Cottage Dedicates Pediatric Clinic to Grotenhuis Family

In appreciation of a $1 million gift from David and Anna Grotenhuis of Montecito to support  The Campaign for Cottage Health System, the Cottage Children's Hospital pediatric outpatient clinic has been dedicated with a new name: The Grotenhuis Pediatric Multispeciality Clinic at Cottage Children's Hospital.

The pediatric clinic is the first outpatient center for pediatric multi-specialty treatment in Santa Barbara County. Here, specialists like Dr. Drew Kelts, Dr. Daniel Greenfield and Dr. Heather Hindo, along with other doctors who will be joining the team soon, provide comprehensive outpatient treatment for children battling cancer and blood diseases, disorders affecting the digestive system, kidney disease, pediatric infections and wounds.  It also houses the High Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic, where neonatologists treat designated high risk infants recently released from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and follow their progress for three years.

The dedication ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at the pediatric clinic located at 2329 Oak Park Lane in Santa Barbara, directly across the street from where the new Santa Barbara Cottage hospital is being constructed.

David Grotenhuis founded Grotenhuis Investments, a Santa Barbara-based real estate development company, in 1979 and continues as its president.  He is founder and partner of Santa Barbara Capital with his former college roommate Wayne Siemens. Santa Barbara Capital has a long history of investments and real estate development throughout the region.
Anna Grotenhuis serves on the boards of the Westmont College Foundation and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

The Grotenhuises have resided in Montecito for a number of years. Mr. Grotenhuis, who originally moved to Santa Barbara in 1959 to attend Westmont College, said that he felt strongly about giving back to the community that helped contribute to his business success.

The pediatric care at Cottage Children's Hospital holds special meaning for the couple as their granddaughter Abigail Grotenhuis was a patient in the hospital's NICU in 2003.

"Dr. Steve Barkley and the NICU nurses literally saved our granddaughter's life," said Mrs. Grotenhuis. "The level of expertise was superior. It had a huge impact on our family as Abigail was in the NICU for more than 30 days after she was born."

The Grotenhuises also are pleased that the pediatric outpatient clinic will serve children of all economic levels, ensuring that all young patients will receive the care they need.

Cottage Children's Hospital, which is a separate hospital housed within Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, has the only pediatric intensive care unit, the only inpatient pediatric hematology/oncology center, a dedicated inpatient pediatric unit, and the only Level III NICU in the area.

"I am very grateful for this opportunity to honor (David and Anna Grotenhuis) for all they have done for us, their family and friends, and for all the children who will benefit from the treatment they will receive at this clinic which now bears their name," J. Robert Andrews, chairman of the Board of Directors of Cottage Health System, said during the dedication ceremony.

"This really is cause for celebration," added Ron Werft, president and CEO of Cottage Health System. "I would just like to add my personal thanks to Anna and David for their generosity and vision and for helping Cottage in our mission of providing medical excellence close to home."