Staff Report

Dr. Gustavo Dascanio has joined the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. 

Dascanio is an internal medicine specialist in Solvang. He graduated from the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco in 1984 and trained at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital from 1984 to 1987. Dascanio has been on the medical staff at SYVCH since 1987 and has served as director of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation since 1988. Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation is a medically supervised outpatient program for patients recovering from heart or pulmonary health conditions.

SYVCHF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to develop, manage and channel financial support on behalf of Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, serving not only to protect but also to enhance the hospital as a valuable community asset.

Since 1978, SYVCHF has supported many significant hospital initiatives, including patient care programs, capital equipment and facility infrastructure upgrades. In July, the foundation launched a new CT Replacement Campaign to raise $550,000 for a state-of-the-art CT (computerized tomography) scanner at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital. The new CT scanner will advance the hospital’s capability to more quickly diagnose disease and injury, plan medical treatment and provide improved image quality with lower doses of radiation. The updated equipment will replace an older model that is nearing the end of its life span. Last year, 3,768 CT scans were performed at SYVCH. 

Additionally, donations are welcome to the Emergency Response Fund and Unrestricted Fund to enable the hospital to respond to health care changes, and to the Endowment Fund to ensure the hospital’s future financial health. Donations to the SYVCH Foundation can be made online, over the phone, or by mail. All gifts are tax-deductible and giving may include cash, securities, real estate and other tangible assets, through a will or trust bequest or an endowment. For more specific information, contact June Martin at 805-691-9509, regular mail to: SYVCH Foundation 2050 Viborg Road, Solvang, CA 93463; or visit