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Founding Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital ‘Reaching Higher Together’ with $130 Million Campaign | Press Releases

Posted May 19, 2022
| 09:00

The Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation announced the public phase of “Reaching Higher Together: The Cottage Campaign for Excellence” with $15 million remaining to be raised by December 31.

The $130 million campaign is designed to strengthen patient care programs, fuel innovation and respond to healthcare challenges while maintaining Cottage Health’s state-of-the-art facilities and exceptional level of care.

The campaign is guided by a simple and powerful vision to provide the best health care in the country. To date, more than 4,000 individual donors, corporations, foundations and other organizations have donated more than $115 million to Cottage during the campaign’s “silent phase.”

“This massive fundraising campaign supports our mission to provide high quality health care and improve the health of our communities. The generosity of so many of our friends and supporters is remarkable – it’s an example of people coming together to care for each other,” said Ron Werft, President and CEO of Cottage Health.

What the campaign will do

Reaching Higher Together supports capital projects, enhances clinical programs and services, advances research, and funds endowments for teaching and research initiatives. This campaign will fuel innovation in four strategic areas, including:

» Emergency, Trauma and Critical Care: includes doubling the size of the emergency department, upgrading equipment and technology, and preparing the hospital for major emergencies.

» Cottage Children’s Medical Center: A new, expanded pediatric outpatient clinic offering medical specialties to meet the needs of Central Coast children, including cardiology, oncology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and diabetes care. The campaign will also provide expanded patient and family assistance programs, including a new foster home to serve more families of patients who need overnight accommodations while a child is hospitalized.

» Education, Research and Clinical Care: A new simulation training center with high-tech interactive teaching capabilities. Plus, investments in clinical care, research, nursing, leadership and physician education, including a new pediatric residency program.

» Population Health: Investments to expand partnerships and collaborations, particularly to support the most vulnerable in our community, break the cycle of homelessness, improve access to care for the underserved, and reduce long-term impacts. long-term childhood trauma.

Every donation to Reaching Higher Together improves care, accelerates potential healings, and helps us find answers and create treatments and solutions that strengthen our local communities.

How the community can help

Jelinda DeVorzon and Greg Faulkner, both longtime volunteers and Cottage supporters, are co-chairs of the Reaching Higher Together campaign. It is also led by a campaign task force made up of philanthropists, volunteer community leaders and Cottage representatives.

“This campaign is already having a significant impact on Cottage’s ability to serve people in our community,” said Steve Zola, Chairman of the Board of Cottage Health. “We are grateful to everyone who chooses to participate in this campaign by making philanthropic investments to help improve facilities, fund new programs and strengthen health care for our future.”

The Reaching Higher Together campaign coincides with a historic milestone. In December last year, Cottage celebrated 130 years of continuous service to the community. It also symbolizes the legacy of philanthropy that began 130 years ago when Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital opened its doors through the vision and generosity of the Santa Barbara community.

“It’s not just large donations that make us successful,” said David Dietrich, vice president for advancement. “We are grateful to all of our donors – every donation makes a difference and helps fuel our mission and commitment to helping people live better lives.”

For more information about the campaign and to reach higher together for community health, click here or call 805.879.8980.