Oprah Winfrey gives $1 million to
The Campaign for Cottage Health System


December 24, 2008  The fundraising campaign to rebuild Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has received a significant boost from one of the community’s well-loved celebrities with the announcement of a $1 million gift from Montecito resident Oprah Winfrey.

The donation, earmarked for The Campaign for Cottage Health System by The Oprah Winfrey Foundation based in Chicago, Illinois, comes at the close of the not-for-profit hospital’s largest fundraising effort ever—a five-year drive to raise $100 million to support the rebuilding of the largest acute-care hospital on the California coast between Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

In pledging her financial support to Cottage, Ms Winfrey, a part-time local resident since the early 2000s, indicated to Cottage president and CEO Ron Werft how much she appreciated the hospital’s dedication to the health and well-being of the community, and that it was given “with the hope that your great work will continue to thrive.”

Said Mr Werft, “Oprah has changed so many lives throughout the world.  Her generous support of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital will now enhance the lives of countless Central Coast residents for generations to come.”

Construction on the new Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital began in 2005 and is expected to cost more than $700 million. The first two patient pavilions will be completed in 2011.