Celebrating First Year With OLE Health

Olinda Plancarte, a registered nurse at OLE Health, sees examples every day of the positive impact of the care being offered at the organization’s center on the campus of NorthBay Medical Center, including a 57-year-old man who had not seen a doctor in 15 years.

“This gentleman went to NorthBay’s ER with lower extremity swelling,” said Olinda. “His care there led to a diagnosis, among other things, of right-side heart failure, uncontrolled hypertension and Type 2 diabetes. He is now an established OLE Heath patient with a great relationship with our providers. He also is being seen by the wonderful staff of NorthBay Home Health. This partnership has made a significant impact on this patient. We change people’s lives.”

Her comments came during a celebration of the one-year anniversary on Nov. 6 of the center’s opening. Located in NorthBay Health Plaza, the center continues to surpass all expectations, expanding services and serving thousands of Fairfield residents who in the past struggled to find affordable, convenient health care.

The partnership between OLE Health and NorthBay Healthcare has proved successful because it gives more local residents access to seamless, comprehensive health services, said Alicia Hardy, CEO at OLE Health. NorthBay provides the facility, while OLE provides the medical staff.

“This is a perfect union of two patient-focused, quality-based health care providers,” said Wayne Gietz, vice president of Ambulatory Services for NorthBay. “In a very short period of time, OLE Health has reached out to those who need a medical ‘home’ and promptly delivered high-quality care sorely needed by an underserved population.”

”We knew there was a need when we expanded to this second location, but the patient volume exceeded our expectations by about 30 percent,” Alicia said. Patient visits for the site were projected to be 1,870 for the year; the actual number of patient visits totaled 2,675.

OLE Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center caring for a vulnerable segment of the community, including the uninsured, Medi-Cal families, and seniors. It is one of the few providers in this region to continually accept MediCal and Denti-Cal patients.

In the heart of the city, in medical offices provided by NorthBay Healthcare, OLE’s clinic operates near neighborhoods where many of its clients reside. The 2,000-square-foot center is located at 1101 B. Gale Wilson Blvd., Suite 101- C.