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Bilingual Volunteers Needed for Vaccine Clinics

As vaccination efforts begin ramping up, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics will be holding vaccine clinics more frequently. Please contact Taryn Ouellette at (805) 963-1174 if you are interested in becoming a bilingual vaccine clinic volunteer. Right now there are two a week at various locations, but they hope to ramp up to five a week. 65% of patients are Spanish speakers. Over the last two years, SB Neighborhood Clinics have served 30,000 patients, which means 60,000 patients will need to be vaccinated. Visit sbclinics.org for more information about Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics. 

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics Receives Consecutive 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Six Consecutive Years

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) is again proud to announce our sixth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Less than 12% of charities receive six consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics continues to demonstrate strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. 

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. On June 1, 2016, Charity Navigator upgraded their methodology for rating each charity’s financial health. These enhancements further substantiate the financial health of the 4-star charities. 

“This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “We are proud to announce Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics has earned our sixth consecutive 4-star rating. This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way,” 

“Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics.” 

The pandemic has challenged us like never before. Thanks to our amazing clinical staff, in collaboration with the skilled support staff and led by our competent administration leadership and selfless, dedicated volunteer board, we have remained open to serve our patients with respect and compassion as we struggled with this enormous challenge.” states Charles Fenzi, MD, CEO/CMO.” 

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics rating, and other information about charitable giving, are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org. More-detailed information about Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

About SBNC

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics is comprised of two dental clinics, four medical clinics, and three intermittent clinics, all offering behavioral health services, that served over 22,000 individuals in the community over the past year and is an independent, nonprofit health-care organization dedicated to providing high quality, affordable, medical, dental and behavioral healthcare to those in need in Santa Barbara County, regardless of one’s ability to pay, in an environment that fosters respect, compassion and dignity.

About Charity Navigator 

Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America’s charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

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.

Community Health Requires Healthcare for All

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics is the south county’s firewall against communal public health threats. 

Every year, its eight clinics in Isla Vista, Goleta, and Santa Barbara serve more than 22,000 people, 91% of whom are low- income and often lack adequate resources to pay for care. The clinics’ physicians, physician assistants, dentists, and nurse practitioners provide a wide range of primary care from substance use treatment to managing chronic illness and behavioral health. 

“This is the best job I have ever had,” says CEO and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Charles Fenzi. “The folks we are taking care of are so grateful that we are here. And I get to rub elbows with such passionate and dedicated people.” 

Fenzi, a family medicine doctor, spends one day a week seeing patients in an effort to keep up with his highly qualified medical staff. 

All services are provided on a sliding scale, so that everyone who comes through the doors is provided “high quality, comprehensive, affordable healthcare… regardless of their ability to pay, in an environment that fosters respect, compassion, and dignity.” 

Without the neighborhood clinics – many of these patients wouldn’t have many other options for care other than the emergency room. 

“The ER is very expensive,” Fenzi says. “You have no continuity, and it’s not a place where you can provide care for people with chronic health conditions.”

Inasmuch, the role Neighborhood Clinics plays in helping the patients it does extends to the whole community. “If you can’t provide access to everyone in the community, you simply won’t have a healthy community.” 

For the first six months of 2021, Fenzi is focused on “a triple target to keep essential workers healthy”: managing chronic health conditions, ensuring children are vaccinated, and when a COVID-19 vaccine is developed, administering it to the thousands of patients he and his colleagues see. 

As the on-the-ground provider for so many uninsured, undocumented essential workers, Fenzi and the clinics will have to show people that it is safe to take a new vaccine and will be a lead agency administering the vaccinations themselves.