Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (SBCH) took the reins on September 28 with their first Day in the Life event. On this exciting day, staff from Santa Barbara and HTS specialists simulated situations that may arise during the day-to-day operations of the facility, especially in patient care. HTS was onsite three days preceding the big event to make sure all departments are ready to take on the day with ease and confidence. Over fifteen (15) HTS team members and one hundred fifty (150) facility staff in seven (7) host departments (ED, NICU, PICU, Pediatrics, Oncology, Telemetry, and Dialysis) and thirty (30) other supporting departments participated in testing workflow, paths of travel, new equipment, and systems. It was a fun day for everyone with the staff’s energy radiating throughout the day. Their commitment to doing the work was a showcase for all, including hospital guests.

Hilda Nering, Project Manager for SBCH, is in awe of how well the event turned out. She noted, “It’s so exciting to see the first Day in the Life come to fruition for a project, and the SBCH and HTS team could not have made me prouder. The amount of pre-planning and preparation is very extensive so the reward of seeing the actual event unfold successfully is always worth the hard work.”

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is on Phase 6 of a decade-long rebuilding project. Phase 6, located at 400 W. Pueblo Street, started construction in September 2016 for a new patient pavilion and expanded emergency department. The $700 million project addresses California laws that require all acute-care hospitals to be retrofitted or rebuilt to withstand and still be functional following an earthquake like the 6.7 magnitude Northridge quake that devastated a large swath of Los Angeles.

Congratulations, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital! What an amazing day!