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 wellbeing 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 provides care to 1 in 10 people in the community and they’ve been serving the community for over 45 years. Over 22,000 patients are cared for at four medical clinics, two dental clinics, an integrated care clinic and health promotion services.

Since 2010 Sansum Clinic has provided 6,203 SBNC patients with 7,604 diagnostic services totaling over $3.1 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, ultrasounds and mammograms.

In 2019, Sansum Clinic reinstated the colonoscopy screening program in partnership with the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara and screened 32 patients. One patient, a 64 year old man, was diagnosed with colon cancer and he’s doing well following surgery.   

SEE International

In 2019 Sansum Clinic partnered with SEE International’s Santa Barbara Vision Care Program to provide eye care services, at no cost, to patients of SEE who have no health insurance. Sansum Clinic’s ophthalmology physicians and medical staff provided eye care to 41 patients with 250 services. Eighty percent of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured, adequate vision care can make a remarkable impact on a person’s well-being. 

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 inhibit 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. Many Sansum physicians and staff members volunteer their time which allows DWW-SBSM to expand their reach within the community. In 2019, DWW-SBSM served 3,902 clients (socks, shampoo, toothbrushes and medical care).

Every year during the holidays Sansum Clinic sets up boxes in the facilities to collect socks for the DWW-SBSM volunteers. Men’s white athletic socks are one of the most valuable pieces of clothing to people without permanent housing. Feet work overtime when there’s no warm home to return to each night, and a new pair of socks is greatly appreciated and welcomed by the homeless.

We would like to acknowledge the following physicians and staff who graciously volunteer their time to Doctors Without Walls/Santa Barbara Street Medicine:  
  • Julia Becca, RN
  • Colton Betts
  • Laurel Bliss, MD
  • Lindsay Katona, MD
  • Kati Kenner, PA       
  •  Marie Claire Lamb, MD
  • Alex Leasure, MD
  • Aaron Lewis
  • Lynn Matis, LMFT (retired)
  • Ashley McGrogan, PA-C
  • Dave Phreaner, MD
  • Ivan Rodriguez
  • Berenice Ruvalcaba
  • Bret Simon, OD
  • John Vallee, MD (retired)
  • Nicole Yang

Other Partnerships

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

  •  Alzheimer's Association
  • American Heart Association
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • Cottage Health
  • Jodi House
  • Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinic's Healthcare Heroes
  • WEB (Welcome Every Baby)

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