The Cox gift—comprised of a $50,000 cash gift along with $50,000 of in-kind services—is part of the Campaign’s Corporate Partner Program, co-chaired by volunteer leaders Jim Knight and Craig Zimmerman.
According to Diane Wisby, Vice President, “As the newest member of our Corporate Partner Program, Cox Communications, by working in partnership with us, exemplifies best what organizations can accomplish when they work together. In tandem, we can better meet a pressing community need, in this case, building an acute care community hospital that will serve not only our local work force and community residents but generations to come.”
“The Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital is an important part of our community, and Cox Communications is proud to support the hospital so that it can continue to provide critical and life-saving health services to those in need,” said Dave Bialis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cox Communications’ operations in California, which includes Santa Barbara. “We’re excited to watch this incredible new hospital be built in the heart of the Goleta Valley.”
Cottage Health System is in the process of building a new Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital to meet California’s requirements to withstand a major earthquake and to provide a larger facility designed to accommodate the medical technologies that have evolved during the past decades. The rebuild will also position the hospital and Cottage Health System to respond to the growing health care needs of the region.
The new, two-story hospital will have a total of 152,000 square feet and is expected to be completed in 2014. Plans include more than doubling the size of the Emergency Department and expanding both the Surgical Services Department and the Center for Wound Management. The new facility will improve patient privacy by providing all private rooms.
Although the state is requiring the work, it is providing no funding to help hospitals reach this goal originally set for 2013. There is also no funding coming from any local or national agency.
The new Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital has an estimated total cost of $114 million. Funds to pay for the rebuild will come from hospital operations, tax-exempt bonds and community donations.
About Cottage Health System
The not-for-profit Cottage Health System—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—is guided by a volunteer board of directors from the greater-Santa Barbara community. Last year, the Cottage hospitals provided inpatient care for 21,000 people, treated 66,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,600 newborns.
About Cox Communications
Award-winning Cox Communications is a full-service telecommunications provider of voice, video and data services. Operating in Santa Barbara County since 1971, Cox offers the latest in digital and high definition cable television, high speed Internet, local and long distance telephone service, digital video recorder service and On Demand programming. Commercial voice and data services are offered via Cox Business; advertising and promotional opportunities are available through Cox Media; and Cox Communications Santa Barbara produces Cox 8. For more information, visit www.cox.com.