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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 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 33 physicians who have benefited from having access to these loans saw 41,963 unique patients at 108,885 patient visits last year in specialties including Cardiology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Hematology/Oncology, Hospitalists, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pain Management, Palliative Care, Psychiatry, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Rheumatology and Surgical Oncology.

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.

One physician was among one of four Physicians of the Year at Cottage Health in recognition of his exemplary performance. Another physician was selected by the graduates as Teacher of the Year at the General Surgery Residency Program Graduation.  


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 recently refreshed our Neurology, Optometry and Dermatology departments at 317 West Pueblo Street. In June 2020, our Physical Therapy (PT) department moved from the Foothill Medical and Surgical Center to a new modern facility designed specifically to meet the needs of our broad range of PT patients at 5385 Hollister Avenue. The move of PT has allowed us to expand our busy Urology department into the space that PT vacated, and we plan to increase our Foothill Surgery Center from 4 to 6 operating rooms in 2021 to meet our growing demand for outpatient surgery.

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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