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Health Care in Santa Barbara County

Vandenberg AFB Health Care in Santa Barbara County

 

There are many health care services in the Santa Barbara area for military, civilians and veterans, including under the Affordable Care Act. Visit www.healthcare.gov for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act, and go to www.coveredca.com for more information on plans and carriers in California.

See the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local hospitals and medical centers, health care centers and health care providers.

COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CLINICS AND RESOURCES

A community health center or clinic is customarily the place to go for those who have no health insurance or have limited income or ability to pay medical fees. Such clinics accept most insurance and provide affordable, comprehensive health care by well-trained, professional staff. They also serve those who are uninsured and underinsured, and most are open to making sliding scale payment arrangements based on income and family size.

For a full list of community health centers in San Luis Obispo and north Santa Barbara counties, visit the Community Health Centers of the Central Coast Inc. website at www.communityhealthcenters.org and select “Locations.”

DENTAL CARE

The Dental Board of California website, www.dbc.ca.gov, is a useful place to start in finding a dentist with its license verification lists. Select “License Verification” from the home page and select “License Verification” again to find or verify a dentist or dental assistant. You can also seek referrals from people you know who’ve had dental care in the area.

Consider the following to find the best dentist for your needs.

  • Are the office hours convenient for your schedule?
  • Is the dental office close to your home or office?
  • How are dental emergencies handled?
  • Does the office appear to be clean and well-organized?
  • Is the staff helpful and friendly?
  • What are the financial policies and how is insurance handled?

A good relationship with your dentist is essential to good oral health care, so take your time and choose one you and your family feel comfortable with.

The California Dental Association can give you tips for oral health and low-cost dental care. Visit its website at www.cda.org.

FINDING A LOCAL DOCTOR

The best rule in finding a health care provider in a new location is, the sooner, the better. Before arriving at your new assignment, use the Medical Board of California’s license verification tool at www.mbc.ca.gov. You can browse for a provider by location. That should give you can idea of local medical practitioners as well as where you might need to go for specialized care.

Personal referrals from friends or other medical personnel can add to your options. Building trust with a health care provider takes time, so don’t wait until a family member is ill to find a doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care provider.

Keep in mind the following tips and questions as you look for a health care provider.

  • Ask health insurance plans and medical offices for information on their doctors’ training and experience.
  • Make use of AMA Resources for Patients, the American Medical Association’s free physicians’ information service, at www.ama-assn.org.
  • Has the doctor completed several years of training in a specialty? Check out the American Board of Medical Specialties at www.abms.org, call 312-436-2600 or write to the ABMS, 353 N. Clark St., Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60654.
  • Has anyone registered a complaint or taken disciplinary action against the doctor? To find out, check out the Medical Board of California at www.mbc.ca.gov or call 916-263-2382.

Call the doctor’s office and ask for an appointment. Most doctors will take time to meet potential patients, but expect a nominal fee for his or her time.

When you meet a doctor and the staff for the first time, consider the following: When scheduling the appointment, was the receptionist friendly, prompt and professional? Did he or she take time to answer your questions? Were you left on hold too long? Did the receptionist seem knowledgeable about the workings of the office? When you arrived, were you greeted promptly? Was the reception area clean and comfortable? Was the staff friendly and willing to answer your questions? Did you have to wait long in the exam room before the doctor arrived? Was the exam room orderly and clean, with a chair for a family member to sit in? When the doctor arrived and introduced himself or herself, was it with a smile? Did the doctor seem rushed or tired?

Treat finding a doctor as seriously as looking for a new job or a new home. Depending on the length of time you will be in the area, this relationship is a long-term commitment, and you want to be comfortable with the person who will see you while you are most vulnerable.

in Santa Barbara

Vandenberg AFB Health Care

There are many health care services in the Santa Barbara area for military, civilians and veterans, including under the Affordable Care Act. Visit www.healthcare.gov for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act, and go to www.coveredca.com for more information on plans and carriers in California.

See the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local hospitals and medical centers, health care centers and health care providers.

COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CLINICS AND RESOURCES

A community health center or clinic is customarily the place to go for those who have no health insurance or have limited income or ability to pay medical fees. Such clinics accept most insurance and provide affordable, comprehensive health care by well-trained, professional staff. They also serve those who are uninsured and underinsured, and most are open to making sliding scale payment arrangements based on income and family size.

For a full list of community health centers in San Luis Obispo and north Santa Barbara counties, visit the Community Health Centers of the Central Coast Inc. website at www.communityhealthcenters.org and select “Locations.”

Dental Care

The Dental Board of California website, www.dbc.ca.gov, is a useful place to start in finding a dentist with its license verification lists. Select “License Search” from the home page to find or verify a dentist or dental assistant. You can also seek referrals from people you know who’ve had dental care in the area.

Consider the following to find the best dentist for your needs.

  • Are the office hours convenient for your schedule?
  • Is the dental office close to your home or office?
  • How are dental emergencies handled?
  • Does the office appear to be clean and well-organized?
  • Is the staff helpful and friendly?
  • What are the financial policies and how is insurance handled?

A good relationship with your dentist is essential to good oral health care, so take your time and choose one you and your family feel comfortable with.

The California Dental Association can give you tips for oral health and low-cost dental care. Visit its website at www.cda.org.

For Veterans

Vandenberg AFB Health Care For Veterans

 

Veterans in Santa Barbara County are served within Veterans Integrated Service Network 22 — the Desert Pacific Healthcare Network. VISN 22 serves more than 1.5 million veterans with eight VA health care systems and 65 community clinics throughout Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico. The closest community outpatient clinic is in Santa Maria.

California Department of Veteran Affairs

1227 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
800-952-5626
VA Suicide Lifeline 800-273-8255
www.calvet.ca.gov

The Department of Veterans Affairs improves the quality of life for California’s veterans, military and their families by increasing awareness and access to appropriate federal, state and local resources. Veterans within the state can receive health care from a variety of facilities including hospitals, community clinics and veterans homes. Combat veterans who were discharged or released from active service on or after Jan. 28, 2003, are eligible to enroll for enhanced care in the VA health care system for five years from their date of discharge or release. The enrollment period begins on the discharge or separation date of the service member from active-duty service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, the most recent discharge date. Veterans, including activated reservists and National Guard members, are eligible if they served on active duty in combat after Nov. 11, 1998, and have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. Go to www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/returning_servicemembers.asp.

VA Santa Barbara Community-based Outpatient Clinic

4440 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
805-683-1491
www.losangeles.va.gov/locations/directions-SB.asp

The VA Santa Barbara Community-based Outpatient Clinic is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and takes patients on a walk-in basis and by appointment. Services offered include primary care, women’s health, mental health, social services and dietary services. Call the center or visit its website for programs and other services offered, basic eligibility requirements and information you should bring to your first visit.

VA Santa Maria Community-based Outpatient Clinic

1550 E. Main St.
Santa Maria, CA 93454
805-354-6000
www.losangeles.va.gov/locations/directions-SM.asp

The VA Santa Maria Community-based Outpatient Clinic is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and takes patients on a walk-in basis and by appointment. Call the center or visit its website for programs and other services offered, basic eligibility requirements and information you should bring to your first visit.

Santa Barbara County Veterans Links

www.countyofsb.org/ttcpapg/vets

For a good source of resources and services available to veterans in California and Santa Barbara County, visit the county’s website.

Finding a Local Doctor

It is important to find a health care provider before an urgent medical need arises. Building trust with a health care provider takes time, so don’t wait until a family member is ill to find a doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care provider.

Before you arrive at your new assignment, you can check the Medical Board of California’s license verification tool online at www.mbc.ca.gov. This should give you a preview of the local medical practitioners as well as where you might need to go for specialized care.

Personal referrals from friends or other medical personnel can add to your options.

You can check a doctor’s certification at the American Board of Medical Specialties at www.abms.org.

When you have selected a health care provider, consider the following.

  • When you scheduled your appointment, was the receptionist friendly, prompt and professional? Did he or she take time to answer your questions? Were you left on hold too long?
  • When you arrived for your appointment, were you greeted promptly? Was the reception area clean and comfortable? Was the staff friendly and willing to answer your questions?
  • Did you have to wait long in the exam room before the doctor arrived? Was the exam room orderly and clean, with a chair for a family member?
  • When the doctor arrived and introduced himself or herself, did he or she seem rushed or tired? Did you get a good first impression?
  • During the consultation, did nurses or assistants pop in and out? Did the doctor seem caring, compassionate and sympathetic to your concerns? Did you feel comfortable revealing personal information? Did the doctor rush through the meeting?

Treat finding a doctor as seriously as looking for a new job or a new home. You want to be comfortable with the person who will see you while you are most vulnerable.

Hospitals/Medical Centers

Vandenberg AFB Hospitals/Medical Centers-Stock Photo

 

Because emergencies don’t announce themselves in advance, it’s prudent to know where to go when they happen. Saving minutes in a crisis can mean saving a life. Knowing what services are available, and where, can make all the difference. In life-threatening situations, call 911 immediately and follow dispatcher instructions.

Lompoc
Lompoc Valley Medical Center

1515 E. Ocean Ave.
Lompoc, CA 93436
805-737-3300
www.lompocvmc.com

Santa Barbara
Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital

351 S. Patterson Ave.
Goleta, CA 93111
805-967-3411
www.cottagehealth.org

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

400 W. Pueblo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805-682-7111
www.cottagehealth.org

Santa Maria
Marian Regional Medical Center

1400 E. Church St.
Santa Maria, CA 93454
805-739-3000
www.dignityhealth.org/marianregional

Solvang
Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital

2050 Viborg Road
Solvang, CA 93463
805-688-6431
www.cottagehealth.org

For Veterans

Veterans in Santa Barbara County are served within Veterans Integrated Service Network 22 — the Desert Pacific Healthcare Network. VISN 22 serves more than 1.5 million veterans with eight VA health care systems and 65 community clinics throughout Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico. The closest community outpatient clinic is in Santa Maria.

California Department of Veteran Affairs

1227 O St.

Sacramento, CA 95814 800-952-5626

www.calvet.ca.gov 

The Department of Veterans Affairs improves the quality of life for California’s veterans, military and their families by increasing awareness and access to appropriate federal, state and local resources. Veterans within the state can receive health care from a variety of facilities including hospitals, community clinics and veterans homes. Combat veterans who were discharged or released from active service on or after Jan. 28, 2003, are eligible to enroll for enhanced care in the VA health care system for five years from their date of discharge or release. The enrollment period begins on the discharge or separation date of the service member from active-duty service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, the most recent discharge date.

VA Santa Barbara Community-based Outpatient Clinic

4440 Calle Real

Santa Barbara, CA 93110 805-683-1491

www.losangeles.va.gov/locations/directions-SB.asp 

The VA Santa Barbara Community-based Outpatient Clinic takes patients on a walk-in basis and by appointment. Services offered include primary care, women’s health, mental health, social services and dietary services. Call the center or visit its website for programs and other services offered, basic eligibility requirements and information you should bring to your first visit.

VA Santa Maria Community-based Outpatient Clinic

1550 E. Main St.

Santa Maria, CA 93454 805-354-6000

www.losangeles.va.gov/locations/directions-SM.asp 

The VA Santa Maria Community-based Outpatient Clinic takes patients on a walk-in basis and by appointment. Call the center or visit its website for programs and other services offered, basic eligibility requirements and information you should bring to your first visit.

Santa Barbara County Veterans Links

www.countyofsb.org/ttcpapg/vets 

For a good source of resources and services available to veterans in California and Santa Barbara County, visit the county’s website.

