The New Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital


Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital is getting a complete update and renovation to provide patients a more comfortable and serene place for healing. Hospital staff, community volunteers and HBE architects collaborated to plan enhancements for this small, rural hospital.

  • The Emergency Department is doubling in size to eight treatment rooms
  • An additional 10,000 square feet is being added for patient care areas, including an updated imaging department with new equipment to include a 16-slice CT scanner
  • Improved floorplans will improve access for patients and visitors and improve efficiencies for staff.
  • Increased emphasis on landscaping, green space and private garden patios will offer patients, visitors and staff an improved healing environment


Construction Updates

New Wing Open

Campaign Success

The landscape plan features green space and flowering shade trees. Outside each patient room in the new Medical/Surgical Unit will be a private garden with an enclosed patio, offering patients and their visitors calming views of nature and a quiet place for respite outdoors.

Expanding in capacity and capabilities, the new Radiology/Imaging Suite will offer updated equipment, including a new CT scanner, to provide a wider range of diagnostic tests on site.


While the hospital is undergoing retrofitting, it is still offering complete health care, including:

  • 24-hour Emergency Department
  • Radiology services, including a mobile MRI on-site every Friday
  • Surgical services
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • Laboratory services
  • Nutrition services
  • Inpatient care
  • On-site visiting physician specialty clinics

How is the building project being funded? 

  • $5 million from Cottage Health System
  • $7 million in new philanthropic support from the community
    (includes a $1 million commitment from the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation)

The Valley community enthusiastically responded to the need for philanthropic support for the project.  A challenge grant from the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation -- matching donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $500,000 -- helped the Campaign meet its goal by the end of 2008.