Innovation Award Honors HealthSpring, Exec

Innovator of the Year recipient Adrian Riggs (second from the left) poses with the award along with (left to right) Elnora Cameron, vice president of strategic development; Scott Reynolds, Vacaville Chamber of Commerce board president; Gary Passama, president and CEO of NorthBay Healthcare; and Brett Johnson, president of the NorthBay Healthcare Foundation.

Adrian Riggs, assistant vice president of NorthBay Health Advantage, and NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness were honored with Solano County’s first-ever Innovator of the Year award.

It was announced March 2 at the conclusion of a half-day Innovation Expo at the Sunrise Event Center in Vacaville, sponsored by the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce.

The Vacaville, Fairfield-Suisun and Dixon chambers of commerce each selected a finalist to compete for the top honor. The Vacaville Chamber selected Riggs after he was nominated by Elnora Cameron, president of NorthBay Health Advantage, for his leadership in not only building NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness and its programs from the ground up, but also launching a new and innovative “Movement is Medicine” program.

The Fairfield-Suisun Chamber nominated Lystek International, an organic material recovery center based in Fairfield. Dixon’s chamber nominated Recology Hay Road, which operates the Jepson Prairie Organics composting facility.

HealthSpring Fitness is Solano County’s only medical fitness center, and is open to the general public for membership. It is located on the NorthBay VacaValley Hospital campus off Nut Tree Road.

In the Movement is Medicine program, local physicians don’t just prescribe medication, but a specific and progressive fitness routine. A specialist meets with the patient to assess needs and goals, and then works to develop the patient’s confidence in their ability to flourish along their journey.

“This is a great honor,” said Riggs, who has been involved with the design and the management of the fitness center, and is an architect of the “Movement Is Medicine” program. “We’re proud to offer this new service in Solano County. We see a real need for it.”

“Movement is Medicine,” is a therapeutic-based introductory training program designed for patients who are dealing with a diagnosed medical condition or are considered at risk, explains Riggs. He oversees NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness, which is managed by EXOS|Medifit, a worldwide industry leader in training professional athletes and the military, among others.

Riggs has been working on the project with the HealthSpring team, including Mike Cole, fitness manager, and Julie Cassara, fitness specialist, since July 2016, shortly after the fitness center’s grand opening. The initial launch involved NorthBay physicians, but has since been opened to providers outside of NorthBay Healthcare.

The program includes a specialized training program specifically designed for each individual by a qualified fitness specialist, in HealthSpring’s state-of-the-art facility.

Although insurance will not cover the cost, special package prices will be offered.

HealthSpring Fitness Specialists hold degrees in health-related fields. They are certified in all areas of fitness, including a variety specialty certifications, and have many years of experience working with clients with special needs, said Riggs.

Qualifying conditions to participate in the program can include transition from physical therapy into post rehabilitation, managing an existing medical condition, needing to improve strength or lose weight in preparation for a medical procedure, or a program designed to help reverse or even prevent certain medical conditions from occurring.