Honoring Flu Fighters

NorthBay Healthcare was among seven organizations honored by the Solano County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, April 27, for partnering in efforts to combat the spread of the H1N1 flu virus.

NorthBay was recognized for its role in sponsoring nine flu vaccine clinics that were free and open to the public. Between October and the end of December 2009, NorthBay vaccinated nearly 6,000 members of the public and our patients with the H1N1 vaccine.

“We’re honored to work with the county and other partners,” said Daman Mott, director of Clinical Support Services and Infection Control. “The joint effort helped with supplies and getting the word out to a wider audience, increasing our ability to get the public vaccinated.”

In addition to NorthBay, other organizations recognized were Touro University, Solano Community College, the Church of Christ in Vacaville, First Baptist Church in Benicia, the Sikh Temple in Fairfield and West Wind Church in Suisun City.

Accepting the award at the supervisors’ meeting were Mott and Margy Walbolt, vice president, Administrative Services for NorthBay Healthcare.

“It’s great to get the recognition for a job well done, but this was really a partnership,” said Mott. “Positive things can come when the government and the private sector work together.”

Dr. Ronald Chapman, Solano County public health officer, told the audience he believes that the worst of the public health threat has passed.

“There’s a belief that enough immunity is out there that we won’t see a third wave in this pandemic,” he told the board. “It’s been a great vaccine campaign.”

Dr. Michael Stacey, of Solano Public Health; NorthBay Healthcare’s Director of Clinical Support Services and Infection Control Daman Mott; NorthBay’s Vice President, Administrative Services, Margy Walbolt; and Solano County Health Services Manager Ted Selby show off a plaque honoring NorthBay’s partnership with the county in fighting off the H1N1 pandemic.

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