NORTH BAY -- Welcome to the Business Journal's second annual Healthiest Companies Awards, which recognize outstanding efforts of organizations and businesses across the North Bay in the critical movement toward wellness.In this report

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2012 Healthiest Companies in the North Bay: Welcome

2012 Healthiest Companies in the North Bay winner profilesHealth Care Conference panelist Q&AsJohn Fradelizio, Wells Fargo Insurance ServicesRick Heron, Western Health AdvantageDavid Hodges, Vantreo Insurance BrokerageDennis Lum, Kaiser PermanenteVictor McKnight, EPIC Insurance BrokersMichael Parr, NorthWest Insurance AgencyMike Purvis, Sutter Medical Center of Santa RosaTodd Salnas, St. Joseph Health, Sonoma CountyJim Settles, Woodruff Saywer & Co.

From nominations gathered over the summer and in September, The Business Journal selected 17 companies that will be honored the Journal's 2012 Health Care Conference on Wednesday.

"The trend toward prevention in health care is unstoppable and the companies that recognize that are reaping the benefits in a happier, healthier workplace, lower insurance claims and many other benefits," said Business Journal Editor and Associate Publisher Brad Bollinger. "Besides, it is the right thing to do."

Profiles of the winners appear in this special report.

The winners were selected after gathering nominations and company surveys about their health practices.

The winners are listed by alphabetical order:Agilent TechnologiesBurr Pilger Mayer, Inc.Exchange BankGeneral DynamicsGhilotti Bros., Inc.Kaiser Permanente Marin - SonomaLEMO USANova Group, Inc.Pacific Union CollegeRedwood Empire Schools Insurance GroupRedwood Regional Medical GroupSanta Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral SurgerySt. Joseph Health, Sonoma CountySutter Pacific Medical FoundationTrinchero Family Estates/Sutter Home WineryW. Bradley ElectricWells Fargo Insurance Services---The Business Journal