Fred, Zaragouza, Solano County District representative for Supervisor Mike Reagan Fred Zaragouza, (at left) joins Solano Public Health Dr. Michael Stacey (center) and Solano County Supervisor Linda Seifert as they prepare to unveil NorthBay's new Trauma Center designation.
NorthBay Celebrates Trauma Designation
The sign. It’s sealed. We will deliver.
NorthBay Medical Center is now Solano County’s only Level III trauma center. An unveiling party was held Friday, Sept. 30, to undrape the Trauma Center on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and B. Gale Wilson Boulevard.
The crowd roared when the blue blocking was pulled down by a host of NorthBay officials and local dignitaries.
Dr. Pete Zopfi, trauma medical director and chief of surgery, Kathy Richerson, vice president and chief nursing officer, Heather Venezio, trauma director and Daman Mott, director of Emergency Department/Trauma Services took part in the ceremony.
So did Solano County Supervisor Linda Seifert and Fairfield City Councilman Rick Vaccaro, who were ably assisted by Fairfield Fire Chief Walt Tibbet and Solano County Deputy Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Stacey, along with Fairfield Fire Battalion Chief Rob Bartoli and Fred Zaragoza, representing county Supervisor Mike Reagan.
The party in the adjacent parking lot included NorthBay Healthcare staff and senior managers, the NorthBay Trauma Team, local responders from fire departments, CALSTAR and Medic Ambulance.
“It’s been a long journey, but well worth it. We’re very proud of all the hard work that went into this achievement,” said Richerson.
“It’s a real victory for the citizens of Solano County,” said NorthBay President and CEO Gary Passama. “They will no longer have to take their injured 45 minutes away to a trauma center.”
Dr. Zopfi said he’s been waiting years to see the designation come to fruition. “We’ve always handled trauma and we’ve done it really well, but now the focus is on making sure everyone knows what to do and when to do it. We’ve really come together as a team.”
The designation means nearly all trauma cases, with the exception of neurological cases, will be brought to NorthBay Medical Center by first responders.