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Lovelace Fund for Medical Excellence

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The Lovelace Fund for Medical Excellence was established in 2012 by the Sansum Clinic Board of Trustees as a tribute to the late Jon Lovelace and the Lovelace Family for their visionary support of Sansum Clinic.

This fund encompasses two important programs, the Physician Housing Program and the Facility Improvement Program.

Physician Housing Program
Through the issuance of shared-appreciation home loans, the Physician Housing Program is able to assist new physicians with the purchase of homes which they would otherwise find unaffordable in our high-priced real estate market.  Since the inception of the program in 2006, Sansum Clinic has used this special program to attract 18 highly skilled physicians in a broad range of specialties and practice areas. 

In 2014, those physicians saw 20,140 unique patients at 38,222 appointments in Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedics, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Rheumatology, Urology and Ophthalmology.

The program has been designed to be a revolving fund, whereby the proceeds from future home sales will be used to repay outstanding loans and will flow back into the program, where they can be used again to help future physicians meet their housing needs. 

Facility Improvement Program
This program assists us in modernizing our facilities to enhance our patients’ experience and support our ongoing efforts to attract the highest caliber physicians from around the United States.  The upgrade of our 215 Pesetas Lane Clinic is part of our long-range facility plan designed to better serve the needs of the community. 

This work not only means that the aesthetics of the Pesetas building will now meet the design standards we set with the Foothill campus, but also that we are providing greater access to care through the expansion of Primary Care and Urgent Care services.  We will double our Urgent Care capacity and employ new patient workflows for greater efficiency and service.  This upgrade also allows for growth of our Women’s Health Program with the installation of two new 3-D mammography machines. 

In addition, this expansion will allow us the opportunity to provide a resource not previously available in our community – a medical facility capable of providing ambulatory care and triage following an environmental disaster.  By equipping the new Urgent Care with dedicated back up power, we stand prepared to partner in our community’s medical response in the case of wide-spread power failure or emergency.

How You Can Help
The Lovelace Fund for Medical Excellence enables Sansum Clinic to keep pace with the rapidly changing healthcare environment, and anticipating the community’s needs so that we can provide the best medical care possible for our patients and the community…now and into the future. 

If you are interesting in supporting the Lovelace Fund for Medical Excellence please contact
Dru A. Hartley, Director of Philanthropy at (805) 681-7726 or

You may also download this form and mail it to:

Dru A. Hartley
Director of Philanthropy
Sansum Clinic
P.O. Box 1200
Santa Barbara, CA 93102-1200



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