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The Lovelace Fund for Medical Excellence is used for programs that assist Sansum Clinic in the recruitment and retention of physicians, including the Physician Housing and the Facility Improvement Programs.  It is also used for other endeavors which are deemed to ensure medical excellence for our patients.  

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

In addition to the Lovelace Family we also receive support from a number of other community contributors, including our Trustees who have embraced the vision of the Lovelace Family in supporting Sansum Clinic.  

The Lovelace Fund for Medical Excellence and the Physician Housing and Facility Improvement Programs help provide a lasting legacy to Sansum Clinic and Santa Barbara and the more than 130,000 patients who trust us with their medical care each year.  It also enables the Clinic to keep pace with the rapidly changing healthcare environment, and anticipating the community’s needs.  

Physician Housing Program

The very generous financial support of the Lovelace Family has been instrumental in the recruitment and retention of highly skilled physicians in a broad range of specialties and practice areas coming to Santa Barbara through our innovative Physician Housing Program.  

This program assists new physicians in obtaining shared appreciation loans to help with the purchase of homes in our high-priced real estate market.  The 26 physicians who used loans last year saw 37,034 unique patients at 91,298 patient visits in Cardiology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pulmonary/Critical Care and Rheumatology.    

A Cardiologist named Physician of the Year by Cottage Health and another Cardiologist was a Pacific Coast Business Times Healthcare Champion. 
The physician housing program has been designed to be a revolving fund, whereby the proceeds from future home sales will be used to repay outstanding loans and 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.  We refreshed our clinic at 317 West Pueblo Street and relocated certain departments to provide additional capacity and improved access to timely appointments.  

For information about the Lovelace Fund for Medical Excellence or to make a gift of support please contact Dru A. Hartley, Director of Philanthropy at Sansum Clinic at (805) 681-7726, dhartley@sansumclinic.org

  

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