Gary Passama

Gary Passama retired as president and CEO of NorthBay Healthcare on March 31, 2017. An active blogger since 2010, here’s a collection of his work.

Latest Blog Posts

Not Fade Away

September 02, 2014 | 0 Comments

In health care we have fads. Or is it trends? Perhaps it is conventional wisdom. Sometimes, I think, it is just unthinking sheep following equally clueless sheep.

An idea takes hold. Then, before you know it, everyone needs to be on board.

Capitation in the 1990s was one such trend, or fad, or whatever you wish to term it. The idea was...
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Blood, Sweat and Cheers

June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A virus is spreading within NorthBay Healthcare and it is becoming more virulent. Department after department is falling prey to it. After it hits, nothing is the same again.

And that is exactly the result we want.

We recently injected the "Blood, Sweat and Cheers" virus into four programs that will be part of the new NorthBay Wellness Center, to be built...
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Reading My Mind

April 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

By now you know my feelings about so-called healthcare reform. Nor have I been shy about touting the many advances NorthBay Healthcare has brought to Solano. So, someone asked, "Is there anything else on your mind these days?"

Thanks for asking. Of late I am learning as much as I can about what is called "lean." The Lean Enterprise Institute...
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