Public Health Care

Vandenberg AFB Health Care Public Health Care
 
California Department of Public Health

P.O. Box 997377, MS 0500
Sacramento, CA 95899
916-558-1784
www.cdph.ca.gov

The California Department of Public Health’s mission is to optimize the health and well-being of the people of California. Its website provides information ranging from the Women, Infants and Children program to childhood nutrition and immunizations. It also provides general health information on topics such as specific diseases and illnesses, family health (prenatal care, pregnancy, newborns, child and adolescent health, pregnancy prevention), environmental health, and workplace health and safety.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

300 N. San Antonio Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
805-681-5102
www.countyofsb.org/phd

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department provides extensive information to help you find health care clinics, resources to promote healthy weight in children and families, and general information for family health and fitness. Go to the Public Health Department website and select “Health Care Centers” from the “Quick Find” menu on the left and you will be directed to public health care centers for Santa Barbara County.

Check the schedule of clinics near you for facility hours. It would be unfortunate to find a great clinic with the services you need, only to go there and find that it isn’t open. Services vary depending on each clinic’s resources. Contact a center in advance to make sure it can meet your specific need. For qualifying patients, charges are based on ability to pay.

Common services include primary care, internal medicine and specialty services, clinical laboratory services, pharmacy services, immunizations, women’s health services, well-child exams, physicals and health care reform enrollment.

A listing of health care centers in Santa Barbara County follows. For a full list of health care and satellite centers, visit www.countyofsb.org/phd.

Carpinteria Health Care Center

931 Walnut Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013
805-560-1050

Franklin Health Care Center

1136 E. Montecito St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
805-568-2099

Lompoc Health Care Center

301 N. R St.
Lompoc, CA 93436
805-737-6400

Santa Barbara Health Care Center

345 Camino del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
805-681-5488

Santa Maria Health Care Center

2115 S. Centerpointe Parkway
Santa Maria, CA 93455
805-346-7230

Hospitals/Medical Centers

Because emergencies don’t announce themselves in advance, it’s prudent to know where to go when they happen. Saving minutes in a crisis can mean saving a life. Knowing what services are available, and where, can make all the difference. Visit the following websites for more information on local hospital and medical center services.

Lompoc

Lompoc Valley Medical Center

1515 E. Ocean Ave.

Lompoc, CA 93436 805-737-3300

www.lompocvmc.com 

Santa Barbara

Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital

351 S. Patterson Ave.

Goleta, CA 93111 805-967-3411

www.cottagehealth.org 

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

400 W. Pueblo St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93105 805-682-7111

www.cottagehealth.org 

Santa Maria

Marian Regional Medical Center

1400 E. Church St.

Santa Maria, CA 93454 805-739-3000

www.dignityhealth.org/marianregional 

Solvang

Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital

2050 Viborg Road

Solvang, CA 93463 805-688-6431

www.cottagehealth.org 

Public Health Care

Vandenberg AFB Medical Center

California Department of Public Health

www.cdph.ca.gov 

The California Department of Public Health’s mission is to optimize the health and well-being of the people of California. Its website provides information ranging from the Women, Infants and Children program to childhood nutrition and immunizations. It also provides general health information on topics such as specific diseases and illnesses, family health (prenatal care, pregnancy, newborns, child and adolescent health, pregnancy prevention), environmental health, and workplace health and safety.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

300 N. San Antonio Road

Santa Barbara, CA 93110 805-681-5102

www.countyofsb.org/phd 

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department provides extensive information to help you find health care clinics, resources to promote healthy weight in children and families, and general information for family health and fitness.

Common services include primary care, internal medicine and specialty services, clinical laboratory services, pharmacy services, immunizations, women’s health services, well-child exams, physicals and health care reform enrollment.

A listing of health care centers in Santa Barbara County follows. For a full list of health care and satellite centers, visit the website.

Carpinteria Health Care Center

931 Walnut Ave.

Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-560-1050

Franklin Health Care Center

1136 E. Montecito St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93103 805-568-2099

Lompoc Health Care Center

301 N. R St.

Lompoc, CA 93436 805-737-6400

Santa Barbara Health Care Center

345 Camino del Remedio

Santa Barbara, CA 93110 805-681-5488

Santa Maria Health Care Center

2115 S. Centerpointe Parkway

Santa Maria, CA 93455 805-346-7230

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