Gary J. Passama, President and Chief Executive Officer of NorthBay Healthcare System since 1987, is a 39-year veteran of health care in Northern California. He has served as faculty and speaker for programs of the American Hospital Association, Hospital Council of Northern California and the Medical Group Management Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
From the CEO

Stroll Down Memory Lane

Published: November 29, 2011

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.


A Treat, Not a Trick

Published: November 22, 2011

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.


Life Saving Initials

Published: November 17, 2011

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.


Bring It On!

Published: November 15, 2011

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.


Code Trauma

Published: November 10, 2011

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.


Me and Malcolm

Published: November 8, 2011

Macolm Gladwell held a door open for me.

And you are probably asking, "So what?"

A big deal? Well, in a way it was.


Reality Distortion, Part 2

Published: November 3, 2011

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.


Busy Being Born

Published: November 1, 2011

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.