.” He was the middle of six siblings to go to college and wanted a way to spare his parents…
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Veteran in Paradise

Physician Enjoys Offering Care to Fellow Vets Twice a month, Douglas Freeman, M.D., slips on one of his patriotic ties and makes the drive to Paradise Valley Estates, a retirement community in Fairfield that is home to some very special patients—many veterans and spouses of veterans. Above: Douglas Freeman, M.D., enjoys chatting with patient Bruce…
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