SANTA BARBARA –Richard Ponce, MD, has joined the volunteer Board of Directors of Cottage Health.
A native of Santa Paula, Calif., Dr. Ponce received his undergraduate degree in psychobiology from University of California, Los Angeles, and his medical degree from University of California, San Francisco. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at UCLA and was a chief resident.
Dr. Ponce joined Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara in 1993 and was head of the Pesetas Clinic Internal Medicine department for 20 years. He is a current member and past president of the Santa Barbara County Medical Society, and Castle Connolly recognized him with a Top Doctor award in 2014.
Members of the Cottage Health Board of Directors serve without compensation to guide the not-for-profit hospitals in the mission to provide superior health care through a commitment to our communities and to our core values of excellence, integrity and compassion.
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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 Hospital, 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.