Wellness Center Debuts

Amid plenty of fanfare, speeches, balloons and VIP tours, the new $58 million VacaValley Wellness Center opened in Vacaville on August 26.

A tent in the parking lot in front of the entrance to the new NorthBay Cancer Center and other medical offices was celebration headquarters. Several hundred local civic and business leaders, state and local lawmakers, physicians, medical staff, board members and a number of cancer survivors gathered to make it official.

“This is a long-awaited day for all of us at NorthBay Healthcare, for the city of Vacaville, and surely for many of our patients, physicians, nurses, support staff, managers and our Boards of Directors,” said President and CEO Gary Passama. “Today we celebrate a unique collection of advanced medical services and preventive care programs designed to not just heal you in poor health, but to maintain and manage you in good health.”

As the doors to the Wellness Center opened, guests were greeted by more than two dozen NorthBay employees who had volunteered to serve as tour guides. At each stop, guests were greeted by either physicians or department representatives.

Speakers during the dedication included Congressman John Garamendi and Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine, who praised NorthBay Healthcare for its forward thinking.

“I particularly like the idea of a wellness center,” Rep. Garamendi told the crowd. “I know from all the experiences I've had in my life, if you're going to have a good life, you have to be healthy.”

Mayor Augustine said he was personally aware of NorthBay's strong commitment to diagnostic imaging and cancer treatment, choking up bit as he reflected on its importance to his own family.

“Vacaville has been known as a city of peace, and now your new center is adding the care that will also make our city the ‘City of Hope.’ Coupled with your affiliation with the Mayo Clinic Care Network, the NorthBay Cancer Center represents the very best in cancer treatment.”