A Year of Transitions

Next CEO Selected

Konard Jones

In late September, NorthBay Healthcare President and CEO Gary Passama made the long-anticipated announcement of who would succeed him after his 35 years at the helm. Greeted with cheers, tears and high-fives, Konard Jones, president of the hospital division, accepted the offer from the Board of Directors.

He assumes the role of president and CEO on April 1, 2017.

Jones returned to NorthBay Healthcare in February 2015 to manage the day-to-day operations of NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital in Vacaville.

Previously, he served as NorthBay Healthcare's vice president of human resources from 1995 to 2004. He then became president and CEO of Broadline Medical Inc., but returned to hospital operations in 2011 serving as vice president, professional and support services, at UC San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland.

Passama noted, “We have worked hard for decades to provide a different type of health care, not assembly-line, corporate-style patient treatment. And Konard has understood and espoused that principle from his first day here.”

Jones knows he is following a legend.

“I'm honored the Board of Directors selected me to take the baton from ‘Mr. NorthBay,’ Gary Passama,” he said. “I won't attempt to fill his shoes, but instead make new footprints in the sands of this great institution. It will be a privilege to work with the highly committed physicians, management team, staff and volunteers.”

Jones and his wife, Denise, live in Fairfield. He is active in community affairs, serving as a board member of the Solano Affordable Housing Foundation, an honorary commander at Travis Air Force Base, a board member of the Solano Coalition for Better Health and a community advisory committee member for Touro University. He is a graduate of Grambling State University.

New Health Group President

Aimee Brewer

As a new CEO was being named, Aimee Brewer, president of the ambulatory division, was selected to become president of NorthBay Healthcare Group. Her duties will expand as she adds leadership responsibility of the two hospitals as well as The Surgery Center at NorthBay VacaValley.

Brewer joined NorthBay Healthcare in August 2014 with the charge of growing the array and the sophistication of services outside the hospital.

With the vision of access to excellent care for patients and a partner in health and wellness to the community, she has led initiatives resulting in significant improvements for NorthBay in both quality and patient experience.

“Expanding Aimee's role was an easy decision,” said Archie Humphrey, chairman of the board of directors of NorthBay Healthcare Group, the division that oversees all medical services within the system. “She quickly acclimated to the nonprofit, community-oriented philosophy that is ingrained here. She promptly took to building relationships and partnerships, enhancing and expanding services across the organization.”

Brewer came to NorthBay Healthcare from HCA Physician Services, where she was director of operations for MountainStar Healthcare, serving Utah, Idaho, Alaska and Nevada. Prior to joining HCA, she was administrator for the Payson Center for Cancer Care. In addition, she was a practice manager and researcher for Children's Hospital of Boston. She has a bachelor's degree from Simmons College in Boston and a master's degree in public health from the University of New Hampshire. She is an honorary commander at Travis Air Force Base.

New VP Ambulatory Division

Wayne Gietz

Wayne Gietz was named vice president of the Ambulatory Division in 2016.

Before joining NorthBay Healthcare in May as executive director of primary services, Gietz held senior leadership positions at NYC Health and Hospitals Corp., and Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn.

“Wayne is a visionary leader and an expert in ambulatory/outpatient operations,” said Aimee Brewer, president of the Ambulatory Division. “He is passionate about providing the highest quality of care to our patients, and he is dedicated to our staff, physicians and community.”

He earned his bachelor's degree in healthcare administration and a master's in organizational leadership from Bellevue University in Nebraska. He is also a green belt in Lean management.

ER Physician is CMO

Seth Kaufman

After an exhaustive three-year search for a new Chief Medical Officer for NorthBay Healthcare, Dr. Seth Kaufman, M.D., was selected to fill that key role.

A familiar face, Dr. Kaufman has been affiliated with NorthBay since 2005, most notably in the Emergency Department as a staff physician.

He represented NorthBay Healthcare on the Solano Emergency Medical Services Cooperative Board of Directors, an agency that oversees the county trauma system and EMS response network.

Dr. Kaufman earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Noted Neurosurgeon on Board

Edie Zusman

Edie Zusman, M.D., joined NorthBay Healthcare as the new chief of neurosurgery.

She comes from Sacramento, where she was chief of neurosurgery at Sutter Medical Center the past five years.

Dr. Zusman received her medical degree in the Honors Medical Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, followed by residency training in neurological surgery at UC Davis Medical Center. She received fellowship training in epilepsy surgery, brain tumor surgery and molecular medicine research at the University of California, San Francisco.

Board-certified in neurosurgery, Dr. Zusman treats patients with brain tumors, epilepsy, cerebrovascular diseases, and spinal disorders. She is recognized nationally for her neurosurgical expertise and leadership in health systems.

Magnet Nurse's Legacy

Chris Stevenson

One of the architects of the Magnet nursing program at NorthBay Healthcare, Chris Stevenson, R.N., retired in 2016, ending a 37-year nursing career, all at NorthBay.

When she started in 1979, nurses all wore “nursing whites.” In nursing school, Chris had to wear her starched white cap anchored to her head.

The biggest change, she notes, has been in NorthBay's willingness to take on more complex procedures and specialties, pointing to the additions of the centers for Heart & Vascular, Trauma and Neuroscience.

“Our status as Magnet hospitals for nursing excellence has drawn the professional interest of nurses and other clinicians from across the country,” she said proudly. In 2008, under the direction of then chief nursing officer Kathy Richerson, NorthBay's journey to Magnet began.

As program director, she added, “Magnet became my life, as we created a shared governance process, established nursing research and evidence-based practice fellowships, and developed a professional practice model.”