Rave Reviews for Urgent Care

Since the day NorthBay Urgent Care opened at the Nut Tree Plaza in January, 2018, it has been garnering rave reviews from people who want immediate medical attention for non-life-threatening medical conditions, according to Mary Jameson, director of Women’s Health for NorthBay Healthcare. “We’ve been hearing that they love it for the convenient location and…
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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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Sports Clinic a Hit

Since the dawn of civilization, humans have been playing sports, and while advances through time have made fitness and safety a priority, competitive sport still comes with certain risks of injury — no matter the age of the athlete. In fact, there were 8.6 million sports- and recreation-related injuries in the United States among people of all…
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Super Soaked Jubilee

It was raining cats and dogs, but the foul weather didn’t deter the crowds, nor the vendors, from turning out in force for the 32nd Solano Wine & Food Jubilee on Saturday, May 18. The venue was dotted with colorful umbrellas, plenty of pop-up tents, and guests warmly dressed in their rainy weather gear. By…
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New Beginnings Builds HOPE

Fairfield resident Angela Kirk had just left a birthday party in Vacaville with her sons, then age 7 and 5, when she made a detour to let one of them use the restroom at an area pizza parlor. ABOVE: Stroke survivor Angela Kirk (left) helped to create the New Beginnings support group for survivors. Beth…
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Program Pulls Together Paramedics, Patients

They’ve been discharged from the hospital with a list of new medications, appointments for respiratory therapy or cardiac rehabilitation, instructions to follow a new diet and the sobering realization that life is now different. It’s a confusing whirlwind that some heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients face. There’s help in maneuvering through…
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TEAM TROY

Troy Clark was 25 years old when he went off-roading on Mount Vaca in November 1992. His Toyota Land Cruiser veered off a narrow, curving road and rolled down the hill, breaking his neck and leaving him a quadriplegic. “I was awake the whole time,” he said. “I recall everything. I remember a lot of…
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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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Family Grateful for Mom’s Dream of a Lifetime

ABOVE: The family of hospice patient Patsy Harpe pose for a photo at her Dream of a Lifetime party, including her daughters, Layce Little and Kelli Harpe (left to right, in white dresses) and their daughters, along with Thrieza Zapanta, who is seated next to Kathleen Diaz, NorthBay Hospice Nurse. Fulfilling a terminally ill patient’s…
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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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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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From Great Feats to Great Feet

Podiatrist Recalls Early Days as Navy Field Medic for Marines Above: Kevin Miller, D.P.M., said his inspiration for becoming a podiatrist started while serving in the U.S. Navy, addressing the needs of a Marine Division. When you are a field medic with an infantry combat Marine unit, you see a lot of bad feet. Just…
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Community Health Education Classes

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 Alzheimer’s disease or a dementia-related illness….
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Jubilee Celebrates 31 Years of Success

Breezy but temperate weather greeted hundreds of revelers who gathered at the Harbison Event Center at the Nut Tree for the 31st annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee Saturday, May 19. More than 2,000 ticket holders enjoyed goods shared by scores of food, wine and brew vendors, perused hundreds of items in a silent auction…
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Learn to Avoid Serious Accidents in Your Home

Accidents within the home are a leading cause of death in the United States. Falls, drowning, and injuries from burns, poisons and hazardous chemicals are among the most common reasons for visits to the emergency department. The good news is that many of these home accidents can be prevented by taking some extra precautions. Heather…
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Try to Stay Cool When Solano’s Heat is On

The temperatures may be pleasant now in Solano County, but just wait. You know summer will be here in a few months, and with it the ever-rising mercury. Don’t let heat exhaustion burn out your love of summer. Make sure you recognize signs of trouble as you head outdoors for fun and exercise. Heat exhaustion…
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SURVIVAL TIPS: Fires to Floods

Earthquake Solano County is next to several earthquake fault lines and experts say it is only a matter of time before an earthquake the magnitude of 6.7 or greater occurs in the Bay Area. It you feel the earth rumbling, take the following precautions: If you’re indoors, stay inside. If you’re outside, stay outside. If…
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Learn to Fend Off Falls

Balance is a critical issue for older people and with good reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 2.8 million people age 65 and up are treated each year in emergency departments for fall injuries and one out of every five falls causes a serious injury such as a broken bone or head trauma….
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Use Facebook, Get Engaged

NorthBay Healthcare cordially invites you to get engaged on Facebook by reading, liking, sharing and commenting on our many healthy posts. You might even win a prize! #HealthTipTuesday is posted every Tuesday on the NorthBay Facebook page (Facebook.com/NorthBayHealthcare) and shares a healthy tip from one of our many providers each week. Posts run the gamut…
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31st Solano Wine & Food Jubilee Returns to Vacaville

Mark your calendars: The 31st Solano Wine & Food Jubilee returns to Harbison Event Center at the Nut Tree in Vacaville, at 6:30 p.m. on May 19, 2018. “We’re very excited that the Jubilee will again be held at the Nut Tree,” said Craig Bryan, Jubilee committee chair and NorthBay Healthcare Foundation board member. The…
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Community Health Education Classes

