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Visitors check out the main lobby during a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating NorthBay Medical Center's new building at the Green Valley Health Plaza in Fairfield, Tuesday. Nine primary care physicians will be based at the new building. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)


NorthBay sets expansion plans at grand opening

By From page A1 | March 12, 2014

FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Healthcare will begin major construction projects at its two hospitals and invest nearly $200 million in the local economy before the end of the decade, president and CEO Gary Passama told local officials Tuesday.

Speaking at the grand opening for the Green Valley Health Plaza on Business Center Drive, he outlined projects that include modernization of the NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield and changes at the NorthBay VacaValley Hospital campus in Vacaville that will add a medical fitness center and other work.

“Our plans,” Passama said of NorthBay projects, “span the next 10 to 15 years.”

He said after speaking to officials, who included Fairfield Mayor Harry Price and Police Chief Walt Tibbet, that NorthBay will revitalize its medical center in Fairfield on B. Gale Wilson Boulevard.

“We were born there,” Passama said. “We are committed to the heart of Fairfield.”

When all work is completed, NorthBay could spend more than $400 million during the next decade or longer, the CEO said.

Groundbreaking for the first phase of the modernization could come late in 2015 when work begins on a new three-story wing at the medical center along B. Gale Wilson. The $140 million addition includes expanding the Emergency Department from 19 to 32 treatment bays and creating space to move 22 patient beds from the oldest part of the hospital.

The Business Center Drive property, marked by the grand opening, is next to the health care system’s administration and conference center that opened five years ago. Nine primary care physicians are on the second floor of the new building.

Changes to the hospital campus in Vacaville on Nut Tree Road, where construction will begin with a groundbreaking as soon as October, will be the most dramatic, according to NorthBay. A new diagnostic imaging center will be built along with the medical fitness center that will include pools, spas and an indoor running track. The staff will work with physicians and specialists at the site and provide specialized therapy equipment for patients.

Fairfield Mayor Price, who was at the grand opening where NorthBay announced its development plans, said, “This is another quantum leap.”

“This is a first-rate facility,” Price said.

Vice Mayor Rick Vaccaro, who also attended the event, said, “NorthBay has planned this out very well.”

“NorthBay has always served the citizens of Fairfield so well,” Vaccaro said.

Sean Quinn, city manager of Fairfield, noted the growing cluster of health and medical offices along Business Center Drive and said the opening of new NorthBay building “helps keep the momentum going out here.”

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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