Prepping for Trauma

NorthBay Debuts New Service

Twenty years ago, NorthBay Medical Center was the defacto trauma center for Northern Solano County. Back then, physicians were required to handle emergency calls 24/7, in addition to their regular practices. It just went with the territory.


Life in the Emergency Department

It’s 6:45 p.m. on a warm Fairfield evening… The retractable doors to the ambulance bay slide open and an unresponsive “Code 3” patient is rushed into the NorthBay Medical Center Emergency Department. Within seconds, the patient—a heavy-set man in his 60s—is surrounded by a team of caregivers working feverishly to save his life. Paramedics inform…
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Care in the Air

CALSTAR Flight Nurse Ernie Acebo is part of the team trained to handle all medical emergencies. Helicoptor Flight Crews Handle All Circumstances Five minutes. From the warning bell in crew’s quarters to lift-off from the tarmac, that’s all the CALSTAR flight crew has. Even if they have been jarred from a deep sleep, the pilot…
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Morgan’s Gift

Donor’s Mantra: Save Lives! Daman Mott, director of Emergency Department/Trauma Services, poses with the Gallegos family (left to right) Tim, Margot, Austin and Michaela in the trauma bay now dedicated to Morgan’s memory. It was the last day of their vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and Morgan Gallegos couldn’t wait to get on the water….
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Return to Tranquility

Marriage of Cardiac and Vascular Solutions Help Monk Dr. Seph Naficy shares a light moment with Khamphanh Nettavong during a followup appointment after his surgery. Spread over 5 acres amid a stretch of fertile farmland just outside the Central Valley city of Ceres is the Wat Lo Buddhist temple and monastery. There’s no place in…
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Patient Beats the Odds

That Richard Kean is alive is nothing short of a miracle. So says his wife, Laura, one of his doctors and a host of medical workers who responded after his wife dialed 9-1-1 on June 21, 2011. The couple was at home that morning and Richard was sipping coffee on the porch when he came…
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