NorthBay Healthcare Welcomes New Board Chairman

Fairfield resident and business leader Mark Sievers today was installed as chairman of the board of NorthBay Healthcare, taking the reins from longtime chairman G. Ben Huber. Sievers has been a member of the board since 2000.

Continuing his leadership within the locally managed, not-for-profit health care system, Sievers in 2003 joined the board that administers hospital operations. He also has served on the governing entity of NorthBay Health Advantage, which oversees innovation and business development.

Huber, a former Fairfield City Council member who first joined the board of NorthBay Healthcare Foundation 30 years ago, joined the system board in 1992. He has served as chairman for 12 years, and will continue as a health care system director.

“I understand that I am succeeding an icon,” Sievers said. “So I know I have large shoes to fill as I take the chairmanship from a man who has been a great leader inside NorthBay Healthcare and beyond in our community. Ben Huber is tough act to follow. I’m glad he is staying on.”

B. Konard Jones, president and CEO, emphasized that continuity of leadership is important to the organization. “We are changing the guard, but only in the sense of one experienced leader stepping up to take the role long filled by another skilled leader.”

Sievers is president of Epsilon Financial Group of Fairfield, a wealth management firm for individuals, trusts, foundations and businesses. He is a founder of the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last month at the Nut Tree in Vacaville. The largest continuous charity event in the county, the Jubilee has raised millions for hospice and bereavement care for residents who could not otherwise afford it.

Looking ahead, the new chairman cited numerous priorities and challenges in the health care arena that will affect NorthBay Healthcare’s drive to continue to bring new, advanced medicine to the community.

“First and foremost are the political scuffles in Washington surrounding repeal of the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with something different,” Sievers said. “That certainly will determine if we can continue to care for those with government insurance, those underinsured and those without coverage.”

But just as importantly, he said, “We, as an independent and community-based system, are being squeezed by goliath corporate competitors, by health plans looking to increase profits at our expense and government regulations that do little or nothing to improve patient care.”

Sievers earned a master’s degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy with an engineering degree. He and his wife, Ann, own and operate Il Fiorello, an artisan olive oil company in Suisun Valley.

He is a past chairman of the board of the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce, a member and past chairman of Solano Community Foundation, founding chairman of Solano Affordable Housing Foundation and treasurer of the Northern Solano Theater Foundation.