Eye Center Dedication Recognizes
$5 Million Donation
In appreciation of a $5 million gift from Stewart and Louisa MacDougall of Montecito in support of The Campaign for Cottage Heath System, the Eye Center, located in the historic Knapp Building, has been dedicated the Stewart and Louisa MacDougall Eye Center of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. The MacDougall gift will support construction, repair and maintenance needs of the Eye Center, including the acquisition of important medical equipment.
Mr. and Mrs. MacDougall divide their time between homes in Montecito and Nantucket Island. The author of ten golf books, Stewart is an industrial and architectural designer of golf equipment, marine equipment, furniture, home architecture and sculpture.
The Stewart and Louisa MacDougall Eye Center is the only hospital-based surgical and diagnostic ophthalmological unit on the Central Coast, covering a wide spectrum of ophthalmological care, including Posterior Vitrectomy for treatment of Retina disease and detachment, corneal transplants, glaucoma surgery, pediatric eye procedures, treatment of eye trauma, laser procedures and cataract surgery with intraocular lens implant. Using state-of-the-art technology, the Eye Center staff work closely with ophthalmologists to ensure that each patient receives the specialized care required to meet his or her unique needs.
“The Cottage Eye Center has provided excellent care to our community and our family, and we would especially like to acknowledge the professionalism and expertise of Dr. Stuart Winthrop and to thank him for the wonderful gift he has given to us: the preservation of Louisa’s vision,” said Mr. MacDougall. “Cottage Health System is committed to providing the highest level of medical care to our region, and we are pleased to be able to participate in the Campaign to rebuild Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.”
The Campaign for Cottage Health System is the largest and most ambitious community philanthropic effort in the hospital’s history and will help pay for the more than $700 million replacement of Santa Barbara’s only acute-care hospital. The phased construction project is under way at the site of the original hospital of the early 1890s. When completed, the new hospital will meet the new unfunded seismic safety requirements set by the state for all California hospitals.
The not-for-profit Cottage Health System -- the parent organization of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and its associated Cottage Children’s Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital -- is guided by a 20-member volunteer board of directors from the greater-Santa Barbara community.
Last year, the Cottage hospitals provided inpatient care for 21,000 people, treated 63,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,800 newborns.