SYVCH Auxiliary Celebrates 50 Years of Continued Generosity


The Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Auxiliary celebrated 50 years of volunteer service to the hospital at its annual picnic held in May at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum. A record 110 guests were in attendance to celebrate this momentous occasion, including some of the original 1962 Auxiliary charter members. Speakers told of the many Auxiliary accomplishments over the years-from the $100,000 raised each year by the 'New To You Shop' thrift store and other fundraisers, to the purchase of equipment such as the CT scanner for the hospital. At the event the Auxiliary awarded three $3,000 college scholarships to youth seeking an education in the medical field. The Auxiliary volunteers more than 17,000 hours of service each year, providing staffing support to various hospital departments. 


Standing L to R: Gerda Willis and Marion Petersen (charter members); Betty Petersen and Shelene Petersen (family of Edwina Petersen, 1962 Auxiliary president); Claire Watts (charter member), Tresha Sell (50th Auxiliary president) and Lisa Kekuewa and Keawe Kekuewa (family of Edwina Petersen)


Seated: Olga Klibo and Marie Jaeger (charter members)



New MRI Service In The Valley


Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) is expanding its magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology services. MRIs provide very detailed images of organs, tissues, and structures inside the body and are an important diagnostic tool.


Moving from a contracted, mobile MRI service available twice a week, SYVCH will have a permanent MRI unit open Monday through Friday. A generous grant from The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation provided start-up financing for retrofitting and additional staffing needs, making this expansion of MRI services at SYVCH possible. Market analysis estimates approximately 1,000 patients per year will benefit from the extended services.


As the only location offering MRIs in the Santa Ynez Valley, increasing operation to five days per week will allow residents of the Valley to have additional medical services closer to home.


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