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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 more than 118,000 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.

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 32 physicians who used loans last year saw 27,960 unique patients at 68,230 patient visits in specialties that include Cardiology, Dermatology, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pain Management, Palliative Care, Psychiatry, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Rheumatology, Sleep Medicine and Surgical Oncology. One of these physicians was named Physician of the Year at Cottage Health in recognition of his exemplary performance.

Physician recruitment is ongoing even during a global pandemic. Last year we brought three new physicians to the Clinic in the areas of Occupational Medicine, Ophthalmology and a Hospitalist all of whom have been offered a loan from the 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.

Bryce Holderness MD"I had the pleasure of joining Sansum Clinic in 2013. The Lovelace Fund for Medical Excellence and the Physician Housing Program was a significant factor in my decision process. Coming out of my residency with student loan debt, and hoping to find a permanent home while starting a family, can be very daunting. This is more acutely the case in a market like California and more specifically Santa Barbara. On top of this, qualifying for a loan as a newly minted physician without past years of significant income generation, can be difficult and discouraging. The Physician Housing Program was only offered at Sansum Clinic compared to my other job offers. This is an example of why Sansum is so special. It shows their dedication to physician success and higher recruitment ability for quality providers.

Through this program I was able to purchase a home in Santa Barbara that my family and I still live in and love. Sansum Clinic was also very open about the program and was easy to work with when refinancing and paying back this loan.

This is an incredible tool to recruit and retain highly talented physicians to this special community."

– Bryce Holderness, MD Internal Medicine

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.

In early 2020, our Physical therapy (PT) department moved from the Foothill Medical and Surgical Center to a new modern facility at 5385 Hollister Avenue across from Sansum's Corporate office. this new space was designed to meet the needs of a broad range of PT patients. the PT move allowed us to expand our busy Urology Department into the space that PT vacated. In 2021 our plan is to increase our Foothill Surgery Center from four to six operating rooms 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,


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