Ben Huber accepting accolades

Veterans Saluted for their Service

With flags representing every branch of the U.S. military on display, and Old Glory front and center, scores of NorthBay Healthcare veterans turned out Nov. 9 for two special events designed to thank them for their service.

In the NorthBay Medical Center Welcome Pavilion, NorthBay Healthcare Group President Aimee Brewer welcomed the crowd, as well as Col. Kristen Beals, M.D., commander of the 60th Medical Group, David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, noting that the base was celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Vice President of Ambulatory Services Wayne Gietz thanked all veterans for their service, and then unveiled NorthBay Healthcare’s Wellspring magazine, which puts a spotlight on NorthBay’s many veterans.

Surgeon William Fulton, D.O, talked about the amazing experiences he had while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom, learning techniques to stop life-threatening hemorrhage with pelvic fractures. The experience, he said, well prepared him for his role as a trauma and acute care surgeon today.

In Vacaville, a similar program featured oncologist and hematologist Jessica Powers, M.D., who discussed her decision to go through the military to earn her medical degree.

Orthopedic Surgeon Lt. Col. Kenneth “Bones” Bode, commander of the 60th Surgical Operations Squadron at Travis, discussed the value of training affiliation agreements between David Grant Medical Center and NorthBay Healthcare.

“We may be from different walks of life and even different branches of the military, but we all share some fundamental qualities, like integrity, selflessness, loyalty and determination,” he told the gathering.