In Grief, Two Mothers Reach Out to Others

Barbara Crandall and Kathy Gee are part of a club no one wants to join. It’s the club for parents who have lost a child. The two met while working at the NorthBay Center for Primary Care in Vacaville. “You’re so lost when you lose a child,” says Barbara, whose son, Jason McCurdy, was killed…
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Children’s Network Leader Helps Families in Need

The nation’s beleaguered economy has caused a seismic shift at Children’s Network, says NorthBay Healthcare’s Director of Accreditation and Licensure, Mary Dickey. As president of the Children’s Network Board of Directors since 2005, Mary has seen the number of needy families skyrocket in recent years, with job losses and home foreclosures. It makes her work…
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RN Rolls Up Her Sleeves in Nicaragua

“You think you’re giving, but you really get back so much more,” says Janet Walker, RN, a case manager at NorthBay Medical Center, of her volunteer work in Latin America. Janet travels to Managua, Nicaragua, each year on missions with the Community Presbyterian Church in Vacaville. From there they drive to the small town of…
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Family Bonds: Fund-raising for Muscular Dystrophy

When it comes to healthcare, it’s all in the family for the Olmstead sisters. Three of the five sisters and one sister-in-law have all worked for NorthBay Healthcare at one time or another, in different fields. There’s Peggy (Olmstead) Acosta, a clinical nurse for NorthBay Medical Center; Mary Olmstead Quinn, a neonatal intensive care unit…
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Clearing the Air for Kids: Coalition Teaches Families About Asthma

Solano County has one of the highest rates of childhood asthma in California, according to Chad Tarter, MD, a pediatric hospitalist at NorthBay Medical Center. That’s why he has recently started working with the Solano Asthma Coalition (SAC), an organization that is teaming with Community Action to Fight Asthma (CAFA). CAFA is a California-based network…
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Fancy Food Show Feeds Solano’s Hungry

When specialty food manufacturers gathered for a Fancy Food Show in San Francisco in January, they brought tons of product samples for vendors to taste. When the convention ended, truckloads of food were left over. Rather than let the food go to waste, one of the show organizers contacted a Solano County ministerial association and…
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Chief Nursing Officer Takes Her Caring Touch to Kenya

NorthBay Healthcare Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Kathy Richerson says a trip to Kenya in 2007 with the faith-based E3 Partners restored her confidence that as a nurse, even when you’re not involved in direct care, your core nursing skills and knowledge don’t go away. “There’s still so much that you can do as…
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Classical Music, Close to Home

Anesthesiologist finds harmony in symphony You don’t have to be a trained musician to serve the Solano County Symphony. Just ask Dr. Wayne Walker, an avid fan of the arts who has been a member of the symphony’s board of directors for the past decade. During this time, he has performed in a variety of…
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Engaging Minds: Certified Activity Director Aids Solano’s Memory-Impaired

You know you’ve found the right career fit when you can match an avocation with your vocation. “I love to do crafts and come up with creative new activities,” says Sandy Perez, program manager for the NorthBay Adult Day Center. Many of Sandy’s creative ideas eventually become the crafts, activities and games that help stimulate…
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NorthBay Adult Day Center – A Needed Service

The NorthBay Adult Day Center, located on the VacaValley Hospital campus in Vacaville, offers family members a caring, safe and structured environment for loved ones who are suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. Participants can spend half-, full- or extended days under the supervision of trained staff and volunteers. “Our program here is a social…
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