Spring 2013


Dear fellow community members,


Even as we look back at the extraordinary accomplishments of 2012, we never stop set- ting new goals and striving to better the health of our community members and the services our hospitals can offer with new technology, research and with the philanthropic support of many who are recognized in these pages.


Entering my third year on the Board of Directors, now in the new role of Chair, I continue to appreciate the guiding vision and breadth of knowledge brought by our elected board members and physician leadership and by the executive staff of Cottage Health System. It is my privilege to collaborate with these talented and diverse individuals who are dedicated to meeting today’s healthcare needs,


Board Chair Robert E.M. Nourse; CEO Ron Werft; and Chiefs of Staff Laurel Hansch, MD (SYVCH), Babji Mesipam, MD (SBCH), and Julio Soares, MD (GVCH)

anticipating the challenges ahead, and working to ensure that future generations can carry forward a strong, sustainable and fiscally sound not-for-profit healthcare system for everyone on the Central Coast. Making Cottage exceptional for every patient is the focus of all that we do.


Patient satisfaction scores at the highest levels among peer hospitals and overall infection rates well below national benchmarks are a testament to the physicians, volunteers and staff who work each day to put patients first at our hospitals. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I welcome your feedback as we plan for the future and provide stewardship for the legacy left by those who preceded us. We are honored to serve this community. We value your trust and confidence, and we are grateful for your continued support.


Robert E.M. Nourse
Chair, Board of Directors
Cottage Health System


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