Then, 37th District Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) presented an official California State Assembly proclamation to Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) Vice President Wende Cappetta, Cottage Health System Executive Vice-President/COO Steven Fellows and Robin Knauss, MD, Medical Director of the SYVCH Emergency Department, and hospital staff, SYVCH Foundation board members and SYVCH Auxiliary volunteers assembled on the grounds of the hospital located at 2050 Viborg Road in Solvang.

Assemblymember Williams presented the official proclamation in recognition of Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital’s achievements of 15 consecutive quarters of Patient Satisfaction rated above 97% in the Emergency Department; and for overall ranking among the top 41 hospitals where patients said their pain was “always” well controlled per Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey.

SYVCH Vice-President Wende Cappetta remarked, “Thank you so much for presenting us with this proclamation. It means so much to all of us to have you recognize our commitment to excellence. We are very proud to have achieved 97% patient satisfaction and top scores in patient pain management; and are proud to have you here celebrating with us.”


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 24/7 emergency services to the community. Located at 2050 Viborg Road in Solvang, SYVCH is part of the Cottage Health System family, which includes Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Cottage Children’s Hospital, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital.

For more information call 805-688-6431 or contact:

Wende Cappetta SYVCH Vice-President, (805)686-3971 or

June Martin, SYVCH Foundation Administrator; (805)686-3972 or

Maria Zate, Manager of Marketing & Public Affairs, Cottage Health System; (805)879-8980 or

Laura Kath, SYVCHF Public Relations Coordinator; (805)344-1717 or

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