- By Rhoda Madson
NorthBay Healthcare Joins Mayo Clinic Care Network
FAIRFIELD, Calif. — NorthBay Healthcare is 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 is the first health care organization in northern California to join the network. This formal agreement gives NorthBay Healthcare access to the latest Mayo Clinic knowledge and promotes collaboration among physicians to benefit patients. The goal of NorthBay Healthcare and Mayo Clinic is to help patients get answers to complex medical questions — and peace of mind — while staying closer to home.
“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,” says Gary J. Passama, president and CEO of NorthBay Healthcare. “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.”
As a member of the care network, NorthBay Healthcare will work closely with Mayo to share medical knowledge and clinical expertise. Local physicians will have access to network services and information, including:
- eConsults that allow NorthBay Healthcare physicians to connect electronically and directly with Mayo specialists for more input on a patient’s care
- AskMayoExpert, a database for reference at the point of care to offer the latest Mayo-vetted information on the evaluation and treatment of a variety of medical conditions
- Health care consulting that enables NorthBay Healthcare to learn more about Mayo’s clinical, operational and business models, including how they are designed and implemented
- eTumor Board conferences that invite NorthBay Healthcare physicians to present and discuss complex cancer cases with a multidisciplinary panel of Mayo specialists and other network members
NorthBay Healthcare providers also can access Mayo’s extensive library of patient education materials and watch archived Mayo Clinic grand rounds presentations that feature Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists.
“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.”
Steve Huddleston, Public Affairs, NorthBay Healthcare, 707-646-3300, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhoda Madson, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, email@example.com
NorthBay Healthcare’s roots go back to 1954, when community leaders began raising money to build a locally owned, locally managed nonprofit hospital for Solano County. Intercommunity Memorial Hospital opened in 1960 in Fairfield, California. It became NorthBay Medical Center in 1987, when NorthBay VacaValley Hospital opened in Vacaville, California.
Today, NorthBay Medical Group includes more than 100 providers who offer primary and specialty care at medical offices throughout Fairfield and Vacaville.
NorthBay Healthcare and other members of the care network underwent a rigorous evaluation before joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The 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.
About NorthBay Healthcare
NorthBay Healthcare leads the way in providing advanced medicine to the residents of Solano County. It 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. For information, visit http://www.northbay.org.
About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/about-mayo-clinic or http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.