Health Care

Kaiser Permanente's Vallejo Medical Center presented a $735,966 check to the city of Vallejo to support the city's Neighborhood Policing Project. On hand for the ceremony was Bernard Tyson, president and COO of Kaiser Permanente and Max Villalobo, senior vice president of Kaiser's Napa-Solano service area, along with the Vallejo City Council. The grant will be used to pay for the annual salary, benefits , overhead and equipment for one new police officer as part of  a three-year program. The officer will be housed at Kaiser's Vallejo Medical Center but will serve the North Vallejo area. The grant will also provide the city with the funds it needs to participate in a federal grant that will allow the department to hire three new officers (one of which will participate in the North Vallejo community policing program). The goal of the grant is to help implement a comprehensive neighborhood policing program within the North Vallejo neighborhood that will enhance the safety and well-being of the entire community.

Sonoma-based Forces of Nature, a pharmaceutical company and  manufacturer of medicine that uses certified organic ingredients, introduces its Control line, 14 USDA Certified Organic and FDA Registered topical medicines that target seven hard-to-treat conditions. They include:  acne, herpes cold sores (caused by the herpes simplex virus) and scars. Each medicine uses a two-in-one approach that merges the soothing nature of botanicals with recognized and established homeopathic drugs. The Control line is currently available at select Whole Foods Market stores and is rolling out in independent natural retailers nationwide.


The  North Bay Leadership Council  welcomed Burr Pilger Mayer as its newest board member.  Carol Spindler O’Hara will be the board representative and serve on NBLC’s Executive Committee.  ”Ms. O’Hara is the managing partner of BPM's North Bay Offices and the Assurance Services Practice.  Ms. O’Hara brings more than 20 years of professional experience, delivering services to a wide spectrum of companies, including nonprofit, financial services, hospitality, winery & vineyard, manufacturing, health care, government and real estate. Prior to joining BPM, Ms. O’Hara spent 18 years, seven as a partner, with KPMG in San Francisco and London. Her responsibilities included overseeing services to the fourth largest U.S. Bank.  She also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Santa Rosa Symphony and was a 2011 Women in Business honoree by the North Bay Business Journal. Ms. O’Hara’s alternate will be Ted Grafe, the North Bay Market Manager for BPM.  Mr. Grafe is responsible for marketing, business development and community relations.  Prior to joining BPM, Mr. Grafe directed the media bureau for a national marketing agency based in San Francisco serving professional service industry clients including law firms, accounting firms and financial services companies.  He is a graduate of Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXIV, Board Member of Schools Plus, Advancement Committee Member at Cardinal Newman High School, Steering Committee Member of the Wine Symposium Group, Past-Board President of Tomorrow's Leaders Today (TLT) and Recipient of the North Bay Business Journal’s Forty-Under-40 Award.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and public relations from the University of Oregon in Eugene.