In the 1960s, a massive grassroots initiative took place within Santa Barbara County. Spearheaded by 58 determined volunteers, a town’s mission attracted a total of 1,225 donors contributing $352,391 toward an 18,211 square-foot facility. The goal: to erect a hospital in the town of Solvang. On November 9, 1964 this goal was realized when, at 10 a.m., the erected hospital was granted its pharmaceutical license. Not 24 hours had eclipsed until the first baby was born inside the doors of the new building.
From its first day, to the present, the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital has been devoted to the safe delivery of new life, the protection of life in peril, and the care of life in need of assistance. To celebrate the momentous benefits the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital provides to the community, the hospital recently hosted a barbecue for hospital staff, Auxiliary volunteers and SYVCH Foundation members—it was as much an internal celebration for the hospital as it was an external celebration.
Currently, the hospital offers quality inpatient and outpatient services, comprehensive imaging (including MRI, CT, digital mammography, ultrasound, X-ray), outpatient infusion suite, on-site laboratory, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, physicians’ specialty clinic and 24-hour emergency services to the residents and visitors of the Santa Ynez Valley. These services—coupled with the fact that the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital was named one of the best critical access hospitals for patient satisfaction in the nation during 2015 and 2016 by the National Rural Health Association—ensures that this hospital is one not only geared to assisting any ailment a patient might have but also committed to having a patient leave with a smile.