Fall 2013


Dear Physician Colleagues,


Welcome to Cottage Children’s Hospital magazine, a biannual publication that introduces you to our physicians and helps you become more familiar with our programs and scope of services. Cottage Children’s Hospital (CCH) provides comprehensive care to ill and injured infants, children, and adolescents through our neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, acute inpatient pediatric services, and outpatient subspecialty clinics.


We are especially pleased to report two significant accomplishments by our physicians and staff in 2013. CCH’s three hospital-based outpatient clinics in hematology-oncology, gastroenterology, and endocrinology were named Special Care Centers by the California Children’s Services (CCS) program.


This means children with acute and chronic diseases specific to these three specialties will no longer have to travel to Los Angeles or beyond to obtain comprehensive care.  In addition, under the leadership of Dr. Steve Kaminski, Medical Director of Trauma Services, we have been verified as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. This makes CCH the first and only pediatric trauma center on the Central Coast. More information on both of these accomplishments follows here >>.


CCH is also a proud member of the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA). As a member of CHA, we are joined by over 220 other children’s hospitals from across the country with the purpose of enhancing the care of hospitalized pediatric patients.


I hope you will take the opportunity to enjoy this publication, and to contact us if we can be of service to you and the children to whom you provide care.




Curtis B. Pickert, M.D.
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Chief of Medical Services
Medical Director, PICU and Acute Pediatrics
Cottage Children’s Hospital
Santa Barbara


Fall 2013 Issue

Breastfeeding and Drug Use

Christophe LeRenard, MD

Recognizing MTBI

Mehrdad Mehr, MD

Flu Season

Heather Hindo, MD

Communicating for Better Care

Kathy Lou Reynolds, MD, and
Gina Randall, RN

CCH Verified as Pediatric Trauma Center; Clinics Designated Special Care Centers

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