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The Sansum Clinic Advantage

Patients at Sansum Clinic have access to a full range of resources:

  • 20 patient care locations throughout Santa Barbara County, from Carpinteria to Santa Maria 
  • outstanding physician care and nursing care
  • numerous primary care providers and specialty care providers
  • prompt access to specialty care and urgent care services
  • coordinated appointment scheduling
  • electronic health records that provide complete electronic documentation of the care you receive here
  • comprehensive laboratory services

Comprehensive Care 

With more than 150 physicians, Sansum Clinic provides access to a team of medical professionals with remarkable depth of skill and expertise. One in four of our staff physicians is board certified in two or more specialties, and 1 in 16 is certified in more than three specialties. Practicing more than 30 specialties ranging from pediatrics through geriatrics, we care for patients throughout all stages of their lives - including outpatient care, ambulatory care, urgent care, hospital care, home healthcare, or skilled nursing care. Even ancillary services are provided: pharmacies, optical shop, laboratory testing, and radiology services are all available directly through Sansum Clinic.

Convenient Access

At Sansum Clinic, we care about meeting your needs. That's why we're here when you need us, and we're here where you need us. With more than a dozen locations throughout Santa Barbara County, we make it convenient to visit a primary care provider when you need one. With extended evening hours and weekend hours for our urgent care services, we make it possible to obtain convenient drop-in treatment for many urgent health needs without the high costs and long delays typically associated with an emergency room visit. By accepting payment through a wide range of options which includes traditional health insurance plans, HMOs, PPOs, Medicare self-pay, and more, we make it convenient for you to keep Sansum Clinic as your long-term healthcare provider. Our convenient access to medical services for every stage of life is why Sansum Clinic patients trust us to care for generation after generation of their families. 

We opened in Santa Barbara in 1921 and have grown over the years to 20 locations throughout the county. A non-profit since 1972, Sansum Clinic is focused on preserving the good health of the community. One in five of our providers has been at Sansum Clinic for more than two decades and one in three has been in medical practice for that long. Our commitment to the medical profession and to the community benefits all the families that we serve.

Innovative Technology

We were founded by daring innovators whose vision of medicine resulted in the breakthrough development of insulin, and the establishment of one of California's first specialty care practices. Over the years we have continued that tradition of medical leadership, by introducing the first kidney dialysis services to the region, performing Santa Barbara's first liver transplant and coronary bypass surgeries, establishing departments devoted to unusual specialties such as Travel & Tropical Medicine, and introducing computerized health screening systems more than a decade before such systems gained widespread acceptance in the healthcare industry.

Our founders' spirit of innovation is a legacy we carry forward to this day. Whether by ensuring that all of our physicians have anytime access to state-of-the-art electronic health records, by investigating promising new drugs, or by introducing emerging new specialties such as Breast Care Navigators to Santa Barbara, we continue to provide the cutting-edge care that has always been the hallmark of Sansum Clinic.

Santa Barbara has long been recognized as a destination for innovative medical care. In the 1800s and early 1900s, doctors and patients alike were drawn from all parts of the world to the area's unique hot springs and mineral baths, which were reputed to have healing qualities. Today, it is the allure of Sansum Clinic's outstanding physicians, state-of-the-art technology, and highly personalized care that helps to maintain our region's international reputation for medical excellence.

Longtime Service to the Community

We are Santa Barbara. More than a simple presence in the community, Sansum Clinic is operated for the benefit of the community.  As a non-profit organization, our investment is in the good health of Santa Barbara's people. We're managed in the public interest, by local trustees. 

Our doctors, nurses, and other staff have continued to reaffirm Sansum Clinic's long-standing commitment to place the health and wellbeing of our community members first. So it's no surprise that their personal activities so frequently reflect the same community-oriented spirit which they bring to work each day. They volunteer as educators, speaking regularly at local schools, events, and support groups. They serve as team physicians and team nurses for local high schools, colleges, and sporting leagues. They share their expertise, ideas, and enthusiasm as members of the boards of countless civic and professional organizations throughout the county, as well as local, state, and national advisory panels.

Several of our departments have maintained decades-long relationships with charities such as the American Heart Association and SEE International, providing thousands of hours of service to children and adults with unmet health needs. And the organization's long-standing relationship with the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) pre-med program has resulted in doctors who today work side-by-side with the very same physicians who first inspired, mentored, and educated them at UCSB.

Reflecting the diversity of our patients, our providers speak more than a dozen different languages between them. In addition to English, their language fluency includes Spanish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Chinese, Hindi, and Hungarian - ensuring that a wide cross-section of the community can enjoy direct, personal communication with their Sansum Clinic medical providers.

Finally, Sansum Clinic's outreach partnerships with local organizations such as Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics and the Santa Barbara Pollen and Mold Spore Hotline continually serve to educate the community about health options, concerns, and advancements.


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