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Clinical Quality

Cottage Health System publishes infection rate data and quality measures on its website, with results that are better than national benchmarks in almost every category.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital was a pioneer in sepsis treatment protocol, with its “Slay Sepsis” program. The national mortality rate for patients with severe sepsis is 27.3 percent; at SBCH, the mortality rate for those patients is 3 percent.

Points of Pride

•  Clinical Quality / Awards

•  Scope of Services

•  New Facilities


Patient satisfaction rates for emergency care and inpatient care at all Cottage Health System hospitals exceed national averages.


SBCH is a county-designated Heart Attack (STEMI) Receiving Center. The Heart and Vascular Center at SBCH is a nationally recognized regional destination for cardiovascular expertise and medical management of complex heart and vascular conditions.


Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and Santa Barbara County Emergency Medical Services Agency. Our expected versus actual outcomes are superior relative to others nationally. In 2012, there were 1,617 patients who initiated a full trauma center response. About 980 of those patients were admitted to the hospital. Many of those critically ill patients who were not expected to live survived, thanks to the care of the SBCH trauma team.



Award Highlights

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) has recognized SBCH as 1 of 37 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals nationwide that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care.

The Heart and Vascular Center at SBCH received designation as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care. The Blue Distinction Centers recognition program was developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield to identify hospitals with proven expertise in delivering specialty care.


The Cottage Center for Orthopedics (GVCH and SBCH) has earned the Joint Commission’s Certification for knee and hip surgery, and is a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement programs.


The Trauma Program received certification of the Pediatric Trauma Program as a Level II site. It was only the 7th hospital in California to receive the designation.

The Level II Trauma Center at SBCH has superior outcomes, helping many critically ill patients survive. SBCH is also a trauma research facility, making significant contributions to the emergency medicine field.


The Neuroscience Institute  at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has once again earned Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers from the Joint Commission.

The Center for Wound Management at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital has earned the Joint Commission’s Wound Care Certification. It is now one of only three centers in California and 1 of 21 in the nation that have earned this prestigious designation.


For its commitment to patient safety reporting and outcomes, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital was selected as a Mentor Hospital by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. This means that the hospital has demonstrated outstanding improvement in reducing patient harm, and is encouraged to share its strategies for improvement with other hospitals.

Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital received the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Award for Patient Satisfaction, and the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for patient satisfaction in the Emergency Room.


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