PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cottage Health President and CEO Ron Werft Awarded Fellowship to Study Health Care in Europe

SANTA BARBARA – Ron Werft, President and CEO of Cottage Health, has been awarded the 2015 Walker-Sullivan Fellowship.

Presented by California Health Foundation & Trust, based in Sacramento, the award is given to recognize outstanding health care leaders who are willing to study health care in one or more foreign countries.

Fellows are required to prepare summary reports for the Foundation as well as the California Hospital Association. The objective of the study is to compare and contrast health care delivery and responsibility in other nations, and how these methods might have application in the United States.

Werft will focus his fellowship on population health and end-of-life care. His intensive study will begin in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He then will travel to Bratislava, Slovakia; followed by Oslo, Norway; and then London, England. The trip is sponsored by the California Health Foundation & Trust.

“I am deeply honored to have been selected as a Walker-Sullivan Fellow. This is a rare opportunity to be able to learn first-hand from health care leaders in other countries, and to exchange ideas and share experiences with them,” said Werft, who joined Cottage in 1987 and has been its President and CEO since 2000.

Other fellowship award recipients in past years have included Thomas Priselac, President and CEO of Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles; and Dr. Steven Packer, President and CEO of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.

About Cottage Health
The not-for-profit Cottage Health is the leader in providing advanced medical care to the Central Coast region. Our specialties include the Cottage Children’s Medical Center, Level 2 Trauma Center, Neuroscience Institute, Heart & Vascular Center, Center for Orthopedics, and Rehabilitation Hospital. Our medical staff is comprised of more than 700 physicians, including many subspecialists found at academic medical centers. Last year, the Cottage Health hospitals in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley provided inpatient care for 20,000 people, treated 72,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,400 newborns.


Maria Zate/Public Affairs
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