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Philanthropy at a Glance

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 that has enabled us to:

  • Raise over $2.6 million since early 2020 to help with the purchase of personal protective equipment and the expenses associated with setting up the largest COVID-19 testing site on the Central Coast.
  • Begin planning for a dedicated Breast Imaging Center at our clinic at 215 Pesetas Lane.
  • Relocate and expand our Urology Department at Foothill.
  • Expand our Surgery Center from four to six operating rooms to meet the growing demand for outpatient surgery.
  • Upgrade the telephone system throughout our facilities to enhance customer service and communication with our patients.
  • 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 sixth anniversary in September.
  • 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, expand hours to 8am to 7pm every day, and initiate same-day appointments to better meet patients’ needs.
  • Expand our Primary Care capacity at our Clinic at 215 Pesetas Lane, and increase our medical staff to include more than 70 primary care physicians.
  • Recruit 46 physicians over the last decade through shared-appreciation home loans as part of the Physician Housing Program supported by Sansum Clinic’s Lovelace Fund for Medical Excellence. 
  • 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.
  • Purchase three mammogram machines and the Invenia Automated Breast Ultrasound System that provides advanced breast screening.
  • Install an emergency generator at Pesetas Lane as part of Santa Barbara’s Emergency Preparedness Program.
  • Establish the Julie Nadel 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 one international and 12 national experts to our community since 2012.
  • Create an education fund and nursing scholarship program 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.
  • Host Camp Wheez, the specialized free week-long day camp for kids with asthma. Dr. Myron Liebhaber (Allergist) has been at the helm of Camp Wheez since its founding 45 years ago.
  • 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. All gifts of support donated in this community remain in this community. 

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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