Grateful for medical excellence close to home


After Jack went to the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) Emergency Department for the second time this year, the staff and doctor recognized a possible serious underlying illness.


Thorough diagnostic tests revealed that Jack’s white blood cell count was very low in his bone marrow. This indicated a very serious illness. Jack had a form of leukemia.


The team at SYVCH determined that he needed to begin treatment immediately and explained next steps to Jack and his wife, Gerry. Jack was transferred directly to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (SBCH).




Throughout Jack’s treatment, the McCormacks felt fortunate to have the convenience and comfort of SYVCH’s new infusion suite for the frequent infusions that were necessary. Not having to drive to Santa Barbara for each infusion made the difficult process a little easier.


With Jack’s treatment now complete, he’s doing well. Gerry is particularly thankful for their hometown hospital, remarking, “Without the care and diagnosis that Jack received at SYVCH Emergency Department, he would not be here…the hospital saved Jack’s life. As local residents, we learned firsthand how important it is to have access to excellent medical care close to home.”


Gerry and Jack McCormack, co-founders of the Napa Valley Wine Train, have resided in Santa Ynez Valley for more than two decades.


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