Growth, Progress, Focus on Wellness

New state-of-the-art facilities, a focus on wellness, new faces, even more advanced medicine and a collaboration with world-renowned Mayo Clinic. That was 2016.

In a continuing whirlwind of growth and progress, NorthBay Healthcare broadened its competence and leadership in Solano County.

NorthBay Healthcare became the first health system in Northern California to join the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network.

NorthBay Healthcare and Mayo clinic joining together

After 29 years in Fairfield, NorthBay Cancer Center moved into the new, $58 million VacaValley Wellness Center on the VacaValley Hospital campus. The new three-story building in Vacaville is also home to NorthBay Diabetes & Endocrinology, Integrative Medicine, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Solano Diagnostics Imaging.

Occupying half of the Wellness Center is NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness, which opened in July. The 56,000-square-foot facility is the first medical fitness center in Solano County. It features three swimming pools, an indoor track, group exercise rooms, strength training and cardio equipment, a cycling room, classrooms and much more.

Meanwhile in Fairfield, a major modernization project to make NorthBay Medical Center a hospital of the future kicked off with the opening of the Welcome Pavilion. It coincided with the groundbreaking ceremony for a three-story wing that will expand emergency services and replace existing surgical suites, the hospital cafeteria, Nutrition Services, and the current hospital lobby.

Passama posing with succsessors Konard Jones and Aimee Brewer

In 2016 a changing of the guard began as President and CEO Gary Passama announced his 2017 retirement following 35 years leading the organization. His departure marks the end of an era that saw him spend half of his lifetime making the community a better, healthier place.

When his day-to-day involvement ends on March 31, 2017, Konard Jones, president of the Hospital Division of NorthBay Healthcare Group, will take the helm. At the same time, Aimee Brewer, president of the Ambulatory Division of NorthBay Healthcare Group, will assume responsibility for the hospital division as well, becoming president of NorthBay Healthcare Group.

Outside shot of the new NorthBay Welcome Pavilion