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Save Children's Lives

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Sintonice a la estacion Radio Bronco el 23 y 24 de junio y pon tu dinero donde existen los milagros. Haga una donación ahora a su Hospital de Children's Miracle Network.

Cottage Health relies on your support to provide the best possible care for children. Your gifts to Cottage Children’s Hospital go to research, training and technology, and help us cover the costs of children whose families cannot fully pay for their health care. With your help, we are also building a new children’s hospital that will endure for generations.

Support Excellence

We care for kids as they grow from newborns to age 18, tending to everyday concerns, emergencies and complex, even rare problems. Our reputation for excellence has drawn the nation’s top experts in children’s health to our community.

In addition to serving the Central Coast, Cottage Children’s Hospital is a regional referral center that cares for children from greater Los Angeles and inland California. We offer the only Pediatric Trauma Center between San Jose and Los Angeles with specialists ready around the clock to give life-saving care to kids. We also started the region’s first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

Our emergency departments handle more than 7,000 visits by children each year. And our Grotenhuis Pediatric Multispecialty Clinics total more than 4,000 annual visits.

Children's Miracle Network

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion—most of it $1 at a time—for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. Cottage Children’s Hospital is proud to be a part of the CMN family.

These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. With the help of Cottage Children's Hospital and Children's Miracle Network, 11-year-old friends Faith and Lexi fight cancer together.

Carry on a Tradition of Giving

You can give online and ask that your gift go to children's services at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital or make a donation in other ways.
You can also support us at these local businesses.

Buy a Miracle Balloon at

  • Costco: May 1 to May 31
  • Walmart: May 4 to June 14
  • Walgreens: June 1-30
  • Corner Store (Valero): June 1-30
  • Chico’s, White House Black Market: April 13 to July 4

Buy a Care for Kids Cup at

  • Yogurtland: May 11 to July 1

Help Through Your Business

We are grateful for all the support we have from businesses and foundations. That includes the donations retailers collect from customers as they join forces with Cottage Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Partner with us to raise money and spread the word about how we save and improve children’s lives at Cottage Health. Contact Audrie Krause at or 805-879-8985 about fundraising programs, Miracle Balloon Campaigns and Miracle Kids Day.

See for Yourself

Our patients and their families have amazing stories to share about Cottage Health.


A typical summer play day in Paso Robles quickly turned to panic when 7-year-old Dominic lost his balance on a trampoline and fell onto concrete, hitting his head.

Dominic’s family rushed him to a nearby emergency department where the frightened boy told his grandmother, Elena Chavez, that his head hurt so much it felt like it was burning.

“His eyes looked strange, and I knew that something was very, very wrong,” she said.

Emergency room caregivers took a CT scan and contacted Dr. Richard Lehman, director of pediatric transport services for Cottage Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Lehman recognized that Dominic’s injury was life-threatening and arranged to have Dominic transported by helicopter to Cottage. There, a team of trauma experts performed an emergency craniotomy to drain the blood that was seeping into the boy’s brain.

The surgery took hours, but when it was over, Dominic’s family was assured he would recover. Within a day, his breathing tube was removed and within five days he was ready to go home. “It’s a miracle” said grandmother Elena. “I don’t think my lifetime would be enough time to say how thankful I am to everyone for saving his life.”

See Dominic's Story


Christian Hernandez is always on the go, with a big smile and a can-do attitude. He loves basketball, skateboarding, and hip-hop dancing, so his parents became worried when he complained of being very thirsty and not having much energy.

A visit to the doctor's office confirmed that he had type 1 diabetes. Christian's blood sugar level was off the charts, and he was admitted to Cottage Children's Hospital, where he spent almost a week." Christian hoped it was something that would go away. But then he found out he would have this all his life,” his mom Bianca said.

Despite the big changes in the Hernandez's daily routine, the family has learned how to manage the disease, and Christian can still enjoy all of his favorite activities. “Everyone at Cottage was so nice and helpful. They provided so much support to all of us," his mom said. "It was really comforting to know that we were not alone in facing this disease."