Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Celebrates Opening of SAGE Medical Library
Cottage Health is celebrating the opening of the new SAGE Medical Library at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and a dedication event was held on October 5. The library serves a vital role in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital’s mission as a teaching hospital and is the only medical library between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Named for SAGE Publishing, which contributed $2.5 million in 2007 to the capital campaign to rebuild the hospital, the SAGE Medical Library will serve Cottage physicians and staff, residents, medical researchers, patients and families, and the broader community. To augment its original gift, SAGE also has made available its extensive print and online resources through the new library to the medical community.
SAGE Publishing is a leading international publisher of books, journals, and electronic media across a wide range of scholarly disciplines. SAGE is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California, with affiliate offices in London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC, and Melbourne.
“As a leading independent publisher with a rapidly growing medical journals portfolio, SAGE Publishing is dedicated to the advancement of a healthy society and delighted to be supporting Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital,” said Blaise Simqu, President and CEO of SAGE Publishing. “We are confident that the SAGE Medical Library will be an incredible resource for hospital staff and the greater Santa Barbara community, supporting professional practice, medical discovery, and lifelong learning.”
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has one of the longest running general surgical training programs in the western United States. Founded in 1921, Cottage’s Surgical Residency Program has been fully approved by the American Board of Surgery since 1944, shortly after the ABS was established. Cottage also offers residency programs approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in internal medicine and diagnostic radiology.
“The SAGE Library will be an important resource for our physicians – including our medical and surgical residents, nursing students, and other professional staff in need of ongoing training and recertification each year,” said Ron Werft, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cottage Health.
“The new library will continue to maintain and enhance a long-standing tradition of excellence in healthcare education and training,” Mr. Werft added. “We are deeply grateful to SAGE for the most generous financial support to rebuild the new library and also for providing us with access to their extensive publications resources.”
With a total of 3,400 square feet, SAGE Medical Library features sophisticated information technology in a comfortable, supportive setting. The design includes a large central gathering area with sofas and chairs, conference rooms equipped for distance-learning, and several work areas with internet-capable computer stations for online study.
SAGE Medical Library continues the mission of the former Reeves Medical Library, which was located at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital from 1973-2014. As a tribute to the original library, the mantle of the fireplace from Reeves was preserved and is now installed in the SAGE Library. Other design elements that reflect the original library include the dark wood paneling, sculpted ceiling and skylight. One of the new library’s most distinctive features is a ceiling illumination system that can be adjusted to augment available natural light.
“SAGE Medical Library is a space designed to promote learning, and collaboration,” said Brittany Haliani, Senior Librarian and Manager of SAGE Medical Library. “Most important, the library provides access to state of the art online and print resources that will support our staff in providing excellent patient care.”