Cottage Health Honors Volunteers

By Giving List Staff   |   May 5, 2023

After a three-year pause during the pandemic, the Cottage Health Volunteer Awards Luncheon was back in person this past April at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort.

Over the past year, 450 Cottage volunteers have donated close to 95,000 hours of service at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital.

Cottage volunteers serve across nearly every department, including Emergency, Surgery, Intensive Care, Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Wound Care.

Ron Werft, President & CEO of Cottage Health, praised the vital work of volunteers during the awards luncheon with 150 volunteers in attendance.

“As volunteers, you have chosen to generously share your gifts, and we are all better because of you,” Mr. Werft said.  “Your service is seen through every area of Cottage Health, and you are truly part of the care team.”

Special recognition and a lifetime recognition award were presented to Toni Straka for her 62 years and 15,578 hours of volunteer service at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

“Being at Cottage is a highlight of my week,” Ms. Straka said.  “I look forward to meeting and working with wonderful people. Whether it is an easy day or one with many challenges, my goal is to leave with a smile on my face to mirror the smile of others..”

Cottage also awarded five $3,000 academic scholarships to Santa Ynez Valley High School students who plan to pursue their dreams of careers in healthcare. The recipients were Gabriel Rodriguez, Chase Sylvia, Diana Corona, Allison Linane and Jazmin Gonzalez Salinas.


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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. 

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