Community Service Programs

Sansum Clinic in the Community

Sansum Clinic strives to provide quality patient care and high standards for the communities we serve. We have a long standing commitment to meet the needs of the low income, uninsured, and underinsured patients in our community through our Charity Care Program. We have a policy that provides guidelines for identifying patients who may qualify for assistance and also establishes the financial screening criteria with an objective of providing care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

In our commitment to provide ‘good health for everyone’ we offer flu shots through our community-wide Flu Shot Program conducted every fall and winter. Annual seasonal flu vaccines are the best way to reduce the chances that individuals will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread, resulting in better health and well-being for the residents of our community.

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics

Sansum Clinic is proud to partner with the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) providing them with free diagnostic services for their patients who have no health insurance. This type of partnership is rarely available to safety net providers elsewhere in the country.

SBNC is an independent, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to providing high quality, affordable, medical, behavioral health and dental care to those in need in Santa Barbara County, regardless of one’s ability to pay.

SBNC serves 1 in 10 people in the community. Over 22,000 patients are cared for at four medical clinics, two dental clinics and three intermittent clinics.

Since 2010 Sansum Clinic has provided 5,554 SBNC patients with 6,782 diagnostic services totaling over $2.8 million. The cardiology diagnostic services include echocardiogram and cardiovascular device monitoring and other diagnostic services such as general and special radiology, MRI scans, CT scans, low-dose CT, ultrasounds and mammograms.

In 2019 the Clinic reinstated the colonoscopy screening program at SBNC in partnership with the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara.

SEE International

In 2018 Sansum Clinic partnered with Santa Barbara Vision Care (SBVC), a local health program that serves as part of SEE International’s domestic programs to host the annual Veterans Day Vision Clinic. Six Sansum Clinic physicians performed eye exams to 56 in-need patients at the Clinic’s Elings Eye Center. Vouchers for free eye glasses were provided to 43 people from Goleta Valley Optical and Blue Planet Eyewear donated sunglasses to patients.

In 2019 Sansum Clinic established a new program to provide eye care services, at no cost, to patients of SEE International who have no health insurance. This new program will replace the annual Veterans Day Vision Clinic.

Doctors Without Walls/Santa Barbara Street Medicine

This nonprofit organization’s mission is to provide free, volunteer medical care for the most vulnerable underserved community members of Santa Barbara County. Doctors Without Walls/Santa Barbara Street Medicine (DWW-SBSM) has worked to overcome barriers to care that often inhibits people from accessing services by going to where the care is needed such as community parks. Education and training is provided to DWW-SBSM volunteers in order to promote the practice of humanitarian medicine.

The volunteers are able to meet, serve, and build trust while providing medical care. DWW-SBSM is able to fulfill their mission thanks to the partnership with Sansum Clinic. Sansum’s physicians and medical staff volunteer their time which allows DWW-SBSM to expand their reach within the community.

In 2018, DWW-SBSM provided medical care to approximately 1,300 underserved residents in the community.

We would like to acknowledge the Sansum Clinic physicians and medical staff who graciously volunteer their time to DWW-SBSM:

  • Laurel Bliss, MD
  • Fred Kass, MD
  • Kati Kenner, PA
  • Aaron Lewis
  • Lynn Matis, LMFT (retired)       
  • Ashley McGrogan, PA-C 
  • Liberty Partridge, MD
  • Dave Phreaner, MD
  • Liberty Partridge, MD
  • Berenice Ruvalcaba, Translator
  • Bret Simon, OD
  • John Vallee, MD (retired)

Additional Partnerships for Success

Sansum Clinic donated a phone system to Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and a cystoscope to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

In meeting with our guidelines to support local health related causes and organizations we participated in the following events:

  • American Cancer Society Riviera Ball
  • American Heart Association’s Heart Ball and Go Red for Women Luncheon
  • Alzheimer’s Walk (Honorary Chair, Dr. Marjorie Newman, Medical Director)
  • Walk to Cure Arthritis
  • Cottage Health’s Tiara Ball
  • Edible Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Farmers Market Cooking Demonstrations
  • Giveapalooza
  • Hospice of Santa Barbara “Five Invitations” Workshop
  • Jodi House Walk & Roll
  • Mental Wellness Center Giving Luncheon
  • Open Streets of Santa Barbara
  • Pacific Coast Business Times Healthcare Champions
  • Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinic’s Healthcare Heroes
  • Santa Barbara Street Medicine/Doctors Without Walls
  • San Marcos High School’s Kids Helping Kids (Jar of Dreams Fund)
  • SEE International’s Celebration of Sight

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