101 Years of Groundbreaking Medical Excellence

By Giving List Staff   |   November 26, 2022
Kurt N. Ransohoff, MD, FACP, CEO and Chief Medical Officer, and Marjorie Newman, MD, Medical Director, led Sansum Clinic's many contributions to the community throughout the pandemic, a time which encompassed the Clinic's 100th year of providing expert care to patients.

Take a look at any person in front or back of you in line at the grocery store, and chances are one of them is a patient of Sansum Clinic.

No wonder. 

Sansum Clinic remains the largest independent nonprofit outpatient healthcare organization between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, Sansum Clinic cares for more than 123,000 patients annually, across 23 different locations on the Central Coast, spanning more than 50 specialties and service lines. 

Our Pediatrics Department has board-certified pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, and medical staff members who provide compassionate care for infants, children, and young adults.

“One out of two people in southern Santa Barbara County come to Sansum Clinic,” says Director of Marketing Jill Fonte. “We offer the full breadth of healthcare services. We take care of patients throughout their lifetime, with everything from pediatrics to geriatrics.” 

But numbers are just part of the story. Sansum Clinic’s commitment to ensuring the latest technology and treatments are available for its patients helps to keep Santa Barbara as advanced in medical sciences as much larger cities. 

From its top-of-the-line surgery centers and imaging machines to the world-class Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, investments in infrastructure and innovation are the organization’s hallmark.

This approach also extends to customer service via the most evolved forms of digital and virtual patient communication, including Telehealth and MyChart to the WELL™ text platform to better connect with patients. 

“As always, our greatest asset is our people – the 220+ physicians and more than 1,200 staff members,” says Kurt N. Ransohoff, MD, FACP, and Sansum Clinic’s CEO and Chief Medical Officer. “Together, we are committed to delivering on our mission of providing an excellent healthcare experience, recognizing our first priority is the patients we serve.”

Sansum Clinic’s leadership is particularly proud of how the organization simultaneously fought COVID-19 while still delivering essential care for the community. That included creating countless vaccine clinics staffed by an army of doctors, nurses and medical assistants, and running the county’s first drive-up appointment-based COVID-19 testing operation, all while demonstrating a capacity to uphold the highest standards of quality, ethics, and professionalism across all of the clinic. 

With COVID-19 appearing to be more manageable, Sansum Clinic is excited to turn its focus to planning and preparing to care for the community for another 100 years. 


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Each one of the doctors I interface with has such concern for me. They follow the needs of their patients, and it’s like I am part of the team, and we are all working together,” describes Marilyn Gilbert. “Sansum Clinic has kept me alive and feeling good, and kept me full of life.
Marilyn Gilbert
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New Projects Underway for Which We Could Use Community Support to Help Position Us for Our Continued Success in the Future

Continued growth and constant upgrading are hallmarks of Sansum Clinic: One recent example is the expansion of the Foothill Surgery Center from four to six outpatient surgery operating rooms. 

Another advancement is a new Breast Imaging Center slated to open mid-2023.

The Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics Department will soon open in a new location offering expanded aesthetics services. Recruitment of new physicians and advanced practice providers will remain a focus as we continue to expand services. Similarly, technology is always evolving, and there is a constant need for the latest equipment, such as upgraded CT and MRI scanners, endoscopes, and ultrasound machines.                 

“As a nonprofit organization dedicated to healthcare in an era of economic headwinds, our commitment to providing exceptional care relies, increasingly, on the generosity of our donors,” says Kurt N. Ransohoff, MD, FACP, and Sansum Clinic’s CEO and chief medical officer. “Your investment can make a critical difference as we plan and prepare to deliver services for the next 100 years.”

Key Supporters 2021

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Susie and Riley Bechtel
James S. Bower Foundation
Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara
La Centra-Sumerlin Foundation
Susie and Ted Cronin
Roberta and Stan Fishman
J & J Family Foundation
Julie and Jamie Kellner
The Kemmerer Family Foundation
Manitou Fund
Julie Nadel
Dr. Nancy O’Reilly
Natalie Orfalea Foundation
and Lou Buglioli
Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree
Bobbie and Eddie Rosenblatt
Mike and Shannon Sanders
Mary Lynn and Warren Staley
The Wolf Family Foundation