Sansum Clinic and Towbes Group to Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Outpatient Medical and Surgical Center

“This is a significant time in the history of our Clinic. There are many changes taking place in the healthcare industry. This new center will enable us to prepare for the future needs of the community by expanding access to quality care in modern facilities with the latest equipment and technology,” said Kurt N. Ransohoff, MD, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Sansum Clinic.

The Sansum Clinic Foothill Medical Center will consist of two buildings of approximately 60,000 square feet of medical office space. The larger building along Foothill Road will have medical offices and an ambulatory surgery center, which will enable Sansum Clinic to align departments with similar needs strategically under one roof. The smaller building at the southeast corner of the lot will house the Sansum Clinic Eye Care Center.

The Center will provide patients with personalized care in a multi-specialty facility equipped with the most advanced technology and will enable the Clinic to continue to recruit the best and the brightest healthcare professionals from across the nation.The medical center was designed by local architect Richard Six of Lenvik & Minor Architects, whose other designs include Lazy Acres, Loreto Plaza and Ralph’s downtown.

The approval process included annexation of the property to the City of Santa Barbara. Construction will take place throughout 2013,with an anticipated opening in mid 2014.

Before building a multi-specialty clinic in Lompoc in 2003, the last facility Sansum Clinic built from the ground up was the multi-specialty clinic at317 W. Pueblo Street in 1976.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 12 at 4151 Foothill Road. Speakers will include Michael Towbes, chairman and owner of the Towbes Group, Kurt N. Ransohoff, MD, and Mayor Pro Tempore, Randy Rowse

About Sansum Clinic:

Sansum Clinic was the first multi-specialty clinic on the west coast and is the largest independent nonprofit healthcare organization between the Los Angeles Basin and the San Francisco Bay Area. With more than 180 affiliated physicians, Sansum Clinic provides the full spectrum of healthcare services, from primary care to more than 30 specialties. Sansum Clinic serves more than 150,000 patients (600,000 visits) annually at our 21 patient care facilities between Carpinteria and Santa Maria. Sansum Clinic can be found online at

About The Towbes Group, Inc.:

The Towbes Group, Inc. is a Santa Barbara based construction, developmentand asset management company. It develops, owns and manages quality residential, commercial, industrial and retail properties throughout the tri-counties. The company has developed more than 6,000 residential units and over 1.4 million square feet of commercial properties. It currently manages over 1.8 million square feet of commercial space, including offices, light industrial and retail uses, and approximately 2,500 apartment, condominium and mobile home units.


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