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Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital completes construction of new buildings

Posted at 2:05 PM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-10 22:03:30-04

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital showed off its recently completed renovations on Wednesday.

The final phase of new construction at the hospital includes approximately 134,000 square feet of added space and 90 beds in two new pavilions. The third floor of the pavilions is the new home of Cottage Children’s Medical Center.

The oncology and dialysis units will also be moved into the new pavilions.

Other renovations include an expansion of the emergency department with 24 private rooms and a new CT scanner and X-ray unit, and the first floor now includes an amphitheater and museum.

“The physical environment is beautiful and healing and rewarding, but the real work that goes on is the work that continues on by the staff that provide care for patients in the community every day,” said Steve Fellows, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cottage Health.

The rebuilding of the hospital came as the result of state law that required all hospitals be retrofitted or rebuilt to withstand a 7.0 earthquake. Construction work began in 2005. Cottage Health says the rebuilding effort has totaled more than $820 million.

Patients and staff are expected to move into the new pavilions on November 4.

The new Cottage Children’s Medical Center at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. (KSBY photo)