Saturday, May 2, 2015

NorthBay Breaks Ground on Wellness Center

The rain paused and clouds parted in dramatic fashion as NorthBay Healthcare leaders broke ground Tuesday, April 7, on a $58 million investment in a new cancer center and a state-of-the-art wellness center on the NorthBay VacaValley Hospital campus in Vacaville.

"This is a long-awaited day for all of us at NorthBay Healthcare, probably for the city of Vacaville, and surely for many of our physicians, nurses, support staff, our managers and our Boards of Directors," said President and CEO Gary Passama. "This is an exciting project, something we knew the community very much needed."

Opening in mid-2016, the 110,000-square-foot building will feature a medical fitness center and become the new home of the NorthBay Cancer Center, currently located in Fairfield. The three-story medical office building will also include an outpatient diagnostic imaging center, diabetes and endocrinology, orthopedics, rehabilitation services and cardiac rehabilitation.

Design and functionality put the patient first, according to Elnora Cameron, president of NorthBay Health Advantage, a NorthBay-affiliated division that oversees facilities construction.

"How we construct these buildings is all about changing the way we deliver care to our patients," Cameron said. "It's about giving patients an experience we've all been waiting for in healthcare: less waiting, promptly returned phone calls, expedited pharmacy refills and lots of comforting and healing sunlight in the public spaces and in the clinical treatment areas."

She added, "We welcome you today to the groundbreaking for not only a new building, but a new path to health for Solano County residents." The west end of the building is dedicated to the county's first medical fitness center. It features a natatorium (aquatic center) with a lap pool, general purpose pool, warm water therapy pool, and a whirlpool.

Medical fitness is a new idea in health care. There are only six other such facilities in the state.
It will have many of the features of a health club - exercise equipment, indoor running track, pools and spas - and also will have specialized therapy equipment for patients. The staff will be highly trained and work collaboratively with physicians and specialists. The fitness center also includes two group exercise rooms, a Queenax fitness system, dedicated Pilates and cycling rooms, a large cardio area, and strength training and personal training areas.

While physicians can prescribe therapy at the medical fitness center, membership plans will also be available to the general community. The new imaging department in this building will house the first permanent PET imaging machine in Solano County.

Cameron noted, "Cancer patients will no longer wait days for a mobile machine to roll in from Sacramento. Then, when a new MRI is added adjacent to VacaValley Hospital later this year, this campus will have a full-fledged imaging center. Every type of image you or your doctor need will be here."

The building is a partnership between NexCore Group and NorthBay Healthcare. Swinerton Builders of Sacramento is the general contractor.

The construction site formerly held the NorthBay Adult Day Center, which moved to a modern facility on VacaValley Parkway earlier this year.

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