New Wing Opens at SYVCH


After three years of construction, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital's new building was approved by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development as complete and safe for occupancy. And while the construction project will continue via several remodel phases throughout the existing hospital, hospital staff admitted the first patients to be treated in the brand new Medical/Surgical Nursing unit in March. The 10,000 sq ft. addition to the hospital is filled with new technology has been transformed into a vibrant center for healing and care.


The 4,000-square-foot Inpatient unit replaces patient rooms that have been in use for 45 years. The unit houses 11 beds and although five of the rooms have the ability to accommodate two patients, the rooms will be used as private rooms and are projected to accommodate the average daily inpatient census of three to eight patients.


Patient room amenities include:

  • overhead ceiling-mounted patient lift system
  • new beds with specialized mattresses, in-bed scales, and fall alarms
  • new LCD televisions with patient education and Internet access
  • private patio with lighted fountain and healing garden

The wing has a dedicated infusion suite that accommodates two patients in specially designed recliners, each with its own television. The suite has been in high demand since opening day.



The telemetry cardiac monitoring equipment has been upgraded and a new central station replaced in the ED, allowing physicians and nurses to observe Med/Surg patients; the nursing station has a medication room twice the size of the old one, with a separate physician documentation room.


The 4,000-square-foot Imaging Department has consolidated all imaging services in one location closer to the emergency department. In addition to existing Ultrasound and Dexa scan equipment, the new department boasts:

  • Phillips radiology and fluoroscopy equipment
  • Siemens 16 slice CT scanner
  • Hologic Digital Mammography




The department now also has a large technician workroom, a dedicated reception area and dedicated clerical and scheduling office.


“It’s unusual for a rural community hospital of our size to offer this state-of-the-art equipment and redesign,” said Wende Cappetta, SYVCH vice president.


“But Cottage Health System, our Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation leadership and our community are truly committed to ensuring the best possible care for local residents.”