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 Alzheimer’s disease or a dementia-related illness….
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Always Trauma-Ready

Trauma: Ready! CRUSH, CRASH, CRUNCH… Nobody plans to fall off a ladder, get bitten by a dog or be involved in a car crash. But the unexpected can happen, and when it does, a team of highly qualified, trauma-trained professionals are on standby 24/7 in NorthBay Healthcare’s two Emergency Departments. NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield…
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On the Road Again

Knee Replacement Gets Car Buff Back on the Road It wasn’t a midlife crisis that caused Donald Otis, 66, to buy a Jetstream Blue Metallic Chevy Corvette last year, he said, it was a retirement crisis. When Don retired after 40 years as a professional forester with the U.S. Forest Service he decided to make…
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Prep for Your Visit

Get the Most Out of Your Doctor Visit Whether you meet with your doctor once a year or once a month, you should aim to get the most out of every moment you have together. How can you make that happen? Good communication is essential. “Preparation and participation will help you have a successful doctor’s…
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Yes, Weight Matters

Obesity, a Growing Problem in Solano County There is no getting around it. Your weight and your health are connected. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that 2 billion adults and children globally are overweight or obese and suffer health problems because of it. And the United States leads…
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Confused? Ask Kelly!

Health Care Conundrum? …Ask Kelly! Do you need help picking the perfect physician for you and your family? Kelly Rhoads-Poston has answers. Prior to joining NorthBay Healthcare 18 years ago as a marketing representative and health plan specialist, she worked in the insurance business. She understands the complicated insurance landscape and goes out of her…
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Pick the Right Physician

It’s Important to Pick the Right Physician When Shanaz Khambatta, D.O., started her family practice with NorthBay Healthcare in 2002, she was only the third doctor to join the organization’s Center for Primary Care facility in Vacaville. Today, she’s the medical director for the primary care division which includes more than 20 pediatricians, family practice…
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A Year of Collaboration

Mayo Clinic Care Network Gives Patients Choices In the year since NorthBay Healthcare became a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, urologist Herkanwal Khaira, M.D., has seen firsthand how the collaboration is providing peace of mind and strengthening his doctor-patient relationships. “If I have a patient and I tell him ‘You have prostate cancer…
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Massage for Healing

Massage Therapy Is Part of the Program NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness has launched a unique, treatment-based massage therapy program to promote healing and well-being for members and nonmembers alike. Headed by Director Krystal Newton, the highly experienced, specially trained team of therapists offers a wide array of massage types, from Swedish and deep-tissue massage, to sports…
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A Team Approach

HealthSpring Fitness: Not an Ordinary Gym NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness is Solano County’s only medical fitness center and membership is open to the public. But you don’t have to be a member to participate in Movement is Medicine. In this program, local physicians don’t just prescribe exercise as a form of medicine, but communicate with a…
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Roadmap for Recovery

Movement is Medicine Personalized Training Program Offers Roadmap for Recovery Three years ago, Suzanne Clark sat in her wheelchair at a Soroptimist International regional conference, waving her hands and smiling while club members danced around her during a friendly competition. This year, wheelchair-free, she taught her friends the steps and led the dance. Suzanne, 60,…
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Pumped Up by Treatment

Stroke Survivor Can Walk Again With a Cane Following a stroke four years ago, Antonio Perez, 35, couldn’t stand for long and could only walk a few steps with the aid of a walker. It wasn’t for lack of trying or physical therapy. It was the spasticity in the muscles of his right leg and…
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Shouldering a Replacement

Rancher Ready for Total Replacement Rancher Duncan McCormack III of Rio Vista, 65, knows a thing or two about joint replacement. In the past few years he has undergone a hip replacement, knee replacement, and is currently recovering from his second shoulder replacement surgery. More than 53,000 people undergo shoulder replacement surgeries each year in…
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Saving the Shattered

Bad Breaks, Great Outcomes What happens when bones aren’t just broken, they’re shattered? Crushed pelvises, high-energy fractures to the knee, elbow and ankle joints, and even pediatric fractures— these are severe injuries that require complex surgical repair by highly trained orthopedists using the most advanced surgical innovations. It wasn’t all that long ago these cases…
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W is for Waist Measurement

Numbers Can Predict Your Risks Michelle Katzaroff, D.O. Measuring your waist is a simple way to predict your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases. A large waist measurement can even predict a shorter life span. Studies have shown that abdominal obesity (the traditional apple shape, beer belly or “spare tire”) is much…
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Solano Diagnostics Imaging Brings PET/CT Scanner to Vacaville

Adrian Riggs, right, looks over the control room of the new PET/CT imaging system. A $1.8 million Toshiba Celesteion PET/CT imaging system is the centerpiece of Solano Diagnostics Imaging’s new location in the VacaValley Wellness Center. It is the only stationary PET/CT scanning equipment in Solano County, other than David Grant Medical Center at Travis…
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All The Right Moves

