Sunday, October 22 , 2017, 12:23 am | Fair 53º

Posted on August 22, 2014 | 6:57 p.m.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Named Among Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in U.S.

Source: Maria Zate for Cottage Health System

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has been named one of the “Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S.”  in 2014, marking the first time that the hospital has received this award in the annual list compiled by Soliant Health.

“With an innovative healing arts collection and ‘River of Life’ fountain that flows through the gardens of the hospital’s new Spanish Colonial inpatient wing, this Santa Barbara landmark accomplishes one of the great triumphs of hospital architecture: Letting you forget that you’re in a hospital,” Soliant Health stated in its official announcement of the award.

“We are honored to be named one of the most beautiful hospitals in America,” said Ron Werft, president and CEO of Cottage Health System, the parent organization for Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. “While our physicians, nurses and staff strive every day to provide our patients with the best possible care, the unique and relaxing environment at the new Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is designed to offer our patients the best possible setting in which to heal.”

The new hospital, which opened in February 2012, is part of an estimated $700 million project to replace all inpatient care facilities. The architectural design features natural light, increased green space and environmentally sensitive elements that are both patient- and family-friendly and representative of the Spanish Colonial style for which the Santa Barbara community is so well known. The last phases of the construction project, estimated to be completed in 2017, include demolishing and rebuilding part of the existing hospital building, which will connect to the new buildings.

For the sixth year in a row, Soliant Health, one of the country’s largest health-care staffing companies, turned to hospital staff, patients and supporters to help choose the top 20 hospitals worthy of “Most Beautiful Hospital in the U.S.” distinction. A record-breaking 250,000 total votes nationwide were received this year.

In addition to this recent award, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital also holds several distinctions for clinical excellence. The hospital has again earned verification as a Level 2 trauma center and a Level 2 pediatric trauma center by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes the hospital’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured adult and pediatric patients.

— Maria Zate is the manager of marketing and public affairs for Cottage Health System.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >