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Minutes: The One with the New Hospital (01/04/12)

January 4, 2012

President Joe Weiland called the meeting to order.

Invocation: Andrew Chung
Pledge: David Vo
Raffle: Scott Burns brought a bottle of wine and offered a trip on his sailboat

President Joe thanked the ukelele group for the holiday program.
Visiting Rotarians: Laurie from SB Downtown
Guests: Ron Biscaro, Betty

Club announcements:

  • Steve announced that the golf tournament will be May 21. Last year’s brochures are available to help recruit new sponsors. Everyone is on the golf tourney committee.
  • Bill Boyd announced the Symposium to End Poverty Sustainably at UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 28 from 8 am to 4 pm. You can attend for free, but you must register in advance. There will be great speakers and workshops. Get a better understanding of the types of issues at we try to help globally.
  • Connard Hogan reminded us to re-register for the Ralphs Rewards program. Go online, connect your reward card to our foundation by scanning your card and Connard’s form at Ralphs. encourage Friends and family to tie their Ralphs cards to our foundation.
  • Dana Goba reminded us that we’ll have a tour of the new Cottage Hospital at 11 am on Sunday. Meet in the new lobby.
  • Don Bennett shared that the Salvation Army bell ringing was a success. We raised 1,773.83 over four weekends.
  • The Foundation board meeting will be at Jody Dolan Holehouse’s ‘s office next Tuesday at noon. She’ll send out the agenda.

President’s announcements:

  • Joe is a happy lame duck. He’s even here when there’s good surf.
  • Members have new fine cards. Sign them. Use them.
  • The 2012 National Immunization Day has been announced. Sign up by Friday, Jan. 6, with Anil Garg. The trip departs Feb. 19 or 20.
  •  A team went to decorate the Rotary Rose Parade float. Chris Baxter reported that 45 people went down to Pasadena on the SB Airbus on Jan. 31. They worked from 4 pm to nearly 1 am. They had a lot of fun. The float won the Princess Award.
  • Tuesday night rendezvous will be TBD
  • Happy birthday to Andrew, Burt, Tom Putnam, David Velarde. Happy anniversaries, too.
  • Rotary lunch lottery: reports from Sherrie Fisher and Liz Werhane, Connard and Jody. The new pair is Tom Heath and Fred Gaeden.
  • Sergeant at arms Don Bennett managed the pay and tell.
  • The raffle raised $63.50. The winner is Bill Abel.

Program: Ron Biscaro presented about the Cottage Hospital renovation

  • The rebuild results from seismic requirements, and they have until 2020 to complete the changes.
  • There are many more projects than just the hospital structure — like the energy center, central plant,
  • Phase 4 took 47 months, just 5 months longer than estimated.
  • There are  3 new buildings since Nov. 2007, including 70,000 square feet of new construction.
  • There will be a long transition phase moving from old to new.
  • It’s Spanish colonial on the outside, but much more modern on the inside — lots of glass and interesting architecture.
  • Phase 5 will be 2012-2015 and include demolition of 4 buildings, creating a link building, rebuild some departments. It will also include voluntary seismic upgrades to be prepared for a 7.0 earthquake.
  • Phase 6 will be 2015-2017 and include another patient pavilion, pediatric area and many other facilities.
  • Security will be tighter.
  • Move in day will be Feb. 12 and take about 30 hours. It took them a couple of years to plan the transition.
  • They’re piloting various digital records processes.
  • The new Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital may be completed in 2014. It’s about 152,000 square feet. They’re also in design review for the GVCH Medical Office Building.
  • Bella Riviera, a 115-unit housing complex at the site of the former St. Francis hospital site. there will be 81 units for affordable housing for Cottage Health System employees. There will also be 34 market units. Brian Cearnal is the architect. 20 units per acre.
  • The whole project will cost about $700 million. About half of the money came from bonds, more than $100 million from the capital campaign. And some from foundation reserves.

President Joe adjourned the meeting.

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