Thursday, January 05, 2006

Fairfield Getting New Health-Care Facility

Fairfield Getting New Health-Care Facility
By Nathan Halverson

FAIRFIELD - NorthBay Healthcare Services will open a new 12,000-square-foot facility at the corner of Martin and Hilborn roads. The company leased space in a building slated to be completed this summer.

The medical facility will initially house a family practitioner, a pediatrician and a doctor of internal medicine, along with about 15 employees. It is expected to open in September.

Eventually the office will likely hold eight physicians and 40 employees.

"As the need grows, we will add new physicians," said Joanie Erickson, spokeswoman for the health-care provider.

NorthBay Healthcare Services already operates two hospitals and two primary care facilities. The new facility is intended to compliment the existing primary care offices in Vacaville and Green Valley.

NorthBay also recently leased, with the option to buy, a 20-acre parcel in Green Valley where it will build a new corporate office complex and conference center. The current proposal is for that office to be about 65,000 square feet. Construction will likely begin in one to two years.

The 20-acre site will also facilitate the building of a new hospital.

"Solano is growing very rapidly and we believe the time is coming that people will not have to leave the county for some of the more advanced health-care technology," Erickson said.

The proposed hospital would be built in five to seven years, said Bill Hawn, president of NorthBay Health Advantage.

The one-level building that will house the new health-care office in Fairfield will be part of a future mixed-use business park, Highland Corporate Center, which will include five buildings totaling 151,000 square feet.

The business complex will contain medical, retail, office and commercial space.

Sacramento-based Panattoni Development Co. is developing the project.

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