silvercelb2It was a festive day for announcements, dedication, art and celebration when NorthBay Healthcare celebrated the 25th anniversary of NorthBay VacaValley Hospital in a big white tent on campus.  

President and CEO Gary Passama announced NorthBay’s vision for the future, including the health village and the move of the NorthBay Cancer Center from Fairfield to the crowd of 100-plus.

NorthBay Hospital Group President Deborah Sugiyama honored VacaValley’s 31 “pioneers,” defined as employees who worked at VacaValley during its inaugural year and who are still working for NorthBay Healthcare today.

 Vacaville Mayor Steve Hardy read a proclamation, and NorthBay Healthcare Foundation President Brett Johnson dedicated five benches as a memorial to six individuals who contributed greatly to the beginning of VacaValley Hospital. Those benches were dedicated to the memories of Martha Orr, Bill Caroll, Walter Graham, Albert Porter and Richard and Mary Coffer.

Guild Volunteer Mary Brooker honored the Guild’s involvement from the beginning and informed the crowd of plans to move the thrift shop from Main Street to Parker Street later this fall.

Dr. Deborah Murray explained that the weekend’s Ride to Defeat Diabetes (R2D2) was important to raise funds and awareness. Solano County has the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of diagnosed diabetes per capita in the state.

An art show at the Adult Day Center ended the day with wine and a fundraiser