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Philanthropy at a Glance

During unprecedented times like these our focus remains on our patients and the community. The coordination, cooperation and personal sacrifices of our physicians and staff during this global pandemic have undoubtedly saved lives. There are hundreds of unsung heroes whose names you may never know, but whose masked faces you routinely see at Sansum Clinic and the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center.

Many individuals and businesses stepped up to help during the pandemic and with their support we established the Pandemic Relief Fund. The fund helped with the purchase of personal protective equipment and the expenses associated with setting up the largest COVID-19 testing site on the central coast. It was also used to cover the costs of the vaccination clinics that were held after hours and on the weekends during the December holidays.

Medical excellence is never-ending. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to healthcare in an era of diminishing insurance reimbursements, our commitment to providing exceptional care will rely, increasingly, on the generosity of our donors.

The loyal members of our donor community help make it possible for us to provide the high quality healthcare our community deserves and has come to expect from Sansum Clinic. We are so grateful for their ongoing support which, over recent years, has enabled us to:

  • Build the Foothill Medical & Surgical Center and Elings Eye Center at the intersection of Foothill Road and Highway 154.
  • Build the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, a world-class regional diagnostic, treatment and research center, in partnership with the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara which will celebrate its four-year anniversary in September 2021.
  • Establish a Pain Management Department that takes a multi-disciplinary approach to treating all kinds of acute or chronic pain.
  • Establish a Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Program to enhance the quality of life for patients who are being treated for a serious illness by addressing their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
  • Double the size of our Urgent Care Department, expanded hours to 8am to 7pm every day, and initiated same-day appointments to better meet patients’ needs.
  • Expand our Primary Care capacity at 215 Pesetas Lane, and increased our medical staff to include more than 70 primary care physicians Clinic-wide.
  • Recruit 37 physicians, over the last decade, utilizing shared appreciation home loans as part of the Physician Housing Program supported by Sansum Clinic’s Lovelace Fund for Medical Excellence, resulting in a medical staff of more than 150 specialists in nearly 40 specialties.
  • Modernize our facilities to enhance the patient experience at the Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and Allergy Departments on Hitchcock Way; Obstetrics and Gynecology on Pueblo Street and the Oncology Department in Solvang.
  • Relocate our Physical Therapy Department from Foothill Medical and Surgical Center to a new modern facility at 5385 Hollister Avenue. The PT move allows us to expand our busy Urology Department into the space that PT vacated.
  • Current plans call for the increase from four to six operating rooms at the Foothill Surgery Center to meet our growing demand for outpatient surgery.
  • Purchase three mammogram machines and the Invenia Automated Breast Ultrasound System that provides advanced breast screening.
  • Purchase an emergency generator at Pesetas Lane as part of Santa Barbara’s Emergency Preparedness Program.
  • Establish the Prescription Navigator Program, a pharmacist-led medication therapy management program that ensures the safe, effective, and appropriate use of medications by patients.
  • Advance the level of surgical care available in our community through Sansum Clinic’s Visiting Professor of Surgery Education Program that has brought 11 national and one international expert to our community for one week each year since 2012.
  • Create an education fund to provide clinical and non-clinical staff with unique personal and professional development opportunities that will expand their value within the Clinic and create a stronger and more dynamic platform for healthcare delivery.
  • Establish the Women’s Health Initiative to bring greater focus to the special healthcare needs of women. Fifty-six percent of the Clinic’s patients are women.
  • Continue hosting Camp Wheez, the specialized week-long camp for kids with asthma.
  • Provide the underserved residents of our community who have no health insurance with free diagnostic services and colonoscopy screenings through our partnership with the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics and free eye care through our partnership with SEE International.
  • Offer Health Education Programs free or at a nominal fee.

Our donors are an important partner in our current and future success. Working together we can continue to better serve you, our patients and the community.

We are truly grateful for every gift we receive, no matter the amount. Your support contributes to good health for everyone.

For information on how you can support Sansum Clinic or the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center please contact:

Dru A. Hartley
Director of Philanthropy
Sansum Clinic
P.O. Box 1200, Santa Barbara, CA 93102-1200
(805) 681-7726 • •


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