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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation Completes $500,000 Pink Ribbon Campaign

The Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation has successfully completed its Pink Ribbon Campaign to raise $500,000 to support the Breast Care Initiative at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital.


Through the support of donations from the community, the SYVCH Foundation matched a $250,000 grant from The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation that enabled the purchase of a new state-of-the-art digital mammography system for the hospital.

The Pink Ribbon Campaign began in 2009 and was led by a committee that included co-chairs Tresha Sell and Gerry Shepherd (both directors of the SYVCH Foundation), Puck Erickson-Lohnas, Judy Canby and Pat Simon.

“Digital Mammography has become the industry standard for breast mammography. We are fortunate to have the generous support of The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation and Valley residents,” said Wende Cappetta, vice president at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital. “We now provide our community with the highest quality of care in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer. We are extremely grateful for the community’s support.”

Digital mammography services and the new medical/surgical and advanced imaging wing were opened on March 2011 to serve patients. Appointments for digital screening mammograms can be scheduled by contacting the SYVCH Radiology Department at (805) 686-3967.

About Cottage Health System

The not-for-profit Cottage Health System includes 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.

Last year, the Cottage hospitals provided inpatient care for 21,000 people, treated 65,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,500 newborns.

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