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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, May 11, 2015

Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Rededicated Today

CAPTION: Hundreds attended the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Rededication & Community Celebration today (Saturday, May 9, 2015) in Solvang. The staff, physicians, volunteers, donors and area leaders celebrated the completion of the hospital’s $12 million state-mandated seismic upgrade and renovation project and have rededicated the facility to the community. (Hi-res images available upon request from laura@mariahmarketing.com)

Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley, California—Today, Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., more than 200 members of the public, hospital staff, physicians, volunteers and donors attended the Rededication & Community Celebration at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital located at 2050 Viborg Road in Solvang.

Wende Cappetta, Vice President of Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital said “We celebrate the completion of the hospital’s $12 million state-mandated seismic upgrade and renovation project and have rededicated the facility to our community who gave generously helping us reach our $7 million goal; and our partners, Cottage Health System, who funded the remaining $5 million. Thank you to the community for your tremendous support!”

Guests learned about the hospital facilities and services and enjoyed complimentary refreshments during the event. The rededication ceremony began at 1:30 p.m. and featured Cottage Health System Board of Directors Chair Robert E.M. Nourse, Cottage Health System President & CEO Ron Werft, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Vice President Wende Cappetta and St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Rector The Rev. Randall Day.

Beginning in 1962, the hospital was funded with a grass roots community effort by a large group of dedicated volunteers spearheaded by the Auxiliary’s 58 Charter Members. More than 1,225 donors contributed $352,391 toward the building of an 18,211 square foot facility with 32 patient beds at a final building cost of $487,000. 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 became affiliated with Cottage Health System in April 1995 and the name changed to Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital. In 2014, the hospital had 90 employees that provided 660 days of in-patient care and handled 7,238 visits to the Emergency Department.

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.

The not-for-profit Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) located at 2050 Viborg Road in Solvang, 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. SYVCH is part of 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 and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital—guided by a volunteer board of directors from the greater Santa Barbara community. Last year, the Cottage hospitals provided inpatient care for 20,000 people, treated 72,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,400 newborns. For more information, call 805-688-6431 or visit www.cottagehealthsystem.org

Contact

June Martin, Foundation Administrator; (805)686-3972 or j2martin@sbch.org

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