Staff Report

Cottage Health has appointed Katie Gorndt as the new Vice President of Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) in Solvang. She will lead the 11-bed facility that offers inpatient care, a 24-hour emergency department, outpatient surgical services, comprehensive imaging, on-site laboratory and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

Kaite Gorndt
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Gorndt joined Cottage Health in April 2018 as the Ambulatory Surgical Services Director at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. At SYVCH, she is stepping into the role previously held by Wende Cappetta who retired after serving as the hospital’s Vice President for 16 years.

“Since Katie joined Cottage Health two years ago, she quickly earned recognition as a trusted and valued leader to her team of nearly 40 employees. We congratulate her on her promotion to lead Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital,” said Steven A. Fellows, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Cottage Health.

Prior to joining Cottage Health, Gorndt was at Lompoc Valley Medical Center as the perioperative surgical services director for four years and a nurse and hospital supervisor for nearly two years. In 2013, she was a nurse at SYVCH. Her career began as a surgical technician at Benefis Health System in Great Falls, Montana, and she later worked as a critical care nurse at Antelope Valley Hospital in California.

Gorndt holds a Master of Science in Integrated Healthcare Management as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She earned her BSN from Western Governors University and her RN from Antelope Valley College.

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.