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Philanthropy at a Glance

Since the start of the global pandemic in early 2020, Sansum Clinic has played a leadership role in the strategic community effort to screen, test and vaccinate as many people as possible.

Many individuals and businesses stepped up to help and with their support we established the Pandemic Relief Fund. Over $2.6 million was raised, which 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 cost of flu shot and vaccination clinics.

The coordination, cooperation and personal sacrifices of our physicians and staff 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. Through all of this, our focus remains on our patients and the community.

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 level of support we received over the last two years reinforced to us that our patients believe in the work we do, and in the valuable role we play in providing healthcare to our community, every day, and even more so during a pandemic.

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:

  • Begin planning for a dedicated Breast Imaging Center at our clinic at 215 Pesetas Lane.
  • Relocate and expand our Urology Department at Foothill to make way for the expansion of our Surgery Center, which will enable us to go from four to six operating rooms to meet the growing demand for outpatient surgery.
  • Upgrade the telephone system throughout all 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.
  • 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 41 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, 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.
  • 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 Elly 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 11 national experts to our community 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 free week-long daycamp 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.

Sansum Clinic is a nonprofit organization. Generous support from donors and grateful patients enables Sansum Clinic to offer community service programs and services that contribute to the well-being and quality of life of all members of the community.

If you wish to make a gift or would like 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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