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Save Children's Lives

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.

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

  • Blenders in the Grass: May 1 to May 31

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 akrause@sbch.org 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.

Dominic

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

Bradley

“A really good day” is how Marisa Beuoy describes the day she and husband Chad brought Bradley home from Cottage Children’s Hospital after three months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Marisa faced complications that caused her to deliver Bradley at week 26 in her pregnancy. Weighing slightly less than 2 pounds, Bradley’s lungs were not fully developed, and he needed a ventilator to help him breathe. Yet Bradley made steady progress and weighed in at a healthy 6 pounds on the day his parents took him home.

Marisa and Chad still feel a profound sense of gratitude toward the nurses, doctors, therapists and other caregivers that they came to know at Cottage Children’s Hospital. “It was amazing to see how much they genuinely cared,” said Chad.

Lauren

While visiting her older sister in San Luis Obispo for July 4th, Lauren suddenly lost her ability to speak and was rushed to the emergency room of a nearby hospital. Doctors found a formation of blood vessels that caused a life-threatening brain bleed.

She was transported to Cottage where she underwent surgery and received follow-up medical support in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Cottage Children’s Hospital.

Adrian

Adrian was born prematurely at 25 weeks in pregnancy and weighed just 1 pound 8 ounces. While he was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 3 months and 10 days, he developed into a healthy baby. His mother, Marilu Perez, became involved in raising money for Cottage Children’s Hospital “because we are very grateful for all that they have done for our baby.”

Christian

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."

Jorden

At 15, Jorden was in a skateboarding accident that caused a life-threatening brain bleed. His friends took him to Cottage Children’s Hospital. This hospital saved my life,” says Jorden, who has gone on to volunteer and raise money for children’s care at Cottage Health.