By Raiza Giorgi


Just a little over an hour after the doors were opened Monday morning, there were several people signing up to be seen at the new Urgent Care office for Dignity Health in Solvang. 

“As soon as the sign went up that we were coming soon, we had people knocking on the door asking when they could be seen. We are so glad to be offering urgent care and primary care services in Solvang,” said Kaleb Madrid, director of operations for the Solvang location. 

The health center offers both urgent care and primary care services, with a team of on-site Board Certified physicians and advanced practice providers to meet the needs of the growing community. The new facility offers the convenience of X-ray on-site and accepts most health insurance plans. The center will care for patients of all ages, including children, and is open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturdays with no appointment needed.

Dr. Bahija Saouf
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Dr. Jason Morris
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Board Certified Physicians, Dr. Jason Morris and Dr. Bahija Saouf will be overseeing care for the needs of the community.

“The Santa Ynez Valley is one of the gems of the Central Coast, and Dignity Health is pleased to expand our network into this area,” says Scott Robertson, MD, Dignity Health Division Chief Medical Officer and CEO of Pacific Central Coast Health Centers. “Santa Ynez Valley residents now have new options for their primary and urgent care needs. We hope providing these services will offer convenience and the peace of mind for those needing primary care or urgent medical attention for minor injuries and illnesses.”   

Dignity Health Central Coast is comprised of five award-winning hospitals that include Marian Regional Medical Center, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital French Hospital Medical Center, St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital all recognized for their quality of care, safety and service, primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically advanced imaging centers, outpatient services, and comprehensive home health services. Hospitals in the Dignity Health Central Coast region are supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to provide additional funding to support new programs and services, as well as to advance the community’s access to health care.  For more information, visit