Specialists Abound for Easy Access

NorthBay Healthcare offers a rich slate of specialty care physicians with offices in Fairfield, Vacaville and Napa. In addition to those highlighted throughout this magazine, you’ll also find:

NorthBay Cancer Center

A team of physicians whose specialties include oncology, hematology and radiology, all located in the NorthBay Cancer Center in Vacaville. The same location offers radiation therapy on the first floor, infusion services on the third floor, and an in-house pharmacy that delivers precise medications for infusions. An oncoplastic surgeon offers breast reconstruction. In addition, a genetic counselor uses cutting-edge technology to offer genetic risk evaluations to patients who might warrant genetic testing.

NorthBay Cancer Center was established in 1987 on the same campus as NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield, but moved to the state-of-the-art facility in the VacaValley Wellness Center in 2014. The location at 1020 Nut Tree Road is a one-stop shop for Cancer Center patients. Chemotherapy and biotherapy treatments are administered using the highest level of care by staff of oncology-certified nurses and other clinical staff. Radiation therapy — with the center’s Varian TruBeam linear accelerator — kills or shrinks cancer cells using an advanced image-guided radiation therapy system, while avoiding healthy tissues and organs. It is particularly useful for complex cancers of the lung, breast, head, neck, prostate and brain.

In addition to the linear accelerator, the Cancer Center has an array of advanced imaging, through Solano Diagnostics Imaging, which is also located in the Wellness Center. They include digital mammography, MRI, ultrasound, 3D mammography, MRI-guided breast biopsy, CT, PET scans and X-ray services.

Nurse navigators guide and support patients and their families through the diagnosis, treatment and recovery process, as they are able to answer questions, organize test results and expedite appointments.

Trauma and Emergency Services

No one plans for disaster to happen, but it’s good to know a full team of emergency medicine experts are available 24/7/365 at both NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital in Vacaville.

NorthBay Medical Center was verified as a Level II trauma center in 2014 and again in 2017, by the American College Board of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. NorthBay Medical Center’s verification as an accredited Chest Pain Center, Certified Stroke Center and Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) may also help explain why so many seriously ill or injured patients are transported to NorthBay facilities. NorthBay VacaValley Hospital is also a Certified Stroke Center and EDAP. Both facilities have helipads and receive and transport critically ill and injured patients.

Trauma and Emergency Services

Pulmonary Medicine

Pulmonologists at NorthBay Healthcare specialize in treating patients with lung conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, shortness of breath, chronic cough, and pulmonary hypertension. A sleep specialist helps patients suffering from sleep apnea or conditions such as insomnia, sleepwalking and restless leg syndrome. NorthBay pulmonologists provide patient care and pulmonary function testing in both Fairfield and Vacaville locations.

Rheumatology

Patients with complex arthritis, joint pain, and issues affecting muscles and connective tissues such as gout, fibromyalgia, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis need special treatment and care to maintain a quality of life. Many patients have various forms of arthritis, from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis to psoriatic arthritis. Other conditions treated include lupus, gout and ankylosing spondylitis.

Infusion Services

Infusion treatments are available for neurology, gastroenterology, obstetrics/ gynecology and rheumatology patients, for cancer patients who may need intravenous medications and blood or blood products, for patients who may need non-chemotherapy IV drugs to treat dehydration, nausea/vomiting and infections.

General Surgery

NorthBay’s general surgeons offer procedures such as hernia repairs, gallbladder removal, colon cancer surgery, and hemorrhoid removal. Surgical procedures occur at NorthBay Medical Center, NorthBay VacaValley Hospital and The Surgery Center at NorthBay VacaValley. Robotic surgeries are performed at NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield, using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.

Anti-Coagulation Services

A drive-through anticoagulation service was created in March in response to social distancing requirements. It operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the VacaValley Center for Wellness in Vacaville. Participants in the clinic meet at least once every four weeks with a specially trained clinical pharmacist who evaluates the medication dosage and appropriately adjusts the level if necessary. Dosage adjustments are made right away, minimizing the possibility of complications and side effects. Admission requires a physician referral, so ask your provider.

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) is an advanced form of hands-on care that focuses on treating the whole person, rather than the symptoms, with a goal of helping the body to heal itself. NorthBay’s osteopathic physicians have received specialized training in nerves, muscles and bones to diagnose, treat and prevent illness and injury through this form of care. OMM can benefit issues including asthma, pneumonia, carpal tunnel syndrome, menstrual pain; migraines and headaches; sinus disorders, myofascial imbalance; neck and shoulder pain, foot pain and knee pain.

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Infectious Disease

NorthBay Healthcare’s infectious disease expert has been in high demand since the outbreak of COVID-19 in February 2020, and has spoken to service clubs, business organizations and other community groups sharing his vast knowledge of infectious disease control. He oversees a team of Infection Prevention specialists who work in NorthBay Healthcare’s two hospitals to prevent transmission of COVID-19, as well as other viruses, including all current strains of influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. He also focuses on non-healing wounds, and skin-tissue and bone infections.

