• Cottage and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital Sign Partnership Agreement for Subacute Services

Published on February 10, 2014

Cottage and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital Sign Partnership Agreement for Subacute Services

Cottage Health System (CHS) and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH), a member of Dignity Health, have signed a partnership agreement to offer additional subacute residential beds and services at SJPVH in Camarillo.

The subacute facility at SJPVH will expand to meet the needs of residents from Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital (GVCH) and elsewhere.  The facility will provide an optimal living environment with easy access to outdoor space, onsite gardens and patios, and safe thoroughfares for residents and families to navigate the facility and grounds.

GVCH is currently being replaced to meet the newest seismic requirements for acute patient care.  When acute patients move into the new acute care hospital, state law prohibits the subacute unit from remaining in the existing hospital building.

CHS had originally planned to move its subacute unit to the fourth floor of the East Wing at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.  However, with the expansion opportunity at SJPVH and after carefully evaluating the needs of the 30 subacute residents, Cottage decided to move forward with this alternative plan which will provide superior living conditions for long-term residents who choose to move to St. John’s.

”We believe that this is a better option for serving the needs of subacute care residents in our region,” said Ron Werft, president and CEO of Cottage Health System. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital on this transition.”

“Our agreement with Cottage Health System will provide residents who choose to move here with an enhanced living environment that offers easy access to the outdoors and safe routes to travel through the facility,” said Laurie Harting, CEO of St. John’s Hospitals in Oxnard and Camarillo. “We’re looking forward to welcoming new residents from Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, and elsewhere, and caring for them at St. John’s.”

Under the terms of the signed agreement, CHS will provide a $3 million donation to enable SJPVH to renovate and expand its facilities in accordance with state standards. SJPVH will accept interested subacute residents currently served by GVCH. The expanded unit at SJPVH is expected to be completed in 2015.

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 68,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,300 newborns.

About St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH)
St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital is nestled near the foothills of Camarillo. It was founded in 1974 by a group of community leaders who believed that a hospital was needed in their community. In addition to its 81 acute-care beds, St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital has a 99-bed extended care unit and the only hyperbaric medicine unit in West Ventura County. 

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