It's National Trauma Month
May 21, 2013
May is a busy month, for sure.
There's Nurses Week, National Trauma Month and EMS Week. And NorthBay Medical Center is finishing its application to become the county's first Emergency Department Accepting Pediatrics, a designation that reflects our commitment to enhancing emergency care for young patients.
Health Fair Please, and Yes, Super-Size It!
January 29, 2013
A few of colleagues and I were among the throng that filled the Kroc Center in Suisun City last Saturday for an impressive day of community service. We were fortunate to be part of the Kroc Center Health Fair, representing NorthBay Emergency & Trauma Services. With us were experts from our STEMI (heart attack), pharmacy and rehab programs.
The glittering center is a product of the philanthropy of the Kroc family, which created an American business icon - McDonald's.
Auld Lang Syne
January 15, 2013
Where does the time go? So 2012 is history, and ironically, so are most of my 2013 resolutions.
I had made a sincere promise to be better about posting a blog entry at least once a week. Goodness knows I have enough to deliver two or three times a week. But if I wrote that much, it might dilute the readership of the blog by my boss, Gary Passama. Then I would be in trouble.
So what's new? All kinds of stuff.
Thanksgiving, Reflections, and Legislative Activism
November 28, 2012
That's belated wishes for a happy Thanksgiving and a little advance wishing for a Merry Christmas and happy, healthy new year.
Whether you are heart-broken or ecstatic about the results of the election, once again the democratic process the power to govern is decided. I have heard the American electoral process described as a bloodless coup: Power is kept and transferred amid celebratory cheers and rancorous protests, but the military is not involved. No one is locked away or injured in the process. Pageantry is preserved with pomp and circumstance.
With the re-election of the president and a "lame-duck" session of Congress - something that has occurred only 16 times since 1940 - it is more important than ever that we as healthcare providers be vigilant. There is some concern the defeated or outgoing members have no accountability to voters.
Happy Emergency Nurses Week!
October 9, 2012
NorthBay Healthcare celebrates Emergency Nurses Week by having a special event each day this week to honor and celebrate our outstanding professionals. Emergency Nurses Day is Wednesday, Oct. 10. This year's theme, "Every Patient + Every Time = Making a Difference" reflects the dedication of emergency nurses in the United States and around the world.
Boys and Girls of Summer
September 18, 2012
Summer has come and gone, a busy, busy, busy time for my team and NorthBay Healthcare. And we have a lot to show for it: an accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, meaning we can take care of any heart attack. We are the only such designated center in Solano County.
Landmark Birthdays, Pink Heals, Kids and ACS
August 29, 2012
Hey folks, I've avoided it as long as I can. I'm turning 40 on Aug. 31. Usually I don't sweat birthdays, but this one is looming large! VacaValley Hospital also has a birthday this year and celebrates the Big 25 in October. And the NorthBay Cancer Center turned 25 this year.
Accreditation and Cake
August 9, 2012
"No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people" - British historian Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881).
Congratulations to my colleagues at NorthBay Healthcare for receiving accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI capability from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
Fight the Bite!
July 26, 2012
It's Not Cool to Get Bit by These Vampires.
We are so fortunate in Solano County to have ample water supplies. However, that brings with it the threat that goes with standing water. Always be on the lookout for mosquitoes.
Yes, it's West Nile virus season.
One More Accomplishment
July 20, 2012
Wow. Time flies when I am at work. Another week has flown by, topped off with yet another inspection. This one resulted in a great outcome.
NorthBay Healthcare has been recommended for full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention).