2012 – A Year in Review

2012 Highlights


Nursing Program Opens Doors
CSU Channel Islands and Cottage Health System welcomed the first students into the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, the only one in Santa Barbara County.



Patients Move into New Hospital
After two years of planning and more than 13,000 hours of training, staff and volunteers moved the first patients into the new Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. The new facility offers patients a healing environment with advanced medical technology including integrated operating rooms and specialized intensive care beds. SBCH also began operating a helipad, saving precious time in transporting critically ill and injured patients.



Auxiliary Celebrates 50 Years
The Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Auxiliary celebrated 50 years of volunteer service to the hospital. The Auxiliary provided more than 17,000 hours of volunteer ser- vice in 2012 and raises approximately $100,000 annually to support the purchase of hospital equipment.



GVCH Campaign Surpasses Fundraising Goal
The Campaign for the new Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital exceeded the fundraising goal of $14 million with a campaign total of $14.3 million. Currently under construction with an estimated completion date of spring 2014, the new GVCH will include all private rooms with room service meals, a new emergency department with twice the current capacity, and expanded inpatient, surgery and wound management capacity.



Bella Riviera Residents Move in
The first residents moved into Bella Riviera, a collection of 115 stunning professional and traditional town- homes built to attract and retain medical professionals and preserve the high quality of health care in the greater Santa Barbara community.



Five Years with CRH
Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital (CRH) celebrated five years as a part of Cottage Health System. CRH is a program of SBCH, providing state-of- the-art physical medicine and rehabilitation care for the community.



NICU Celebrates 25 years
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit turned 25 in December. Since 1987, NICU staff has cared for more than 8,200 infants in the region’s only Level III NICU.



Infection Prevention
Rates for inpatient and outpatient surgical site infections reached 75% below the national rate, while central line-associated (intravenous) infections have been reduced to zero in the Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units for more than a year. Overall infection rates are well below the national average.


2012 Awards & Recognition


The Breast Care Center at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital was designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.



Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, recognizing the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients according to evidence-based guidelines.



Cottage Center for Orthopedics at SBCH and GVCH earned Joint Commission certification as well as the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center award based on quality for both the hip and knee replacement programs. They were also awarded a distinction for spine surgery at SBCH from Blue Cross and Blue Shield.



The new Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital was the recipient of Santa Barbara Beautiful’s President’s Award for its healing environment and architectural design.



Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Emergency Department received the Patient Satisfaction Achievement Award for earning a Patient Satisfaction rating of 97% or higher for 15 consecutive quarters.


  The Center for Wound Management was named a Center of Distinction by Healogics for its outstanding performance in healing outcomes, patient satisfaction, and number of days to heal.


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