Physical, Occupational Therapy Relocation Brings More Space, Opportunities Physical Therapist Angela Williamson, far right, leads her patients through some basic motions during pool therapy at HealthSpring Fitness in the new VacaValley Wellness Center. Physical Therapist Angela Williamson steps into the warm water of the therapy pool at HealthSpring Fitness and greets the two patients she’ll…
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Heart Help

Cardiac Rehabilitation Now Available in Vacaville James Stacey uses an exercise bike under the supervision of Karen Loewe, R.N., clinical manager of NorthBay Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Last December, James Stacey of Vacaville received a “wake-up” call that no one wants to get. While making repairs around his home, he began having trouble breathing. When…
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The Mind-Body Connection

Integrative Medicine Focuses on Optimal Health Strategies The providers of Integrative Medicine include, from left: Angela Lim, D.O.; Sandra Skates, D.O.; Karin Grumstrup, N.P.; and Eric Hassid, M.D. Integrative Medicine in the VacaValley Wellness Center brings Functional Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) together in one setting. The two specialties work closely together with the…
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Putting Patients Center Stage

New Design Strategy Creates ‘Offstage’ Area for Medical Staff Dr. Angela Lim discusses the patient experience with Lori Toliver Cawley. It’s called the patient visit of the future, and it’s popping up in medical offices throughout the NorthBay Healthcare system. There’s still a check-in, the compulsory blood pressure, temperature and pulse recordings and a visit…
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A Class Act

Something for Everyone at HealthSpring Fitness Just like the population it serves, the exercise classes at NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness reflect our community’s diversity of interests and physical abilities. Toddlers learn to swim here; adults re-learn how to bend and twist, and boost their heart rates. Slow and steady or robust and intense, there is a…
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Serving Patient Needs Even After They’re Home

Shelley Stelzner, R.N., and James Pierson collaborated on the Community Para-medicine Program. Once a patient leaves the hospital, staying connected can be difficult. Sometimes care providers do not know what is taking place until the patient returns for a follow-up appointment, or is rushed to the emergency room in crisis. NorthBay Healthcare has partnered with…
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It’s Never Too Late

You, Too, Can Lead an Active Life Dr. Madhav Goyal, an internal medicine physician at the NorthBay Center for Primary Care in Vacaville, says fitness can be achieved through exercise, no matter your age. It’s no secret: Exercising is good for you. Numerous studies have shown the health benefits of being active and that people…
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Yoga and Pilates: It’s a Stretch

Personal Trainer Karen Nelson demonstrates the pilates machine at In-Shape Browns Valley Vacaville. In pain? Feeling stiff and creaky? Loosen up those tight muscles and stiff joints with a warrior, tree or mountain pose. Or perhaps what you need is to assume the downward dog or seated twist. Those are a few yoga poses, and…
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Walking the Walk, Talking the Talk

Dr. Deborah Murray plans to add walking appointments when NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness opens this year. Long before the first blueprint plan was approved, long before the first shovel of dirt was turned, Deborah Murray, M.D., medical director of NorthBay Diabetes & Endocrinology, had a vision for the kind of appointments she would have with some…
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Create Healthy Habits When They’re Young

Dr. Michael Ginsberg and a young patient. Anyone who’s seen children on a playground during recess knows physical activity comes naturally to the young. What might be less apparent is that obesity among children has grown dramatically in the past 30 years and that many are not getting the physical activity they need. The Centers…
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Recipe for a Lifetime

Weight Management Isn’t a Diet, It’s a Journey NorthBay Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner Karin Grumstrup displays the weight loss program she authored while two class participants, Janie Sevold, center, and Kerri Claussen look on. Anyone who has dieted and lost, only to watch the pounds return, knows how hard it is to maintain a lithe…
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Break Your Bad Habits

Psychologist Eric Niemeyer We all have at least one—that bad habit we promise to someday overcome. Whether your bad habit affects your health and lifestyle, such as smoking, overeating or overspending, or simply annoys you or your loved ones, such as nail biting, swearing or knuckle-cracking, you can break the habit, says Eric Niemeyer, a…
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Functional Approach

Healing Begins with the Patient Dr. Eric Hassid, right, tests the strength of Tim Farley of Yuba City. Farley is trying to avoid a liver transplant by making diet and lifestyle changes. Functional Medicine physician Eric Hassid, M.D., leaves no stone unturned as he strives to restore his patients’ health while improving their underlying medical…
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Expert, Team Tackle Diabetes Epidemic…

Drs. Deborah Murray, left, and Miya Allen head a team of diabetes experts skilled in managing their patients’ varied health issues. The NorthBay Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology has undergone myriad changes since Dr. Deborah Murray, M.D., endocrinologist, came on board as the center’s medical director in 2007. Her goal: To create a center of…
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