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Lovelace Fund

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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 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 123,327 patients who trusted us with their medical care last 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.

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.

In 2021 there were 36 physicians in the loan program who saw 33,173 unique patients at 80,975 patient visits in specialties that included Cardiology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Hospitalists, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Pain Management, Palliative Care, Psychiatry, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Rheumatology, Surgery, Surgical Oncology and Urology. One of these physicians was selected by Pacific Coast Business Times in 2021 as Healthcare Champion

Already in 2022 we have extended loan offers to eight physicians. Physicians have 18 months in which to use the loan and loans range from $200,000 to $300,000.

In our high priced real estate market our new physicians are experiencing some challenges finding affordable homes. No sooner does a home go on the market than there are many offers and most offers are well over the asking price. Some are renting while they take the time to find the right home for their family. There are even challenges in the rental market. 

This program remains one of our highest priorities as it enables us to continue to attract top caliber physicians from around the United States to provide the best medical care possible for our patients and the and into the future.

We recently established a similar program for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, which will enable the Clinic to provide more team-based care for patients. 

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 have some new projects underway that will help to position us for continued success in the future. We are expanding our Foothill Surgery Center from four operating rooms to six to meet the growing demand for outpatient surgery. We are creating a dedicated Breast Imaging Center to enhance the experience of the tens of thousands of patients who come to us for breast imaging each year. We are considering an expansion of our services in Solvang to ensure patients in the Santa Ynez Valley have better access to the high quality healthcare we provide.

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,


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