Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley, California—Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) located at 2050 Viborg Road in Solvang celebrated 50 years of community service this year. According to hospital records, the facility then known as Santa Ynez Valley Hospital opened on November 9, 1964, with the arrival of a pharmaceutical license at 10:00 a.m.; and by the end of the day, the first baby had been born and a total of eight patients were admitted. The hospital was funded with a grass roots community effort by a large group of dedicated volunteers spearheaded by the Auxiliary’s fifty-eight Charter Members. More than 1,225 donors contributed $352,391 toward the building of the hospital which boasted an 18,211 square foot facility with 32 patient beds at a final building cost of $487,000.
The hospital provided acute-care services to the residents and visitors of Solvang and the surrounding Santa Ynez Valley and became affiliated with Cottage Health System in April 1995. Today the hospital continues to provide 24-hour emergency services, outpatient surgical services, inpatient care, comprehensive imaging (including MRI, CT, digital mammography, ultrasound, X-ray), laboratory, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and a physicians specialty clinic.
Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital has received many awards over its 50 years of service, yet a very prestigious honor was received in 2014 from the National Rural Health Association as one of the top 20 critical access hospitals in the nation for best practices in patient satisfaction.
To celebrate the hospital’s 50th anniversary, a time capsule containing 50 items from the first 50 years was lowered into the ground adjacent to the hospital’s back patio to be opened in 50 years on November 9, 2064. In celebration, a catered luncheon was held attended by more than 100 guests including hospital staff, Auxiliary volunteers, SYVCH Foundation’s Heritage Circle and local dignitaries. Solvang Mayor Jim Richardson presented a City Proclamation honoring the hospital’s founders, services and dedication to providing health care close to home.
Ron Werft, President and CEO of Cottage Health System remarked, “There was tremendous community pride and accomplishment for the hospital back then when it was first built, and I see that same pride today when I come to the hospital or attend an event here. That spirit of commitment by our dedicated staff and volunteers of this hospital has continued on for 50 years. Thank you for your work and dedication.”
About Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital
Founded in 1964, the not-for-profit Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) provides high quality outpatient surgical services, inpatient care, comprehensive imaging (including MRI, CT, digital mammography, ultrasound, X-ray), on-site laboratory, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, physicians specialty clinic and 24-hour emergency services to the community. Located at 2050 Viborg Road in Solvang, SYVCH is part of the not-for-profit Cottage Health System, which includes Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and its associated Cottage Children’s Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. For more information call 805-688-6431 or visit www.cottagehealthsystem.org