NorthBay is Vacaville’s Business of the Year

Citing its decades-long support of the health and well-being of the community, the Board of Directors of the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce has selected NorthBay Healthcare its 2011-12 Business of the Year.
Each year, the one local business is honored for its outstanding contribution to the community, its Chamber involvement and support, and its high ethical business standards. bus of the year2


In addition to its financial support through its President’s Club membership, NorthBay encourages its employees to serve on and lead Chamber committees. For instance, President and CEO Gary Passama, Foundation President Brett Johnson and Vice President of Public Affairs Steve Huddleston each have served as chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors.


In addition to regularly participating and sponsoring Chamber business events and committees, NorthBay Healthcare was integral in the creation of Leadership Vacaville in 2007, and has sponsored a similar program in Fairfield. Each year since it has stepped up to underwrite the leadership development program and to host Health Care Day for the class of future civic leaders.


“A group of local physicians started our hospital system more than 50 years ago and it has remained independent and locally managed,” explained NorthBay President and CEO Gary Passama, who served on the Chamber Board of Directors from 2005 to last year and was its chairman 2009-10. “So we know the importance of supporting businesses whose heart and soul is Vacaville. When we decided to build NorthBay VacaValley Hospital 25 years ago, the Chamber was there to support our efforts. Some wrongly said Vacaville didn’t need a hospital. So when your entire focus is serving your friends, family and neighbors, close to home, you do not forget who was there when you needed them.”

Chamber President and CEO Mark Creffield said his board’s decision to honor NorthBay Healthcare was an easy one. “Known in the community for its stellar reputation, NorthBay Healthcare proves its commitment to the community through its leadership and involvement, and its partnerships with community organizations that extend far beyond the Chamber,” he said.


“This year, the award recipient is known for scoring high marks in every one of the criteria as stated on the nomination form,” Creffield added. “Beyond the excellent care of patients in its hospital and its specialty clinics, NorthBay goes the extra mile – be it free immunizations, health and wellness seminars, supporting Vacaville schools, helping Opportunity House or many, many other worthwhile causes.

As Vacaville’s Business of the Year, it will be honored in December this year as the recipient of the Spirit of Solano Award, a countywide honor program sponsored by WestAmerica Bank and the Solano Economic Development Corp.