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Published on March 25, 2015

Demolition at Cottage to Make Way for New Buildings

Santa Barbara, Calif. - Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital began the long awaited demolition of the Central Wing last week with a high reach demolition excavator to make way for the next phase of construction. The Central Wing building faces Pueblo Street directly across from Sansum Clinic. Demolition of the Central Wing, which has six stories plus a basement, will take about three months to complete.

This is Phase 5 of construction of the new Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, which included the construction of a “link building” to connect the original hospital buildings on Bath Street with the newer pavilions along Pueblo Street and Oak Park Lane. The two newer patient pavilions and a diagnostic and therapeutic wing were opened in February 2012 as part of Phase 4.

Once Phase 5 is completed later this year, construction of Phase 6 will begin to build a third patient pavilion for pediatric and medical services including a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. In addition, the Emergency Room will be expanded and a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will be added. Completion of Phase 6 is expected by late 2018. Follow this link to watch an animation of the next phases of construction

About Cottage Health System

The not-for-profit Cottage Health System -- the parent organization of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and its associated Cottage Children’s Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital -- is guided by a volunteer board of directors from the greater Santa Barbara community. Last year, the Cottage hospitals provided inpatient care for 20,000 people, treated 69,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,300 newborns.

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