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Cottage Health to relocate rehabilitation hospital to Goleta

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital gym
Cottage Health

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Cottage Health plans to move their Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital to the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital.

They made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

They will be moving the facility in order to create a new and expanded rehabilitation center.

The rehabilitation center treats a wide range of patients including patients with brain and spinal cord injury, stroke and stroke-related disorders, musculoskeletal dysfunction, chronic pain and other neurological and complex orthopedic conditions.

The new location will accommodate 30 patients in all private inpatient rooms.

Next to the inpatient unit will be two separate gym spaces and outdoor patios. There will be enhancements to the facility including built-in patient lifts and ancillary services such as imaging, lab, pharmacy and dietary to offer patient room service.

The outpatient services will be relocated in a larger space directly adjacent to the existing outpatient therapy at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. This is to create a close by therapy space with greater capacity.

Cottage will also be putting in a new, state-of-the-art aquatic center that will offer therapy programs.

The hospital is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, or CARF, for its Brain Injury Specialty Programs, Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs, and Stroke Specialty Programs.

Cottage Health says they have served Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties for over 60 years. They say they are Central Coast’s premier provider of medical rehabilitation services including physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, neuropsychology, recreational therapy services and specialized rehabilitation nursing.

“Our goal is to create an outstanding new CRH to serve our community into the future. Our patient-centered rehabilitation hospital will continue to provide the best clinical services and amenities to include inpatient and outpatient services and a new aquatic center. There will be more space to bring in future technologies and programs,” said Arie Dejong, Vice President of Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, CRH & Therapy Services.

Dejong says the final design work, approvals and construction will take approximately four years, with the target move in date at the end of 2023.

The Medical Director of Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Dr. Sharon Basham says that by moving the rehabilitation center to the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital area, "It will offer the rehabilitation center additional clinical services onsite to support patient needs, such as the emergency medicine, imaging, pharmacy, wound care and surgical services." She also mentions how the open spaces will provide healing to patients.

Cottage says that philanthropic support will be an important for the new project. Their fundraising plans include opportunities to recognize and honor leading donors whose contributions advance Cottage’s rehabilitation capabilities.

Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital will continue to provide current patient care programs including its 24-hour emergency department, surgical services, Center for Orthopedics and Ridley-Tree Center for Wound Management.

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