New Execs Make It Easier /Faster for Patients to Receive Care

Three new leaders have joined the NorthBay Healthcare executive team, pledging to focus on patient access, technology and care, as they flex their diverse skills to help the nonprofit community-based system flourish in the years to come.

A reorganization of the management structure came on the heels of the decision by Healthcare Group President Deborah Sugiyama to retire in May, culminating a 29-year career at NorthBay.

The move brings a familiar face back into the NorthBay fold. Konard Jones, who served NorthBay as the vice president of Human Resources from 1996 to 2004, will take the reins in May as president of NorthBay’s Hospital Division, overseeing both NorthBay Medical Center and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital.

At the same time, Aimee Brewer, who joined NorthBay last summer, will become president of the Ambulatory Division of NorthBay Healthcare Group. She will be responsible for the Center for Primary Care, all specialty practices, NorthBay Cancer Center, the orthopedic service line, occupational medicine and home health and hospice services.

Joining them on the executive team is Christopher Timbers, who replaced Vice President and Chief Information Officer Paul Alcala Jan. 1, to lead the organization’s computer technology division.

Konard Jones has degrees in business management and secondary education (psychology) from Grambling State University in Grambling, La. He began his career in human resources management positions in major military defense industry companies in Southern California.

Since leaving NorthBay Healthcare in 2004, Jones made a career transition to general management. From 2004 to 2011 he served as president and CEO of Broadline Medical Inc., a privately owned medical products manufacturer and distributor.

In 2011, he became vice president, Professional and Support Services and Human Resources, at UC San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland.

Aimee Brewer, currently serving as vice president of Ambulatory Services, already has expanded service at two of NorthBay’s Center for Primary Care facilities to seven days a week and extended hours to 8 p.m. daily. She has also instituted a new call center to improve the patient experience.

Brewer began her career at Children’s Hospital in Boston, then advanced to managing the Cancer Center for Concord Hospital in New Hampshire. She most recently was director of operations for the Mountain Division of HCA Physician Services in Salt Lake City, Utah. The job spanned multiple states with 50 primary care and specialty care practices and included 280 doctors and more than 480 employees.

She has a master’s degree in public health from the University of New Hapmshire in Durham and dual undergraduate degrees in biology and society and health from Simmon’s College in Boston.

Christopher Timbers most recently served as vice president and chief information officer for the community hospital division of the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital System in Maryland, which has the only electronic statewide health information exchange in the country.

Timbers has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Polytechnic State University, and has held the positions of director of strategic projects for Catholic Healthcare West and director of Information Systems for Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center.

He worked for Perot Systems for seven years, and led the team responsible for system implementations at the Daughters of Charity Health System and Catholic Healthcare West.

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