Fitness Center takes Shape

The VacaValley Wellness Center began to take shape in the fall of 2015 and by December, was already three stories tall, with painting starting to take place on the medical side of the building.

A crane works on the medical office side of the building where a special vault is being constructed to house a state-of-the-art linear accelerator for radiation oncology.

The future of fitness is taking shape on the NorthBay VacaValley Hospital campus this spring. By July, the doors to NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness will open, ushering in an exciting new and inclusive concept in the world of fitness: a facility that welcomes a wide range of age groups, people of all shapes and sizes, abilities and disabilities into an environment that caters to everyone’s unique needs.

“We don’t have anything like this in Solano County,” says Gary Passama, President and CEO of NorthBay Healthcare. “It’s one of only a handful on the west coast—a facility that is dedicated to medical fitness of individuals.”

Imagine a world in which you look forward to your workout time because you enjoy connecting with your community; a trainer creates a fitness regimen especially for you; your watch reminds you when it’s time to shake a leg or a doctor recommends an app that helps you devise a workout routine to meet your needs.

The 56,000-square-foot, three-story structure will have a children’s area, a walking track, three pools: a lap pool, a general purpose pool and a warm water therapy pool; as well as a whirlpool. There are also group exercise rooms, a cycling room, a large cardio area, strength training and personal training areas and a Queenax fitness system with a high-tech tracking system, which will remember where you left off.

A children’s area and playground has been designated and gym members can check their children in for two-hour periods.

The gym will anchor the western side of the Vaca-Valley Wellness Center, currently under construction on Nut Tree Road. It shares the same parking lot with the hospital, the VacaValley Health Plaza and the Ambulatory Surgery Center.

The eastern end will feature a medical office building that will house NorthBay’s Cancer Center, Functional Medicine, Diabetes & Endocrinology and more.

By January, the entrance to the building was already visible, although there is still interior and exterior work to be done.

Gregory Nagaye is Healthspring’s general manager, and has settled his membership team into Suite 180 of the VacaValley Health Plaza. A window looks out on the construction site. Come July, Greg expects to have a staff of more than 100, consisting of trainers, aquatic staff, instructors, front desk, maintenance and housekeeping folks ready to roll.

“It’s a great opportunity to watch this grow from the ground up,” says Greg. “Everything will be state-of-the art, and our seasoned fitness team will be ready to meet the unique needs of our members.”

Greg had no trouble signing up his first new member for HealthSpring Fitness. NorthBay’s CEO was the first in line and he has encouraged NorthBay employees to join as well. “We see the inherent value of a healthy team, and to a greater extent, a healthy community,” says Gary.

Charter members will receive a HealthSpring Fitness T-shirt and a special gift if they sign up prior to the grand opening in July. In addition, charter members will be invited to provide input to help determine what kinds of classes will be offered when the gym opens.

To learn more, visit and enter your information on the left tab, under “Become a Charter Member,” or stop by the sales office in the VacaValley Health Plaza, Suite, 180. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends; or call (707) 301-4060.

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