Infectious Disease

Heart and Vascular

A team of physicians, surgeons, advanced health practitioners and technicians offer comprehensive cardiothoracic surgery, open heart surgery, vascular surgery and cardiology care around the clock, including minimally invasive interventional procedures. The team treats a full spectrum of heart conditions using some of the most advanced surgical techniques.

Vascular surgeons also provide in-office care for varicose veins and peripheral artery disease. For those living with heart failure, NorthBay’s Heart Health Program provides guidance, education and expert care, including outpatient cardiac rehabilitation.

Some of the procedures performed by the Heart & Vascular team include:

  • TAVR: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. It’s a minimally invasive procedure, with the physician inserting a catheter into a leg or chest, and guiding it to the heart to replace a narrowed aortic valve that fails to open properly.
  • FEVAR: Fenestrated Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that allows vascular surgeons to repair complex aortic aneurysms while still preserving blood flow to the critical branch arteries, which feed to kidneys and other organs.
  • CardioMEMS HF: A wireless heart failure remote monitor that has been proven to significantly reduce heart failure hospitalizations and improve quality of life is implanted in patients, and allows the care team to monitor their pulmonary artery pressure at regular intervals. The team can intervene and make medication adjustments or other treatment changes to offset heart failure.
  • PCI: Percutaneous Coronary Intervention is a nonsurgical procedure used to treat a narrowing of the coronary artery of the heart. First the vessel is opened with a balloon catheter and then a stent is placed to keep it open.

Urology

No one likes to talk about problems with their urologic system, but there is no reason to suffer in silence, say NorthBay Healthcare urologists.

NorthBay Healthcare schedules regular office hours and some procedures in Vacaville, Fairfield and Napa, as well as some procedures and surgeries at NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield.

NorthBay Urology has been designated a Center of Excellence for innovative UroLift procedures and the treatment of enlarged prostrate or BPH.

Pain Management

The care team for NorthBay Pain Management focuses on everything from back and neck pain to runner’s knee, headaches, chest wall pain and more. The team’s hallmark is interdisciplinary care, which includes collaborating with nutritionists, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) and physical therapy.

Wound Care

A team of specialists at NorthBay Wound Care, on the first floor of the VacaValley Health Plaza in Vacaville, offers a variety of treatments and therapies. Patients with non-healing wounds can be treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, compression therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, ostomy care and wound debridement.

NorthBay Wound Care is the only civilian location in Solano County to offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. HBOT patients lie in a glass cylinder and breathe 100 percent oxygen, which helps all body tissues — even those in areas with reduced or blocked blood flow — to stimulate new growth and increase circulation, which reduces the risk of amputation and increases the healing of wounds.

Occupational Health

NorthBay Occupational Health provides cost-effective and comprehensive occupational health care to businesses and industries in Solano County.

With almost 30 years’ experience, NorthBay Occupational Health is the longest-serving provider of occupational medicine in upper Solano County. Offices are open weekdays with accommodations for injury care walk-in treatment as well as scheduled appointments.

NorthBay Occupational Health clients have instant access to the information they need, and can see real-time results of office visits, work restrictions, next step for the employee, number of visits missed and more through iSystoc.

Occupational Health

Rehabilitation Services

A highly skilled team of physical, occupational and speech therapists provide expert care both before and after surgery. Services cover inpatient and outpatient care, neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, geriatrics, intensive care, coronary care, orthopedics and sports medicine.

Physical Therapy: In order to restore general mobility, strength and function to impaired portions of the body, physical therapists focus on rehab through exercises designed to reduce pain and swelling, facilitate strength and condition and teach optimal movement.

Occupational Therapy: Geared to help patients regain the ability to perform everyday tasks in their workplace and at home after accidents or illnesses interfere with mobility, these experts in fine motor skills integrate body and brain.

Hand Therapy: Merges occupational and physical therapy to treat conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities. Certified hand therapists help restore function in patient’s hands and arms.

Lymphedema Therapy: Lymphedema is a common side effect of some cancer treatments, including surgery or radiation therapy. The resulting blockage prevents fluid from draining sufficiently, causing it to collect in the fatty tissue under the skin, most often in the arms and/or legs. Certified lymphedema therapists use decongestive techniques as part of physical therapy services to help manage symptoms including reduced swelling and restoring motion.

Speech Therapy: Designed for patients with progressive disorders and conditions that affect communication, cognitive and speech skills, as well as issues with swallowing and voice. Therapists see patients in both hospitals and outpatient clinics.

Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab: Designed to help patients strengthen their heart and lungs after heart attacks or heart surgery, it can also help those with chronic lung or heart disease increase stamina and breathe easier.

Pelvic Floor Rehab: This program features physical therapists who provide women of all ages with tools to regain strength and function of the muscles that support the bladder, urethra and other organs within the pelvis. Some of the conditions treated include: bladder and/or bowel incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain and symptoms resulting from pregnancy or postpartum.

Chronic Pain Management: Rehabilitation specialists can help patients understand the stress and anxiety of chronic pain and help set realistic goals to allow a more active lifestyle.

For a complete and up-to-date list, check NorthBay.org.

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