NorthBay Healthcare announced today that it has become the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a growing network of health care providers committed to serving patients and their families through collaboration. NorthBay Healthcare, the leader in Solano County in providing advanced medicine to residents, operates two full-service acute-care hospitals, a Level 2 trauma center, a heart and vascular center, a neonatal intensive care unit, a center for neuroscience, the NorthBay Cancer Center and the Center for Women’s Health. This summer, it will open HealthSpring, a medically integrated health and fitness center in Vacaville. NorthBay is Mayo Clinic Care Network, the first health care organization in Northern California to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network.
The agreement will give the Fairfield/Vacaville medical facility access to collaborate with Mayo Clinic physicians and help provide answers to patients with complex medical questions, without the extensive travel to Mayo. The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. Gary J. Passama, NorthBay’s president and CEO, says, “Long admiring Mayo Clinic from afar, it struck me how much we share a vision of why we exist and how we do what we do. We want our friends, families and neighbors in Solano County to live longer, happier, healthier lives through access to the highest level of knowledge and expertise. Collaborating with others to provide the best care possible for patients is part of Mayo Clinic’s culture and part of ours.”
Since inception in 1954 when community leaders began raising money for a local nonprofit hospital, which was first Intercommunity Memorial Hospital then NorthBay Medical Center, NorthBay Medical Group has grown to over 100 providers in primary and specialty care in Fairfield and Vacaville. A rigorous evaluation was required of NorthBay Healthcare before joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Members remain independent, but share Mayo’s commitment to improve the quality and delivery of health care. Launched in 2011, the Mayo Clinic Care Network has more than 35 member organizations in the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico and Singapore.
NorthBay will work with Mayo Clinic Care Network specialists to access expertise, a reference database with the latest information on medical conditions, complex cancer cases and other items, through an electronic network called eConsults. “We are pleased to welcome NorthBay to the Mayo Clinic Care Network,” says Keith Cannon, M.D., medical director, Southwest Region, Mayo Clinic Care Network. “Over the past year, we’ve taken time to get well-acquainted, and NorthBay’s commitment to meeting patients’ needs and serving the community resonates with Mayo’s deeply held values. We look forward to working together.”