Staff Report

Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital has been recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in quality, patient outcomes and patient satisfaction. The award reflects top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.

“We are honored to receive this award which reflects the commitment of our staff to go above and beyond every day for every patient,” said Wende Cappetta, Vice President of Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital. “We’re proud to serve the residents of our beautiful rural community in the Santa Ynez Valley.”

Hospital rankings are determined each year using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®.  NOSORH has partnered with iVantage Health Analytics to develop a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX captures performance metrics for all rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from more than 50 individual metrics into three major categories and eight pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

NOSORH was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens.

Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital is a member of the California Critical Access Hospital Network.

Founded in 1964, the not-for-profit Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) located at 2050 Viborg Road in Solvang, provides high quality outpatient surgical services, inpatient care, comprehensive imaging (including MRI, CT, digital mammography, ultrasound, X-ray), on-site laboratory, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, physicians specialty clinic and 24-hour emergency services to the community. SYVCH is part of not-for-profit Cottage Health, the leader in providing advanced medical care to the Central Coast region.  Specialties include the Cottage Children’s Medical Center, Level I Trauma Center, Neuroscience Institute, Heart & Vascular Center, Center for Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Hospital. The Cottage Health medical staff includes more than 700 physicians, many with subspecialties typically found only at university medical centers. In 2016, the Cottage Health hospitals in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley provided inpatient care for 19,000 people, treated 78,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,500 newborns. For more information, call 805-688-6431 or visit