National HealthCare Decisions Day

Cottage Health System holding
Open House, Planning Events


Cottage Health System hospitals in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Santa Ynez will be participating in National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16 as part of an organized effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making.  The initiative is aimed at encouraging adults of all ages to plan ahead of a health crisis and put their wishes and decisions in writing to help aid family communication and decision-making as well as enhance patient/provider communication.


Cottage will provide complimentary copies of the Five Wishes Advance Healthcare Directive booklet to help facilitate public and family discussion about written advance directives, power of attorney for health care and communication of individual wishes in regard to end-of-life care.


Five Wishes Open House Events:
April 16
SBCH: between 7 am and 6 pm
GVCH: between 10 am and 2 pm
SYVCH: between 10 am and 2 pm

Advance Care Planning Seminar >>
April 17, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

This document lets your family and doctors know:

  • The person you want to make healthcare decisions for you when you can’t make them.
  • The kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want.
  • How comfortable you want to be.
  • How you want people to treat you.
  • What you want your loved ones to know.

If you have not yet completed your Advance Healthcare Directive you are invited to visit one
of our facilities and get your copy of Five Wishes. A Cottage representative will be on hand
to answer general information about advance care planning at the one of these locations
and times on April 16:



  Santa Barbara
Cottage Hospital
Goleta Valley
Cottage Hospital
Santa Ynez Valley
Cottage Hospital

Conference Room A / B

corner of Pueblo and Bath Streets (see map)


Between 7 am - 6 pm

(People can also ask here about scanning their directive for their hospital medical record)

351 South Patterson Avenue

(see map)


Between 10 am - 2 pm
Check in at the lobby for room location

2050 Viborg Road
(see map)


Between 10 am - 2 pm


This open house precedes a day-long workshop on Saturday, April 17 on advance care planning that will be hosted by Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, in collaboration with Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, . 


For more information call 879-8982.


  April 12, 2010