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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Saturday, August 13, 2011

New Directors at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation

Five new members have joined the all volunteer Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.


Karen Hickman – Ms. Hickman is a registered principal with SagePoint Financial, Inc. She is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Montecito and currently serves on the board of Future Leaders of America. Ms. Hickman lives in Santa Barbara.

Lailan McGrath – Mrs. McGrath is an account manager for 3inc. A Creative Group. She is also on the campaign cabinet for Jodi House and has served on the boards of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and DARE. Ms. McGrath lives in Carpinteria.

Judy Smith – Mrs. Smith is a community volunteer who serves on the boards for Braille Auxiliary and Opera Santa Barbara. She is a past president of CAMA and current chair of its governance committee. She lives in Santa Barbara.

Susan Jorden Tuthill – Mrs. Tuthill is the owner of Susan Jorden Designs and a partner of Angeles Management Co. LLC. She is a past treasurer of CAMA Associates and member of the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Tiara Ball committee. Mrs. Tuthill lives in Santa Barbara.

Bill Werts – Mr. Werts is a photographer and commercial film director with 3inc. A Creative Group and a commercial film director with WertsFilms. Mr. Werts lives in Carpinteria.

Current officers and directors include Jim Whilt, chair; Ashley Parker Snider, past chair; Herbert Tews, vice chair; Paul Graziano, secretary; David Powdrell, treasurer; Aaron Spechler, member at large; Melinda Staveley, president; and Tyson Blades, Allan Ghitterman, and Babji Mesipam, MD.

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, formerly the Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, was established in 2007 to support community outreach programs and services of the not-for-profit Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital. Last year, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital provided inpatient care for 600 people and more than 10,000 treatments though the Keck Center for Outpatient Services.

About Cottage Health System

The not-for-profit Cottage Health System is the parent organization of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and its associated Cottage Children’s Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital; Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital; and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital.

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