The mission of Cottage Health System is to provide superior health care through a commitment to our communities and to our core values.

  • Excellence -- What we do
  • Integrity -- How we do it
  • Compassion -- Why we do

The not-for-profit Cottage Health System (CHS) consists of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (SBCH), founded in 1888 and today the largest acute-care facility of its kind between Los Angeles and the Bay Area. A leading trauma center and teaching hospital serving the Central Coast, SBCH offers a unique range of services for a community of its size, among them advanced pediatric programs (Cottage Children's Hospital), interventional cardiology/cardiovascular surgery, neuroscience/stroke services, minimally invasive surgery, and inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation services (Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital).


CHS also includes Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (founded in 1964, and affiliated with Cottage in 1995) offering inpatient/outpatient services and surgery, radiology services, a physician specialist clinic and 24-hour emergency services for Valley residents; and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital (founded in 1966 and affiliated with Cottage in 1996), offering inpatient/outpatient services and surgery, a busy emergency department, and unique programs for wound management, breast care, and subacute patients. Pacific Diagnostic Laboratories (PDL), a fully owned subsidiary of CHS since 2009, offers complete outpatient laboratory testing at a number of locations in the region.

Bella Riviera, at the former St. Francis Hospital site, was initiated by the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation (SBCH Foundation) as a means of providing affordable homes to meet the housing demands faced by those employed by the Cottage Health System.  Our goal is to improve CHS's ability to attract and retain medical professionals in order to preserve the high quality of health care in the greater Santa Barbara community. To learn more about this program, visit:

The SBCH Foundation has formed an entity called the Villa Riviera Real Estate Company (VRE) to develop the newly named Bella Riviera. VRE has contracted with Irvine-based SL Residential (SLR) to build the Bella Riviera condominiums and market the units for sale. The project consists of the demolition of the former St. Francis campus buildings and the construction of 115 townhomes on the approximately 5.9 acre site. SBCH Foundation is undertaking this project in order to provide 81 affordable homes to our employees. The homes will be built using the Santa Barbara Built-Green "3-star" rating.

The purposes and strengths of this unique project include increasing the supply of affordable quality homes, retaining existing Cottage employees and recruiting medical professionals to our community.


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