Finding True North: New Wing Takes Flight

NorthBay Medical Center opened its $200 million, cutting-edge, three-story North Wing and accepted its first patient on Oct. 1, marking a new era not only for the county’s only independent, community-based health system, but for the community as a whole.

Tours, demonstrations and a hands-on opportunity to experience the da Vinci Surgical System were all part of events to herald NorthBay’s Healthcare’s newest addition to the Fairfield hospital campus.

The 77,000-square-foot wing includes 22 patient rooms, eight high-tech surgical suites, a 16-bed post-anesthesia care unit, diagnostic imaging, a sparkling new kitchen and café and a new Central Sterile Department.

“The North Wing is our gift to the community and it perfectly illustrates NorthBay Healthcare’s dedication to offering advanced medicine right here for our community,” said B. Konard Jones, president and CEO.

“We’ve never been content to be just another community hospital. Instead, generations of NorthBay leaders vigorously pursued a path to clinical excellence, without sacrificing community service and compassionate care for every patient, every visit, every day,” he added.

The new wing is integral to a five-year modernization project which included expanding and modernizing the Emergency Department, as well as the Welcome Pavilion, which opened in November 2016.

The new wing hosts the 6,000-square foot state-of-the-art Shaw Family Kitchen and cafeteria with 60 seats inside and a patio area with 30 seats outdoors. It was named after the Al and Patt Shaw family which donated $5 million for the project.

Also located on the first floor is Central Sterile, which supports surgical services, and the Diagnostic Imaging Department which is equipped with state-of-the-art CT scanner, ultrasound, two radiology/fluoroscopy rooms and a gamma camera for nuclear medicine.

The second floor, with 22 patient rooms, has four nurses’ stations and a waiting area. All 2 North patient rooms are equipped with patient lifts and interactive television screens on which patients receive a welcome message when they are admitted. They can view short educational segments based on their medical conditions, watch television shows and movies, listen to the radio or play games. The additional beds will bring the total at NorthBay Medical Center to 154.

The third floor has eight surgical suites, including a hybrid operating room, a cardiovascular operating room, neuro and trauma operating rooms, as well as 16 post-anesthesia care beds.

Architect for the project was Ratcliff Architects of Emeryville. The general contractor was DPR Construction of Sacramento.