Roger Merrill

Outpouring of Generosity

As the COVID-19 pandemic grew, the community poured out its appreciation for health care workers in the form of meals and gifts of facemasks, face shields, surgical gowns, gloves and more.

The first meals began showing up at NorthBay in March with pizza deliveries to emergency room and ICU teams. By April, the Green Valley Homeowners Association organized a fundraiser that brought in thousands of dollars -- money used to provide a series of meals for frontline workers.

Trucks rolled in, serving Hawaiian shaved ice, ice cream and pizza.

There were multiple donations of personal protective equipment. One of the largest was two pallets of gear donated by Harbor Freight.

Other donations were aimed at lifting the spirits of frontline staff. In May, for example, a thankful nursery gifted some 2,900 orchids that were distributed to all employees.

Yard signs, sponsored by a local service organization, popped up across the region and later in front of both hospitals, saying “Thank You, Health Care Heroes.”

The U.S. Air Force also paid tribute, as the 9th Reconnaissance Wing located at Beale Air Force Base recognized NorthBay and other regional medical facilities with a flyover with T-38A’s.

And car parades led by a classic car club in Vacaville, circled both NorthBay Medical Center and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital, while drivers tooted in appreciation and passengers waved signs.

All donations were coordinated by the NorthBay Heathcare Foundation. “We’re very blessed to have such generous and compassionate neighbors and donors who really appreciate the work we’re doing to keep our community healthy,” said Susan Cianci, Foundation program coordinator.