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  • NorthBay Healthcare Vice President and Chief Financial

    Officer Art DeNio passed away sud- denly on Monday, Dec. 3, after a short illness, his family reported, noting, “We are devas- tated.”

    “Our hearts and prayers are with

    the DeNio family as they try to

    1. OpEx 2020 Launched: Our “Eyes on 2020” strategic plan was com- bined with operational oppor- tunities found in a systemwide assessment to help us consis- tently deliver seamless care and maintain our indepen- dence. Many OpEx initiatives


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    A Holiday Break Enjoy this final FYI issue

    of 2018. We resume publication on Jan. 2.

    2018: A Year of Strategic Growth, Accomplishments

    From openings of new services and

    facilities to celebrations of certifications and

    accomplishments, it was a very good year for NorthBay

    Healthcare. Here are our picks for the Top 10

    stories of 2018. — Editor

    From Urgent Care (top) to the new hospital wing (left) and ORX, NorthBay grew in 2018.

    See TOP 10, Page 6

    Intermittent rain storms couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm as NorthBay Healthcare and OLE Health officially made their in- novative partnership public with a grand opening event Thursday,

    See OLE, Page 10

    NorthBay Suffers a

    Tragic Loss

    NorthBay, OLE Health Celebrate Partnership

    See TRAGIC LOSS, Page 2

    Art DeNio

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    Pablo Diaz Nutrition Associate I Nutrition Services NorthBay Medical Center

    Victoria Satterwhite Medical Assistant Vacaville Center for Primary Care

    Chelsea Scott Nuclear Medicine Technologist VacaValley Hospital

    12.05.18 Retirement Plan Meetings, VacaValley Health Plaza, Suite 290 12.06.18 Retirement Plan Meetings, Penn Tab Lobby 12.08.18 Hospice Tree of Memories, GVAC 12.12.18 Employee Appreciation Meals, Hilborn, NBMC 12.13.18 Employee Appreciation Meals, NBMC, VacaValley, GVAC 12.14.18 Employee Appreciation Meals, VacaValley 12.14.18 Toy Drive concludes 12.17.18 Adopt-a-School parties start at Padan and Fairview schools 12.21.18 Holiday party at Center for Women’s Health 01.02.19 First FYI issue of 2019 01.31.19 Gift certificate deadline

    Pair Promoted into Roles of Human Resources Directors

    Tina Jackson and Diane Ur- bano, Human Resources service managers, have been promoted into director positions.

    “Tina and Diane will continue to support the facilities as they have historically,” according to Jim Andersen, vice president of Human Resources, when making the announcement.

    Tina will take the lead role over recruitment and employee relations, explained Jim. Diane will continue in the lead role over compensation and benefits, he said.

    “Understanding the overlap of responsibilities in these areas, they will continue to work collab- oratively to produce a consistent

    product as we strive to move the organization,” Jim noted.

    Both Tina and Diane have con- tributed their expertise to North- Bay Healthcare for more than 20 years, and this promotion ac- knowledges their overall scope of responsibility, level of knowledge and expertise, he added.

    It’s Time for the Countdown to NorthBay’s Adopt-a-School Parties NorthBay Healthcare’s Adopt-

    a-School program is off and running, thanks to the more than 50 NorthBay departments and individuals who have stepped up to sponsor a class or two.

    Parties are scheduled for the week of Dec. 17 at both Padan and Fairview elementary schools, and it’s time to get shopping!

    Here are a few tips for a suc- cessful connection with your classroom: Make contact with your teacher; don’t stress! It’s a “wish” list; and confirm the date and time of the party.

    If you haven’t printed out your class’s wish list yet, it can be found at http://author.north-

    Diane UrbanoTina Jackson

    make sense of this tragic loss,” President and CEO Konard Jones reported to NorthBay senior lead- ers, managers, employees and board members Monday after- noon. “We, too, will greatly miss Art as a friend, colleague and leader at NorthBay Healthcare.”

    Art has been with NorthBay since 2001 and has been in- strumental in strategic planning endeavors, and securing funding for numerous building projects,

    including the current three-story wing and ED expansion projects at NorthBay Medical Center, the surgery center and much more, said Theo Rallis, senior director of accounting.

