Community Answers Call to Rebuild Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital


Cottage Health System embarked on an ambitious philanthropic campaign in 2004 to build a new, state-of-the-art Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. The goal was to raise $100 million in community support to help pay for the project, which is now estimated to surpass $700 million.


More than 5,500 donors, individuals, corporations, businesses and foundations have recognized the importance of The Campaign for Cottage Health System, and have already answered the call to join in the tremendous effort to help ensure the construction of an exemplary acute medical center that will provide superior quality health care for the entire Central Coast region.


An outpouring of community support allowed the Campaign to achieve a successful conclusion at the end of 2008, raising a total of $110,821,578 over a five-year period.


Largest gifts through December 31, 2008

 • $10 million   Lord Paul* and Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree
 • $7 million    The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation
 • $5.5 million   Mr. & Mrs. Stephen A. Haselton
 • $5 million   The Orfalea Fund
 • $5 million   Mr. & Mrs. Stewart MacDougall
 • $3.2 million   Mr. and Mrs. John Lea
 • $2.5 million   SAGE Publications
 • $2.5 million   Mrs. Lila M. Kommerstad
 • $2.5 million   The Harold McAlister Charitable Foundation
 • $2 million   Mr. and Mrs.* Art J. Bosse
       *  (deceased)

These donors were responsible for providing $45.5 million towards the Campaign.

In addition, some 25 individuals, foundations, and corporations made contributions of more than $1 million. CHS staff also rose to the occasion:  280 physicians donated $1.5 million, and SBCH employees gave $554,000.


“Being a part of a community-wide effort to ensure the highest quality of healthcare services for our community has been a privilege. Few activities are more rewarding than to work with others to help provide a new hospital, ideally designed and equipped to deliver essential and vital medical services to each of us, our families and all those with whom we share life in this beautiful environment,” said Peter MacDougall, Chair of the Campaign Cabinet.


Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital touches thousands of lives each and every day. The hospital annually admits more than 18,000 patients (including those admitted at Cottage Children’s Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital), welcomed 2,800 newborns and treated 38,600 in its emergency department/trauma center.


“The generous community response to The Campaign for Cottage Health System has verified the heart, compassion and genuine concern shared by thousands of our friends, neighbors, and fellow residents,” Dr. MacDougall continued. “To see how broadly and generously the community responded to the opportunity to provide a new hospital for current and future generations has been inspiring.”


The rebuilding of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital began in 2005. Currently, construction of approximately 70 percent of the new hospital is underway, and the first two patient care pavilions will be completed in 2011.


Although The Campaign for Cottage Health System has concluded, the hospital continues to seek gifts and grants in support of the construction of its new patient care facilities and the medical equipment and technology associated with the rebuilding project.  On an ongoing basis, Cottage Health System will continue dialogue with the community regarding its long-range planning to ensure superior health care for the Central Coast for generations to come.


  January 2008




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