People in the News

Saying goodbye to a legendary board member, welcoming new faces, recognizing greatness and continuing NorthBay Healthcare’s long tradition of community services made headlines in 2018.

Longtime Chairman Says Farewell

G. Ben Huber’s three decades of visionary stewardship of NorthBay Healthcare and other civic organizations came to a close in February after he tendered his resignation from the Board of Directors and received myriad accolades.

Relocating with his wife, Margaret, to Idaho to be closer to family in full-time retirement, Huber was feted at a host of civic celebrations.

Feb. 6 was declared Ben Huber Day in Fairfield by Mayor Harry Price, while the Solano County Board of Supervisors that same day issued a proclamation citing him for his longtime public contributions.

Mr. Huber first arrived in Solano County in 1965 when he and a colleague established Explosive Technology, a successful and respected firm manufacturing pyrotechnic devices for the military and aerospace industry. That same year he joined the Chamber of Commerce and served on its board of directors for many years.

He served the Fairfield community as a member of the City Council for many years. In 2016 the Chamber of Commerce named him Citizen of the Year.

He was recognized Dec. 13, 2017, with NorthBay Healthcare Foundation’s “Spirit of Philanthropy” award.

He joined the NorthBay Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors in 1987. During the next 30 years, he served as director, vice chair and chairman of various NorthBay Healthcare boards, and during the course of his leadership oversaw development of NorthBay’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, NorthBay Cancer Center, NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement programs, as well as its stroke, heart and vascular and trauma programs.

Civic Leader Takes on Another Challenge

Longtime local resident and NorthBay Healthcare Foundation Board member Chris Sweeney joined the system’s Board of Directors in November.

Sweeney is immediate past chair and a continuing board member of NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, having served as a civic leader of the fund development group for many years.

He is active in the community, also serving the last five years on the CASA Board of Directors and filling the role of chair. CASA is a nonprofit organization that advocates for foster children and other at-risk children in the Solano County court system.

He and his wife, Jocelyne, have lived in Solano County for more than 30 years and raised their three sons here. He has maintained his law practice in Solano and Napa counties since 1989 and is an active member of the California Bar Association.

James Long Deemed ‘Best Doctor’

NorthBay Cancer Center Medical Director James Long, M.D., earned the title as Partnership HealthPlan of California’s 2018 Best Doctor — Southern Region.

Each year, Partnership HealthPlan of California asks its members to nominate a physician they feel embodies the true spirit of healthcare excellence. Patients commented on their physician’s ability to listen and provide information in a way that they understand.

“Dr. Long always explains everything extremely clearly in a mode tailored to the education and experience of each patient,” one nomination noted. “He is always available. He really cares. Dr. Long has literally saved my life several times.”

“I probably won’t get a greater honor during my life,” Dr. Long said in accepting the award. “This doesn’t happen in a vacuum. We’re surrounded by such good people, from our front desk staff to our medical assistants, nurse navigators, cancer nurses and specialty pharmacy.”

Dr. Zopfi Named Chief of Staff

Trauma Program Medical Director and longtime general surgeon J. Peter Zopfi, D.O., was elected in 2018 by the medical staff at NorthBay Healthcare to a two-year term as Chief of Staff on the Medical Executive Committee.

In addition to his chief of staff role, Dr. Zopfi was just elected to a three-year term on the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California Board of Directors.

Cardiac anesthesiologist Adam Tibble, M.D, was selected as the vice chief of staff and will also chair the Quality Improvement Committee.

William Fulton, D.O., who has served the past two years as chief of staff, will become the past chief of staff, and will chair the Credentials Committee.

James Bronk, M.D., department chair for Diagnostic Imaging, will again be the NorthBay Healthcare Medical Staff Representative to the Organized Medical Staff Section of the California Medical Association.

New HR VP Joins NorthBay Team

Jim Andersen in 2018 was chosen to serve as vice president of Human Resources.

He most recently served as senior director of Human Resources for Dignity Health’s North State Service Area in Redding.

At Dignity, Andersen oversaw a Human Resources staff responsible for teams at three acute care hospitals and 22 clinics, totaling more than 2,700 employees in all.

“What first attracted me during my panel interviews is the passion I felt from the leadership team — not only for patient care, but for doing right by the employees,” said Andersen.

He earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Western Governor’s University and a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Simpson University.

NorthBay Leaders Take Roles in Chambers

Continuing its commitment to community stewardship, NorthBay had two of its leaders elected to local chambers of commerce board positions in 2018.

Steve Davis, assistant vice president for managed care, took a seat on the Board of Directors of the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to joining NorthBay in 2016, Davis was involved in not-for-profits and business associations in Chicago’s western suburbs, at one time serving as chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Downers Grove Chamber of Commerce and as vice chair of Teen Parent Connection in Glen Ellyn.

Meanwhile, Diane Barney, director of public relations, was installed in June as the chair-elect of the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. She will become the chair of the board for the 2019-20 year.

She has served as a director on the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2015.