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

Staying Upright

Published: January 31, 2012

Normally, a one-week cruise would be an occasion for relaxation and contemplation. To a certain extent that occurred on my one-week holiday last week.


A Mighty Army

Published: January 24, 2012

Every month I greet NorthBay's new employees during an orientation held in our Green Valley Conference Center. They come to learn about NorthBay's history, our organizational culture and our policies. It is a packed agenda, and for some it may be just the start of several weeks of orientation.


Beating the Drums

Published: January 17, 2012

I am going to beat on this drum again. I must. Things are going to get far worse under so-called healthcare reform.

A story on the CNN Money website is titled "Doctors Going Broke." It describes a growing trend of financial stress hitting physicians in non-governmental practices.


Freely Associating

Published: January 12, 2012

Sometimes when conjuring up topics for my blog I begin to freely associate various themes, tying them together in ways they usually make sense only to me. This could be one of those times.


What, Me Worry?

Published: January 10, 2012

The semi-famous quote from Mad Magazine's iconic Alfred E. Neuman may indicate that worrying is not something he, well, worries about. I wish I could say the same as I look into my crystal ball for 2012.


Two Letters

Published: January 5, 2012

Letters often cross my desk that praise the care a given patient has received in NorthBay Medical Center or NorthBay VacaValley Hospital or in one of our outpatient services or physician practices. And I sometimes receive correspondence critical of our care or a concern about billing issues.


The NorthBay Top 50

Published: January 3, 2012

Having taken shots at various organizations trying to establish their primacy in the rating game, I feel obligated to relate how we at NorthBay Healthcare measure the quality of care we provide.