Hospitals Open, Most Services Operating — Green Valley on Alert

4 p.m., Thursday, October 12, 2017

NorthBay Healthcare's two hospitals, medical offices and specialty practices will be open and operating with normal schedules until further notice.

Fire officials expressed some optimism Thursday afternoon that they will soon have the upper hand in keeping the Altas Fire from populated areas of Green Valley and the city of Fairfield.

Nonetheless, employees and managers on the Green Valley campus remain on high alert in case the status of the fire changes and evacuation orders change.

Watch NorthBay.org and NorthBay Healthcare's Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.

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7 a.m. UPDATE - Thursday, October 12, 2017

Although there has not been a mandatory evacuation notice yet for NorthBay's Green Valley campus, there is an active fire on the ridge top near Mason Road. Flames can be seen this morning from the ridge. Fire crews are on the scene and there is no imminent threat to structures located within city limits, according to a Fairfield police report.

As of this post, plans are still in place to keep the Green Valley campus in full operation today. It hosts a Center for Primary Care, a gastroenterology clinic, other medical offices and the Administration and Conference Center.

Employees scheduled to work today are directed to report to their worksites.

"We will continue to closely watch the progress of the Atlas Fire that has swept into Solano County, said President and CEO B. Konard Jones early this morning. "Our priority is the safety of our staff in Green Valley and elsewhere, but also continuing to operate Fairfield-Suisun's only hospital, Trauma Center and emergency services."

He added, "Our profession, our passion, is to take care of those who come to us for help. And we will do all we can to ensure that is not interrupted, despite the difficult circumstances that surround us."

Surgeries are scheduled for Thursday. Specialty offices will be open as well. Some patients with respiratory issues may have their treatment postponed due to poor air quality.

If an evacuation order is issued for lower Green Valley, contingency plans are in place to relocate staff and physicians to other sites so that patients will still be served. Those who work in the Green Valley Administration Center, likewise, will be relocated, if necessary.

Watch this website for any changes that may occur if the progress of the fire and increasing winds results in the closing of the Green Valley campus. Updates will also be posted on Facebook.com/NorthBayHealthcare and Twitter.com/NorthBayHealth.

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5 a.m. UPDATE - Thursday, October 12, 2017

All Medical Offices Open, Hospitals in Full Operation

NorthBay Healthcare's two hospitals and all of its medical offices will be open today.

With no new evacuation notices issued by the City of Fairfield as of 5 a.m., the Green Valley campus will be in full operation today. It hosts a Center for Primary Care, a gastroenterology clinic, other medical offices and the Administration and Conference Center.

Employees scheduled to work today are directed to report to their worksites.

"We will continue to closely watch the progress of the Atlas Fire that has swept into Solano County, said President and CEO B. Konard Jones early this morning. "Our priority is the safety of our staff in Green Valley and elsewhere, but also continuing to operate Fairfield-Suisun's only hospital, Trauma Center and emergency services."

He added, "Our profession, our passion, is to take care of those who come to us for help. And we will do all we can to ensure that is not interrupted, despite the difficult circumstances that surround us."

Surgeries are scheduled for Thursday. Specialty offices will be open as well. Some patients with respiratory issues may have their treatment postponed due to poor air quality.

If an evacuation order is issued for lower Green Valley, contingency plans are in place to relocate staff and physicians to other sites so that patients will still be served. Those who work in the Green Valley Administration Center, likewise, will be relocated, if necessary.

Watch this website for any changes that may occur if the progress of the fire and increasing winds results in the closing of the Green Valley campus. Updates will also be posted on Facebook.com/NorthBayHealthcare and Twitter.com/NorthBayHealth.

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6 p.m. UPDATE - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

NorthBay Healthcare is closely watching the progress of the Atlas Peak fire that has swept into Solano County and is currently threatening Green Valley.

"We are planning to keep nearly every service open tomorrow," said President and CEO B. Konard Jones early Wednesday evening, "Our hospitals will continue to operate, as will our medical offices."

He added, "That includes our campus in Green Valley, which hosts the Green Valley Health Plaza and its medical offices, as well as our Administration Center."

