2017 ANNUAL REPORT
New Ways to Choose NorthBay
NorthBay Healthcare's ability to care for more of Solano County's residents was extended in 2017 with two major developments.
A new health insurance alliance called Canopy Health gives thousands of local residents access to NorthBay physicians and programs in Vacaville as well as NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield.
In addition, NorthBay Healthcare services were again made available to thousands of public employees in Solano County.
Western Health Advantage, a health plan partly owned by NorthBay Healthcare, was accepted by the California Public Employees' Retirement System to offer health coverage to CalPERS members.
“We're thrilled Western Health Advantage, which already serves thousands in Solano County, is again available to employees in our community who receive health care coverage through CalPERS,” said B. Konard Jones, president and CEO of NorthBay Healthcare.
“Our public employees are the backbone of our local workforce and economy,” Jones said. “They deserve an affordable alternative and the ability to use our network of local physicians and our two local hospitals close to home.”
Those who now have an opportunity to select WHA include CalPERS members who are employed by the cities of Vacaville, Fairfield, Suisun City, Vallejo, Dixon, Rio Vista, as well as Solano County and the two state prisons in Vacaville.
WHA previously served CalPERS members in Solano County for six years until 2008 and will now resume the relationship with an expanded service area, adding Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties for the first time.
It was a contract between Western Health Advantage and Canopy Health, a new partnership started by UCSF and John Muir Health that gives Bay Area employees an opportunity to receive affordable, high-quality healthcare locally.
WHA's contract with Canopy Health extends the WHA network of hospitals and physicians across the Bay Area and gives WHA members access to some of the finest medical facilities in California, including UCSF, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and NorthBay's two hospitals and physicians.
Overall, WHA members will be able to access more than 4,000 participating physicians and 13 hospitals and numerous urgent care centers located across seven Bay Area counties (Solano, Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa and San Mateo).
WHA is a not-for-profit HMO founded 20 years ago by NorthBay Healthcare and Dignity Health as a local alternative to the large national plans. With more than 135,000 members, WHA attributes its success to its affordable rates and personal, hands-on approach with members.