In 1888, a group of 50 Santa Barbara women recognized it was time for the growing community to have a hospital — a not-for-profit facility dedicated to the well-being and good health of all residents, regardless of one’s ability to pay.


Today, Cottage Health System stands as the single not-for-profit provider of acute hospital care in the greater Santa Barbara region. We are mindful of the weight that responsibility bears, and recognize that it comes with an unwavering duty to provide both clinical excellence and unparalleled service to our communities.


Our mission is to serve our community with excellence, integrity, and compassion. Every day we touch thousands of lives in many different ways, resolute in our mission to put patients first.


Whether it's our exclusive designation as the only cardiac STEMI receiving station in the South Coast or our commitment to stroke prevention and treatment, we move swiftly in emergencies when every minute counts.

Our Hospitals

Santa Barbara
Cottage Hospital


Including Cottage Children's Hospital


and Cottage
Rehabilitation Hospital

Goleta Valley
Cottage Hospital

Santa  Ynez Valley
Cottage Hospital



Cottage Health System formed in 1996 as the not-for-profit parent organization of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and its affiliated Cottage Children’s Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, and Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital.


CHS is guided by a volunteer board of directors from the greater Santa Barbara community and provides the residents of the Central and South Coast with exemplary health care, continuous improvements in medical practice, and a commitment to our communities.


With a combined total of more than 20,000 annual admissions, 68,000 annual ER visits and 2,300 births each year, Cottage Health System hospitals excel at patient care and patient satisfaction. CHS has a uniquely comprehensive range of services for a hospital system serving a region and population of our size. We provide renowned maternal-child and pediatric services; comprehensive cardiac, neurosurgical, and oncology programs; emergency services; Level II Trauma Center; and outpatient services that include sophisticated diagnostic radiology, outpatient surgery, psychiatric and chemical dependency services, and a comprehensive eye center.


Our medical staff of more than 700 physicians includes specialists in all major clinical areas, many of whom participate in the training and education of some of the top medical residents in the country in our internal medicine, general surgery, and radiology residency programs.