Watch this website for any changes that may occur if the progress of the fire and increasing winds results in the closing of the Green Valley campus. Updates will also be posted on Facebook.com/NorthBayHealthcare and Twitter.com/NorthBayHealth.

Hospital emergency services are open and surgeries are scheduled for Thursday. Specialty offices will be open as well. Some patients with respiratory issues may have their treatment postponed due to poor air quality.

If an evacuation order is issued for lower Green Valley, contingency plans are in place to relocate staff and physicians to other sites so that patients will still be served. Those who work in the Green Valley Administration Center, likewise, will be relocated, if necessary.

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6 p.m. UPDATE - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

NorthBay Healthcare's two hospitals, its Center for Primary Care sites and medical offices plan to be open and operating Wednesday, despite shifting winds and new uncertainty about the path of the Atlas Peak fire now burning in Solano County.

Even health facilities closest to evacuation areas are set to open at regular times to see patients. Green Valley Health Plaza, which hosts a Center for Primary Care as well as specialty practices, is about 2 miles south of the perimeter of the evacuation zone.

In some circumstances, certain surgeries and some procedures could be postponed due to transportation issues or unexpected complications. Patients will be notified in advance.

Some patients with respiratory ailments may be advised to stay home if persistent smoke permeates local communities.

"We have friends, neighbors, families and some employees who are coping with a lot of uncertainty these days," President and CEO B. Konard Jones said. "But it's our mission, our responsibility, to make their health care a certainty."

Primary care centers and emergency departments in NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital in Vacaville treated patients with respiratory difficulties throughout Tuesday. A couple evacuated from Santa Rosa came into the Emergency Department at NorthBay Medical Center seeking care during their travel. Most others were local residents who were experiencing shortness of breath, dizziness and nausea.

While many employees of NorthBay Healthcare live in or near the evacuation area, regular shifts were fully staffed on Tuesday.

Plans are to continue to operate at near-normal levels on Wednesday, subject to new evacuations, road closures and the status of the fire line in Solano County.

NorthBay health experts offer the following tips for those most at risk during smoky conditions, which includes children, older people and those with respiratory conditions:

  • Consider avoiding outdoor activities.
  • Those with a health-related illness, particularly respiratory problems should remain indoors.
  • Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible.
  • Use the recycle or recirculate mode on the air conditioner in your home and car.
  • Stay well hydrated to keep airways moist.

Watch for updates on Facebook.com/NorthBayHealthcare and Twitter.com/NorthBayHealth.

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6 a.m. UPDATE - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

As the Atlas Peak fire breached the Solano County border and mandatory evacuations in northern Green Valley continued, all NorthBay Healthcare offices and hospitals are open this morning.

The Green Valley Health Plaza, which houses a Center for Primary Care as well as specialty practices, will be open. Patients with appointments will be seen today.

The Administration Center at Green Valley and its training center and conference center are also open today.

Evacuations that began just before midnight are in effect, but the Green Valley campus is about 2 miles south of Mason Road, the perimeter of the zone. Roads to a from Interstate 80 and NorthBay's Green Valley facilities are open this morning.

Employees of NorthBay Healthcare are being called in to work regular shifts as planned.

"We are present and ready to serve patients who need to see their doctors at all of our facilities," President and CEO B. Konard Jones said this morning as Solano residents awoke to smoke-laden skies. "We know our friends, neighbors and families are going through some uncertainty today, but we will ensure their health care is certain."

The area of mandatory evacuations comprises:

  • All streets off of Green Valley Road north of Rockville Road (a four-way stop);
  • All streets in Green Valley Estates and west of Green Valley Road (Paseo Arboles/Via Vaquero); and
  • All streets west of Green Valley Road north of Mason Road to Valley End Road, including Green Valley Country Club.


NorthBay health experts offer the following tips for those most at risk during smoky conditions, which includes children, older people and those with respiratory conditions:"

  • Consider avoiding outdoor activities.
  • Those with health-related illness, particularly respiratory problems should remain indoors.
  • Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible. Use the recycle or recirculate mode on the air conditioner in your home and car.
  • Stay well hydrated and keep airways moist.