Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Auxiliary and Foundation Award $15,000 in Scholarships to Pursue Health Careers

Oct 16, 2020
Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Auxiliary and Foundation  Award $15,000 in Scholarships to Pursue Health Careers

October 16, 2020

Contact: June Martin, SYVCH Foundation Administrator (805)691-9509  [email protected]

Maria Zate, Cottage Health Public Relations Manager (805)879-8986 [email protected]


Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Auxiliary and Foundation

Award $15,000 in Scholarships to Pursue Health Careers


SOLVANG—The Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) Auxiliary awarded five $3,000 scholarships to local students, totaling $15,000. Scholarships are given each year to Santa Ynez Valley students who are entering or currently in health-related careers and have a letter of acceptance to an accredited college or university.


Scholarships are made possible from three sources: the SYVCH Auxiliary fundraising efforts at the New To You Shop, and the Ann Bertero Scholarship Fund and the Jean Pack Scholarship Fund administered by the SYVCH Foundation.


SYVCH Auxiliary Scholarship Recipients

Olivia Baeke

Olivia, a 2020 graduate of Santa Ynez Valley Union High School (SYVUHS), is pursuing a career as a trauma surgeon. Her plans are to attend Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) to major in psychology, and then transfer to Kansas University to study biology.


Adrienne Urban

Adrienne is currently in the radiography program at SBCC with an anticipated graduation date of spring 2021. After graduation, she plans to start working at a hospital or clinic on the Central Coast as a radiologic technologist. 


The Ann Bertero Scholarship Fund Recipients

Maddie Alton

A sophomore at Smith College in Western Massachusetts, Maddie is majoring in neuroscience and natural sciences to prepare for medical school requirements. She is planning to pursue a career in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.


Marina Vengel

Marina, a 2020 SYVUHS graduate, is attending California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, majoring in child development. Her goal is to become a child life specialist to support the youngest patients in hospitals.


The Jean Pack Scholarship Fund Recipient

Kiely West 

Kiely, a 2020 graduate of SYVUHS, is attending SBCC. She will transfer to UC Davis or California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo to major in Kinesiology with the goal of becoming a Physician’s Assistant and returning to the Santa Ynez Valley to give back to the community that has given her so much.


Scholarship recipients were selected by the SYVCH Auxiliary Scholarship Committee, which is co-chaired by Martha Nedegaard and Jacky Green, along with members Barbara Breza, Brenda Loskamp, Susan Snekvik, Judine Victor and April Vossler.


The Ann Bertero Scholarship Fund was established in 2018 through the SYVCH Foundation by Mrs. Bertero’s daughter, Lisa Bertero Palmer, and son-in-law, Steve Palmer, with support from their family. Ann was a devoted Auxiliary volunteer for more than a decade, and a life-long hospital volunteer in every community she lived. She helped inaugurate and integrate Auxiliary volunteers into SYVCH’s emergency department in 2006 and also created a hospital youth volunteer program. