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Research at Cottage Health is advancing medical science and improving patient care for residents of California’s Central Coast and beyond.

From developing comprehensive care plans for low birth weight infants to teaching rehabilitation patients to walk again through new robotic technologies, the Cottage Health Research Institute supports more than 250 funded (link to Funded Projects page) and non-funded (link to non-funded projects page) research projects annually to help discover new cures and better practices for health care of the future.

Listed below, are research grants awarded to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and Cottage Children’s Medical Center.

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health

Cottage Children’s Medical Center at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has recently been awarded a grant from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. The planning grant will focus on medical home care coordination in a community hospital setting for children with special healthcare needs. Dr. Steven C. Barkley, CCMC’s Chief Pediatric Medical Officer and Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, is the principal investigator.

Children with complex medical conditions can benefit when their various services are well coordinated. Many academic medical centers have created complex care clinics that can serve as medical homes for these children, providing a centralized point for service, care planning and coordination. These clinics can be challenged in their efforts to partner with community pediatric practices, especially those that serve children living in settings distant from the medical center.

To address this challenge, this project will develop a detailed model and plan for implementation of a community-based complex care program emphasizing care coordination, and support for children with special healthcare needs, their families, and their caregivers. Through improved coordination of care, the program aims to decrease unnecessary visits to the emergency department and to reduce unplanned hospital admissions in this vulnerable population.

Bower Foundation

The Bower Foundation recently awarded a planning grant to Cottage Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) for research aimed at preserving and improving the health and well-being of very low birthweight newborns during their first days, weeks and months of life. The planning process is a joint effort between CCMC’s leadership and researchers at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education.

The planning team’s focus will be on infants weighing less than 3.3 pounds at birth. These premature infants are at high risk for long-term physical and developmental complications.

Additionally, the experience of having a child in the NICU has been shown to have long term deleterious effects on the parents. To date, there is no available care model that brings together best practices in acute and follow-up care with best practices in emotional and psychosocial support.

The intention of this project is that the planning process will result in a novel quality improvement model that will test a comprehensive care plan. This plan will address the relationship between physical and developmental health for these very premature and small infants and their families.

Cottage Health Research Institute

Cottage Health Research Institute

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Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
P.O. Box 689
Santa Barbara, CA 93102

Phone: 805-324-9260