Prepared When It Matters Most

By Giving List Staff   |   October 18, 2021

On California’s Central Coast, Cottage Health has earned the reputation of providing premier medical care and the most comprehensive health services in the region.

Cottage offers exceptional care to more than 80,000 patients each year at its three acute care hospitals, children’s medical center, rehabilitation hospital, and multiple Urgent Care centers and medical clinics. The Cottage medical staff includes nearly 700 physicians providing inpatient hospital care to over 20,000 people annually.

“Cottage Health is a referral center caring for patients throughout the region, and our neighbors have this level of medical excellence close to home,” says Vice President for Advancement David Dietrich. “Cottage offers an extensive range of specialties and services including a Level 1 Trauma Center, three 24/7 emergency departments, a Heart and Vascular Center, a Center for Orthopedics, a Neurosciences Institute with certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, acute rehabilitation and therapy services, a broad array of pediatric programs, and more. To assure its commitment to quality and patient safety, Cottage continually benchmarks its programs against the best hospitals in the country.” 

Those benchmarks show Cottage Health has succeeded, as its hospitals routinely figure in the top 10 percent of government ratings nationwide in terms of patient care. In 2019, the research firm Great Place to Work ranked it number 10 in America as one of The Best Places to Work in healthcare.

Cottage Health has maintained this same high standard of quality and safety throughout the pandemic, as its hospitals have responded to surges of COVID patients in need of acute medical support. Thanks to new construction at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, including advanced air handling systems, the hospital has been able to create COVID-19 isolation units that have proven highly effective in preventing disease transmission. 

“The modern design of our all-private-room hospital has enabled us to care for COVID patients in a very safe way, while also protecting non-COVID patients and caregiving staff,” Dietrich says. “And we are so fortunate to have exceptional physician leaders in diagnostic testing and infectious disease management who work alongside executive leadership, nursing professionals, and other caregivers to keep our hospitals safe.”

When the COVID vaccine arrived, Cottage created a drive-through vaccination clinic adjacent to its Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital campus – providing 100,000 COVID vaccines to community members.

A big reason why Cottage Health was ready when it mattered most is a legacy of community and donor support that dates back to 1891, when Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital first opened. The hospital will mark 130 years of continuous service on December 8, 2021.

“We are blessed to live and work in a community of caring, generous people who have helped build and sustain the strength of our hospitals,” Dietrich says.


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A New Home for Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital (CRH) is moving from its current De la Vina Street location to state-of-the-art space on the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital campus to provide patients with:  

•spacious, private rooms for comfort and healing 

•expanded inpatient and outpatient therapy areas  

•new outdoor aquatic therapy center

•therapeutic and healing gardens

The project will exceed $40M and the Foundations at CRH and GVCH are collaborating to raise at least $15M through the new ‘Rebuild & Renew’ Campaign.

Generous community participation is essential. 

To learn about giving opportunities and how this campaign will strengthen Cottage’s ability to serve our community please call (805) 660-2496 or visit

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