Excellence   –   Integrity   –   Compassion



Our History

Since its opening on December 8, 1891, when Santa Barbara’s population was less than 5,000, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has provided high quality, community focused care and has operated as a not-for-profit — founded, built and supported by the community it serves. Today our hospitals — in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and the Santa Ynez Valley — provide a comprehensive range of services and are consistently ranked among the most efficiently managed healthcare providers in California.


Our Community

A volunteer board of directors brings a breadth of expertise to providing strategic direction and fiscal management for the System.

These women and men are not paid for their service and leadership in support of our hospitals. For more than a century, the vision of the board has helped to keep Cottage strong. More than 1,000 community members volunteer at our hospitals. The value of their volunteer hours exceeds $3.5 million annually.


Points of Pride

•  Clinical Quality / Awards

•  Scope of Services

•  New Facilities


Recent capital campaigns through the hospital foundations reflect strong community support for the rebuilding of our hospitals, with more than 6,725 donors and campaign totals of $110 million for SBCH, $7.5 million for SYVCH, and $14 million for GVCH.


Our communities continue to support Cottage Health System, with more than $15 million donated through our philanthropic foundations in 2013.


Educating Future Caregivers

More than 225 students have completed the San Marcos High School Health Careers Academy, which includes an internship at SBCH. Cottage strongly supports nursing education in our community through partnerships with Santa Barbara City College and with CSU Channel Islands, which offers a BSN program for 66 students.

SBCH is a teaching hospital, with 53 physicians in residence for education in radiology, internal medicine, and surgery. in 2013, more than 600 applicants competed for three surgical residency positions at SBCH.



Cottage is the region’s largest private employer, with 3,500 employees. The health system is designated an American Heart Association “Fit Friendly” workplace and offers childcare services. More than 81 employees have affordable homes at Bella Riviera, a development initiated by the SBCH Foundation.


More than 650 physicians serve on the medical staff of Cottage hospitals.


Community Outreach

Through charity care, shortfalls in government reimbursement and a broad array of community programs, Cottage Health System annually provides approximately $144 million in services for the benefit of those most in need.


In 2013, Cottage Health System provided a total of $640,000 in grants to not-for-profit community organizations providing health and wellness services in our communities.



More Points of Pride:
Clinical Quality and Awards >>