Our Sudden Loss: CFO Art DeNio Passes Away Unexpectedly

Family, friends and co-workers at NorthBay Healthcare were shocked and saddened to learn that Vice President and Chief Finance Officer Art DeNio passed away suddenly on Monday, Dec. 3.

Joining the community-based health system in 2001, Mr. DeNio was instrumental in its growth and evolution into a provider of advanced medicine and the leader in health care in Solano County.

"Our hearts and prayers are with his wife, Madeline, and his family as they try to make sense of this tragic loss," said President & CEO B. Konard Jones. "We, too, will greatly miss Art as a friend, a trusted colleague, a respected leader and an innovator at NorthBay Healthcare."

According to his family, Mr. DeNio had finished his morning workout at a fitness center near his home in El Cerrito when he became ill. His son, J.R., mourned, "We are devastated."

From his first day on the job, Mr. DeNio was an integral part of the strategic planning of the only locally managed, not-for-profit health system in Solano County.

"Art's building of relationships with financial entities made great things possible for NorthBay," noted former NorthBay Healthcare president and chief executive officer Gary Passama, who recruited Mr. DeNio. "The son of a physician and husband of a nurse, he understood health care as few people holding that position did."

Mr. Passama added, "Art lived what we call 'The NorthBay Way,' and our community is better because of his unsung efforts."

Mr. DeNio's devotion to fiscal responsibility made him the architect of NorthBay's success in constructing modern facilities, expanding services and protecting its independence. His pledge was to ensure Solano County maintained a health system that was governed by a local volunteer board of directors, remaining independent of the corporate systems that dominate most communities.

Services are pending. When arrangements are set they will be published here at NorthBay.org.