June 28, 2013
ROHNERT PARK — San Francisco Federal Reserve President John Williams told a group of hundreds of Sonoma County business leaders today the central bank’s efforts to push down long-term interest rates could start tapering later this year, citing his forecast for lower unemployment and other improving economic indicators.
June 3, 2013
SANTA ROSA — The long-awaited arrival of Aurora Behavioral Healthcare’s 95-bed, acute-care psychiatric hospital in western Santa Rosa is drawing ever closer, with the opening pegged for late June, according to its chief executive officer.
Upon opening, Aurora’s facility at Fulton and Guerneville roads will replace inpatient mental health services absent from Sonoma County since 2008, fulfilling a significant void in the region and helping to ease the strain placed on emergency rooms throughout the North Coast, health official said.
February 19, 2013
Several North Bay restaurants and restaurateurs have been nominated as semifinalists in the James Beard Awards, a prestigious national recognition in the food and beverage industries.
February 4, 2013
In its first month since getting state approval for expansion last fall, Sacramento-based HMO Western Health Advantage said it has enrolled some 750 persons into new employer health plans across Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties.
December 17, 2012
Three North Bay hospitals received “A” grades for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, considered the industry standard for hospital surveys. Kaiser Permanente hospitals in San Rafael and Santa Rosa and St. Joseph Health-operated Petaluma Valley Hospital each received the ranking from the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. …
Sound Physicians, a Tacoma-based hospitalist organization, announced an agreement to provide comprehensive hospitalist services at Sonoma Valley Hospital. …
Operation Access, a nonprofit whose mission is to mobilize a network of medical volunteers, hospitals and community health centers to provide access to surgeons for low-income and uninsured people, recently held its celebration of volunteers at Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma. …
Partnership Health Plan of California recently honored the Petaluma Health Center for achieving 100 percent of the nonprofit, managed Medi-Cal health plans’ goals. …
Sutter Health announced the appointment of Stephen Nolte as chief executive officer of Sutter’s recently announced health plan, which is currently in development in Sacramento. …
St. Helena Hospital recently raised $1.5 million at its annual foundation gala held at Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville. …
State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, plans to introduce legislation that would expand the powers of nurse practitioners, pharmacists and other health care workers as a means to address a shortage of primary care physicians, a problem that experts have long warned will be exacerbated by health care reform. …
December 13, 2012
NAPA — Just two years after receiving a significant funding boost from a tourism improvement district, tourism in the Napa Valley continues to see an upward trajectory, with a flurry of new events that attract visitors year-round while helping to further establish a regional brand, officials said Thursday.
December 10, 2012
PETALUMA — Redwood Community Health Coalition recently took part in a pilot project testing a mobile health application that enrolls patients in public assistance programs, a potentially pivotal development for the public health sector. The accelerating convergence of mobile technology and health care will likely open new avenues of access to underserved populations, which could in turn help states with implementing key pieces of health care reform, officials said.
December 10, 2012
Firma Design Group announced Jerry Novak, P.E., has joined its team in Novato. …
Enphase Energy, Inc. hired several new executives: Ciaran Fox, vice president of quality and reliability; Martin Rogers, vice president of customer service and support; and Steve Lapointe; vice president of human resources. Vice President of Engineering Dennis Hollenbeck retired. …
Napa Valley’s Arrow&Branch Estate Vineyard named Pamela Jessup-Carter as director of sales. …
Miljenko “Mike” Grgich was among several California winemakers represented when the Smithsonian National Museum of American History opened its first major exhibition on food history. …
December 3, 2012
Santa Rosa-based Zainer Rinehart Clarke CPAs announced the addition Dale Brown, Bob Holder and Danielle Sandoval, formerly of Brown Holder Alfaro & Co. in St. Helena. …
Tony Bartenetti has been named executive vice president at Sonoma-based Nelson, a move driven by the company’s geographic expansion. …
Mavrik North America of Santa Rosa appointed Kevin Wilkinson to oversee engineering and fabrication operations for its wine making technologies and equipment. …
DH Wine Compliance in Santa Rosa announced the addition of Milli Conover, who will lead the operational reporting department as a reporting specialist, and Alissa De La Riva as a senior compliance specialist. …
November 27, 2012
NAPA — Gaw Van Male, a Napa-based law firm that specializes in business law, estate planning and related litigation, announced it has added six attorneys as it seeks to secure its rank as one of the top firms in the North Bay.
November 26, 2012
Western Health Advantage formally filed plans with the state to be a part of Covered California, the state’s online health exchange that will go live in 2014 as part of the federal health care reform bill, the Affordable Care Act. …
On the federal level, the Obama Administration last week issued a host of new rules and details on how insurers can structure benefits and premiums beginning in 2014. …
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company announced the appointment of Travis Bethune to the position of vice president, distribution management and services leader. …
November 16, 2012
NAPA — The city and county governments of Napa today said they have begun to jointly develop an agreement to address concerns related to the city’s potential future annexation of the planned commercial and residential development known as Napa Pipe, along with the sharing of tax revenue and service responsibilities at the site.
November 16, 2012
Unemployment rates for North Bay counties were largely unchanged in October from the month before, but Sonoma County continued to lead all of California in job growth, helping the entire North Bay grow by 2.5 percent from the previous October, according to state figures released this morning.
November 14, 2012
NAPA — For the second year, a food and wine festival that boasts some of those industries’ highest-profile chefs and winemakers is aimed at attracting visitors to Napa Valley and providing an economic boost to the region during the tourism off-season.
The five-day Flavor Napa Valley festival at Silverado Resort & Spa near Napa and the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena starts today.
November 12, 2012
The political and legal challenges to federal health reform may finally be settled with the reelection of President Obama and the Supreme Court’s upholding of the Affordable Care Act, but, even with that seeming sense of finality, a host of challenges lay ahead for all levels of the industry.
November 5, 2012
ST. HELENA — Adventist Health’s St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley campus is in the midst of a $20 million upgrade that will both add capacity and bring much-needed enhancements to patient care, hospital officials said.
October 25, 2012
Eleven North Bay restaurants received the industry’s highest rating– the Michelin star — with two Napa Valley restaurants maintaining a three-star rating and nine others earning the one-star rating.
October 24, 2012
NAPA — Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation today announced it received an $11 million gift from the Herman family, the largest gift in the hospital’s history.
With the most recent gift, the foundation has raised $21.8 million of the $30 million capital campaign goal.
September 17, 2012
Amid an uncertain political climate in Washington, estate tax attorneys are urging clients to plan now, before a bevy of favorable rates expire at the end of this year.
September 10, 2012
NAPA — The Napa River Inn recently received approval from the City Council to add 26 new rooms and a third story to the property, which will enable the hotel to begin preliminary site work while it awaits state approval.