    Art is survived by his wife, Madelyn; his son J.R.; daughter- in-law Jamie; and two grandchil- dren, A.J. and Addison.

    At press time, it was still too early to obtain details about services. Email and My NorthBay, the employee portal, will be used to communicate more informa- tion as it becomes available.

    Tragic Loss ... (From Page 1)

    The login is “adopting” and the password is “classroom.” Select your teacher’s class and click on “view details” to print the list.

    If your class is having a pizza party, Cenarios Pizza offers a dis- count. For Fairfield, call 425-1000 and for Vacaville call 449-1900.

    Questions? Call Stacy Ander- sen at ext. 3303.

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    Oncology Pioneer to Step into

    Retirement There’s only been one man at

    the helm of Radiation Oncology since its inception in 1987, and now that man is stepping into retirement.

    Florian Ploch, M.D., medical director of Radiation Oncology for the NorthBay Cancer Center, will retire on Dec. 31. 2018.

    Back in the mid-1980s, medi- cal staff treating cancer patients at then-Intercommunity Hospi- tal came to former hospital CEO Gary Passama with an idea: establish a radiation therapy ser- vice for hospitalized patients, and he agreed. When the Gateway Medical Plaza was built in 1986, it was designed to house the latest linear accelerator, and Dr. Ploch came from Napa to oversee the newly formed center as its medi- cal director.

    Outpatient chemotherapy services became available to NorthBay patients once medical oncology and a clinical trials pro- gram were added to the center in the mid-1990s. In 1996, the center became the first civilian

    facility in Solano County to earn accreditation from the Commis- sion on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

    Over the years, Dr. Ploch has seen radiation oncology become more “targeted” in its ability to diminish tumors, he said, thanks to more sophisticated equip- ment and increased accuracy in the computing power needed to isolate them.

    But, one thing has not changed over the years, he noted. “We have remained true to our original goals: to put the patient first and to keep up with technology. We’ve been able to do that with the retention of a

    very good staff and the steady direction of James Long, M.D.”

    “Dr. Ploch has been the con- tinuing force for the cancer program through many critical changes,” said Dr. Long, Cancer Center medical director. “Through his consistent leadership as Can- cer Committee Chair, NorthBay Cancer Center has maintained it’s certification by the Commission on Cancer of the American Col- lege of Surgeons as the first and, for many years, the only certified cancer center in Solano County. His devotion to the best interests of the patients set the standard for years to come. He will be sorely missed.”

    The NorthBay Cancer Center’s annual report for 2017 is now posted and available for down- loading on You’ll find it under “Services” on the

    NorthBay Cancer Center page. The annual report — which

    marks 30 years since the North- Bay Cancer Center opened in 1987 — includes the 2017 Cancer

    Registry Statistical Review and is published by the NorthBay Can- cer Committee, under the direc- tion of Florian Ploch, M.D.

    NorthBay Cancer Center’s 2017 Annual Report is Online

    Dr. Florian Ploch has been with the Cancer Center since it opened in 1987.

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    It was more soggy than foggy for Vacaville’s annual Merriment on Main celebration and community tree lighting, which attracted thousands of rev- elers. NorthBay Healthcare was there to join in the fun as well, with a card- board Santa sleigh (above) where visitors could pose for a group photo or a selfie. Volunteers (at right) also handed out modeling clay, glow sticks, NorthBay branded ear muffs and, of course, plenty of hot cocoa. HealthSpring Fitness was on hand as well, giving out branded canvas bags that proved quite popu- lar among visitors to the booth.

    A contingent from NorthBay Healthcare, joined by Assemblymember Jim Frazier, (second from the left) shows off the tree purchased by NorthBay Healthcare Foundation President Brett Johnson (far right) to go in the lobby at NorthBay Va- caValley Hospital. The tree was one of 42 full-size trees available to the top bidder, or for a preset sale price at the 28th an- nual Festival of Trees gala Nov. 26 at the Vacaville Recreation Center. The event is