One recent evening I was inspired to bring some order to the bookshelves in my man cave. No one else in my house has the courage to do it - which is how I like it.
Among my yearbooks from my junior high and high school were two forgotten bound editions. They contained publications from Herrick Hospital in Berkeley where I spent the first part of my career before coming to what we now call NorthBay Healthcare.
Compared to the big guys in health care, NorthBay is tiny. That has some advantages but also disadvantages.
We are closer to the market (those we serve) and we make decisions for the good of this local market, not what is in the best interests for some broad expanse of patients and clients spread across the state or nation.
My simplistic definition: It's a trauma center for the heart.
The technical term is ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Receiving Center. Lots of big words and initials, but what it means for Solano is that NorthBay Medical Center, as of Nov. 30, will be the county's first and only such facility. Only the Fairfield hospital has the complete array of emergency cardiac services, including cardiac surgery, if necessary.
Thank goodness it's over.
No, not the holiday season, which this well-renowned "scrooge" finds to be more of an ordeal than a time of merriment. That's still ahead. We have reached the end of NorthBay's budget season.
The first full month's results are in for Solano's first and busiest trauma center. And our initial projections were wrong. We did not expect to be as busy in the first month as we were.
Macolm Gladwell held a door open for me.
And you are probably asking, "So what?"
A big deal? Well, in a way it was.
Today, my reality puts me in the curious position of writing Part 2 of a blog from several weeks ago addressing an alternative reality being foisted on us by a corporate healthcare giant here in Solano.
Some months are busier than others, which was certainly the case for NorthBay Healthcare in the month just ended. Both hospitals were very busy with NorthBay VacaValley Hospital basically full at times.