Staff Report

To increase convenient access to healthcare, Cottage Health is introducing Cottage Urgent Care, for treatment of minor injuries and illnesses.

Cottage Urgent Care has plans to open 10 centers in the tri-counties region, with the first opening in summer of 2020.  The centers will be in storefront locations — from Oxnard to San Luis Obispo — and will be open 365 days a year, 8am-8pm, to provide walk-in care for patients of all ages. Services will include X-ray, lab and medications.

The conveniently located Cottage Urgent Care centers will fill an important need for communities to quickly access care during extended hours. Access to care is an important priority in preventing a minor issue from becoming a more serious health concern.

Each Cottage Urgent Care Center will be staffed by a licensed nurse practitioner and patient concierge team members dedicated to assisting patients during their visit and ensuring an efficient and comfortable care environment. The goal is complete care within 30 minutes.

With two new care options — the recently launched Cottage CareNow virtual care service for online visits, and the soon-to-open Cottage Urgent Care centers — patients can quickly receive care or an appropriate referral. Both of these services can connect patients to local physicians for follow-up and preventive care to improve overall health.

These services enable Cottage Health to serve the community in new ways and remain forward-looking in adapting to current and future healthcare needs.

About Cottage Health

The not-for-profit Cottage Health is the leader in providing advanced medical care to the Central Coast region.  Specialties include the Cottage Children’s Medical Center, Level 1 Trauma Center, Neuroscience Institute, Heart & Vascular Center, Center for Orthopedics, and Rehabilitation Hospital. The Cottage Health medical staff is comprised of more than 700 physicians, many with subspecialties typically found only at university medical centers. Last year, the Cottage Health hospitals in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley provided inpatient care for 21,000 people, treated 80,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,100 newborns.