It’s All About Teamwork & Timing

Saving lives is a complicated proposition

It’s not just about state-of-the-art facilities and medical expertise, although those are essential. It’s also about teamwork and timing. In this issue of Wellspring, we bring you a number of stories that showcase both.

Take the case of Rashad Craft, who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But once he was delivered to NorthBay Medical Center’s Emergency Room, he was in the right place to benefit from teamwork and a precision performance by NorthBay’s trauma team.

Precision also came into play when Sarah Ruffins went into premature labor with twins. She had three teams assigned to the delivery—one for her, and one for each baby, who are doing quite well now despite their austere beginning.

And when Betty Wasserman’s abdominal aortic aneurysm ruptured, she couldn’t have had a better team at her disposal. That team spanned both VacaValley Hospital and NorthBay Medical Center, and included a standout performance by her husband of 67 years, Morry, who made the right call just in time.

The patients and their cases are all vastly different, but they are woven together by a common thread:a caring group of physicians and medical experts in our community came together, performing with precision at the speed of life, to make all the difference. You’ll meet some of these physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, medical technicians and more who know that minutes matter and are ready to respond at a moment’s notice.

NorthBay Earns Verification

NorthBay Medical Center’s Level III Trauma Center received verification in December from the American College of Surgeons, a scientific and educational association of surgeons founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education. Verification is a voluntary process for hospitals, but one that is required for trauma centers operating in Solano County.

Verification recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. Hospitals are required to provide not only the resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients, from first responders in the field through the patient’s rehabilitation process.

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