Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Auxiliary Honors Volunteers

Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley, California—Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) Auxiliary with its 207 members provided more than 18,500 hours of volunteer service last year to the hospital located at 2050 Viborg Road in Solvang. According to SYVCH Vice President Wende Cappetta, “We are so grateful to all the Auxiliary members who share their time and talents to benefit our hospital and the community. Their dedication is to be applauded!”

At the annual “Thank You Picnic” held recently at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum, Auxiliary members were honored for their cumulative hours of volunteerism. Special recognition pin and charms were given to 69 volunteers that had achieved specific levels of service.

The top honorees for life-time service were Pat Foxen, (13,844 hours), Jo Daly (8,953 hours), Don Foxen (8,124 hours), Ira Rogers (6,601 hours), Edna Nesky (6,256 hours), Patty Rogers (5,977 hours) and Sandy Riches (5,650 hours). Also awarded were 3,500-hour charms to Marilou Blackstock, Barbara Breza, Lorna Hansen, Aileen Ransom and Evelyn Waer; and 2,500-hour charms to Pat Opp, Jeanette Willemsen and Gerda Willis. Many 400-hour, 700-hour, 1,000-hour, 1,500-hour and 2,000-hour charms were also given as well as 100-hour pins were awarded. All total, these dedicated volunteers logged more than 18,500 hours valued at an estimated $426,000 in labor cost.

Founded in 1962, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Auxiliary is an all-volunteer organization providing more than 18,500 service hours annually to the hospital. The auxiliary members operate the New to You Shop at 1689 Oak Street in Solvang (opened in 1963), work shifts in the hospital at the front desk and other areas, and participate in fundraising events, such as the annual Fashion Show all to support the hospital’s mission of medical excellence close to home.

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


June Martin, SYVCH Foundation Administrator; (805)686-3972 or
Maria Zate, Manager of Marketing & Public Affairs, Cottage Health System; (805)879-8986 or
Laura Kath, SYVCH Foundation Public Relations Coordinator; (805)344-1717 or

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