Tag archives: health care

Medical Self-Advocacy: Why it Is More Important Than Ever
By Deann Zampelli   |   March 12, 2024

A few months ago, I had a diagnostic test for some G.I. issues. Just to clarify, that was not referencing a broken romance with a soldier on leave, but gastrointestinal issues. A little less sexy.  I was introduced to my doctor about ten minutes before the procedure. As I always have a million questions, I […]

VNA Health
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 31, 2023

November is special for many in the home healthcare field as the month is recognized as National Home Care Month, National Hospice & Palliative Care Month, and National Family Caregiver Month. But there’s an extra emphasis for Santa Barbara’s Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), which celebrates its 115th anniversary of caring for the community.  Founded as […]

Savie Health
By Steven Libowitz   |   September 13, 2023

Savie Health opened its doors in June of 2022 as Santa Barbara County’s first and only free health clinic for the uninsured. The goal was to serve the needs for those who aren’t eligible or can’t afford health insurance, might fall through the cracks of government programs, and find even the sliding fee scale of […]

Sansum Clinic and Sutter Health in Talks for Partnership
By Montecito Journal   |   May 8, 2023

On May 5, 2023, Sansum Clinic and Sutter Health announced they have entered into exclusive discussions with each other, with plans to sign a non-binding letter of intent this week to enter into a strategic partnership. The two organizations have begun “exclusive discussions with each other” with the partnership expected to be formalized in the […]

Planned Parenthood California Central Coast
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 7, 2023

Planned Parenthood California Central Coast (PPCCC) is one of scores of affiliates across the country that share a vision of a future where everyone has an equitable opportunity to experience health and wellness – including high-quality sexual and reproductive health care provided with respect and without judgment.  Founded in 1964, PPCCC might be best known […]

World Telehealth Initiative
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 28, 2023

It took a little while to reach Sharon Allen of the World Telehealth Initiative (WTI) to arrange an interview last week. That’s because the cofounder and executive director of the barely 5-year-old nonprofit was over in Ukraine, in the midst of a week-long visit to the war-torn country as part of a special expansion of […]

Urgent Care Opens on Coast Village Road
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 15, 2022

Just as the roundabout construction gears up, a new business has opened on the prominent corner: Cottage Health opened its newest Cottage Urgent Care Center at 1298 Coast Village Road in Montecito this past Monday, with the goal of providing complete care within 45 minutes. The new Urgent Care Center is open from 8 am […]

No Skeletons, Just Angels in VNA Health’s Loan Closet
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 25, 2022

As five-year-old Sky finished a run down from the top of Mammoth Mountain on a recent December morning, an adult snowboarder unexpectedly crashed into him leaving the youngster unable to stand. An X-ray at the local Emergency Room indicated that he had a spiral fracture in his tibia and would need a cast to immobilize […]

Sansum Clinic
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 11, 2022

Sansum’s excellence in imaging stands out in October October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual effort to raise awareness about the impact of the disease on women, their families, and their communities. Breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in women in the United States, with approximately one in eight women […]

Learning from Other Countries?
By Robert Bernstein   |   June 28, 2022

“We live in the greatest country on Earth!” So said a caller on Bill Maher’s Real Time on the eve of the unprovoked U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Maher asked the caller how he knew this. “Because I have lived in the U.S. my entire life.” Maher tried to explain the illogic of this, […]

Planned Parenthood Birds and Bees Bash
By Lynda Millner   |   May 10, 2022

The Rotunda at the Hilton Beachfront Resort was rocking when Planned Parenthood held its Birds and Bees Bash beginning with cocktails on the third level. The blowing wind led to some interesting photos. Then down to ground level for a sumptuous dinner at the tables. The three co-chairs who organized this fête were Mary Blair, […]

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Brings World-Class Treatment to Our Community
By Zach Rosen   |   March 29, 2022

Virtually everyone knows someone who has had, or is being treated for, cancer. This disease has become a prevalent threat in our everyday lives. For those who have been around the treatment process, it can be a scary and challenging time for both the individual and their loved ones. At Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, the entire […]

Exploring ESP
By Ann Brode   |   February 15, 2022

Most people haven’t thought much about the connection between their body’s sensory awareness and extra-sensory perception. They consider ESP extra-ordinary and practiced only by adepts or frauds. But, it’s actually available to anyone who pays attention to their inner senses. Although we’re well acquainted with the externals, sound-sight-taste-touch-smell, the internal senses often get overlooked. In […]

Preparing for the Next 100 Years New Chair of Sansum Clinic Board Ready to Take on Competition
By Nick Masuda   |   November 23, 2021

Arnold Schaffer is aware of the obstacles that Sansum Clinic faces as the last remaining independent not-for-profit medical clinic in the state of California. The pandemic? It shut down or delayed outpatient surgeries and imaging centers — services that are needed not only for the community, but also to allow the clinic to operate. Competition? […]

To Stem Cell or Not to Stem Cell: A Q&A with an Orthobiologics Expert
By Nick Masuda   |   November 16, 2021

There is nothing shy about Richard Scheinberg — he believes orthobiologics is a cutting-edge solution to treat joint and musculoskeletal problems. The owner of Scheinberg Orthopedic Group at 401 North Chapala knows that anything associated with “stem cell” treatments comes with a stigma but is adamant that orthobiologics utilizes the body’s own stem cells to […]

‘Perfect Location’: Cottage Dishes on New Montecito Digs
By Nick Masuda   |   November 2, 2021

Taryn O’Connell couldn’t help but crack a smile, the relief of Cottage Urgent Care set to open in Montecito like a weight lifted off her shoulders. Finding real estate in town can be quite the task — a bit more so than its other urgent care centers in San Luis Obispo and Camarillo. “Finding the […]

The Doctor Will See You Now: Coast Village to Get Cottage Urgent Care
By Nick Masuda   |   October 26, 2021

For John Price, his property at the corner of Coast Village and Olive Mill roads has admittedly caused him headaches, with some 28 hearings between 2004 and 2017 looking to prevent him from developing his prime real estate spot into a mixed-use opportunity. He won, time and time again. And now he feels like he’s […]

Happy Anniversary
By Richard Mineards   |   December 3, 2020

Karl Storz Imaging, which has been of a pillar of the Central Coast’s technology industry and is one of the area’s largest employers with nearly 400 staff, just celebrated its 30th anniversary. KSI is a subsidiary of Karl Storz SE and Co. KG, a family-owned company based in Germany that employs more than 8,000 people […]

UCLA Opens Medical Offices on Coast Village Road
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   September 3, 2020

In a project that has been nearly a year in the making, UCLA Health has made accessing its world-class health care easier and more convenient for Santa Barbara-area residents by opening a new practice in Montecito on Coast Village Road.  UCLA Health Montecito medical services include routine exams, physicals, preoperative consults, same-day sick appointments, immunizations, […]

Ginger Salazar Joins Cottage Health Board of Directors
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 20, 2020

Montecito’s Ginger Salazar has joined the volunteer Board of Directors of Cottage Health. Salazar, born and raised in Lompoc, has spent the last decade working to improve health and opportunities for Santa Barbara County residents. She leads branding at Kate Farms.  Her professional career began in brand management and marketing for Procter & Gamble. She […]