Santa Barbara Beautiful Recognizes New Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital


The New Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital received Santa Barbara Beautiful's President's Award at its 48th Annual Awards Event on September 30.


Cottage Health System is honored by this award, but shares the recognition with hundreds of individuals and organizations who contributed to the planning, design, financing, construction, and ongoing maintenance of our extraordinary new hospital.


Below is Santa Barbara Beautiful's description of the New SBCH:



COTTAGE HEALTH SYSTEM'S newly-minted healing environment features natural light, increased green space, fountains, artworks, both outdoor friendly and within, culled from regional artists, water features and fountains, undulating multi-level gardens, and environmentally sensitive elements.



The architectural design references the Spanish Colonial style for which our community is noted and the facility itself has been built to be both patient, staff, and visitor-friendly. There are also contemporary and other old-world traditional elements within the design that become wonderful surprises. These multiple architectural and landscape highlights include an entry fountain at the drop off area, welcoming visitors into the structure and a cloistered garden creating a meditative area for a peaceful and tranquil experience.


Cottage Health System has also designed and built a daycare complex  that takes a whimsical approach to a variety of architectural styles between buildings with a central shared play area. Within the main hospital building, state of the art facilities include an expanded acute ca re area, a pediatric clinic nestled among roof gardens, high tech operating suites, and sophisticated patient rooms, which even allow family visitors to stay with patients. These are few of the many stellar interior features developed for the facility.



A river of life water feature runs between the buildings that allow views to green space from multiple perspectives. The gardens are impeccably maintained, showing off the fauna and flora that thrives in our Mediterranean climate. Drip irrigation, using reclaimed water, helps to conserve precious water resources.


An unparalleled regional art program [Healing Arts] has been developed where sculptures within gardens and art on the walls echoes the Santa Barbara experience. Collected from locally based artists, the work incorporates themes based on the Central Coast experience. A public park area has also been included to the delight of the neighborhood.


A true community resource, the revitalized Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has been many years in the making, funded by in a large part by the Campaign for Cottage Health System. That illustrious group was spearheaded by some of our previous honorees, Lady Lesley Ridley-Tree and Michael Towbes, among others.


All these elements have come together to convey a place of extraordinary healing for local residents and the patients Cottage serves from a wide region. This extensive project is a superlative community resource that is a deserving recipient of the Santa Barbara Beautiful President's Award.