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Medical Excellence in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara offers a temperate climate for yearlong enjoyment of ocean and mountain recreation, world-renowned arts, and a topflight university. It’s also home to a premier regional health system.

Founded by 50 community volunteers in 1888, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has grown into Cottage Health, now including three acute care hospitals, a children’s medical center, a medical rehabilitation hospital and multiple Urgent Care centers and specialty clinics. Cottage Health reaches across the region to uplift the health of the entire population.

More than 700 physicians on Cottage Health’s medical staff help patients with specialized care – from pediatrics to neuroscience and vascular health. Cottage is also a teaching hospital and a career destination for residents from the world’s top medical schools. Cottage quality is recognized in government ratings that put Cottage hospitals among the top 10% of all hospitals in terms of patient care nationwide.

In 2019, Cottage Health provided inpatient care for 21,000 individuals, treated 80,000 patients in its three emergency departments, and helped mothers deliver 2,100 newborns. And that was all within the walls of its hospitals in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and the Santa Ynez Valley. 

The health system now reaches beyond those walls, recognizing that good health starts outside the hospital. The Cottage Center for Population Health works to improve the health and wellness of the entire community, focusing on equity for the most vulnerable – in the hospitals and in the community. The Center brings together partners – schools, government agencies, community organizations, and employers – creating collaborations for sustainable wellness initiatives.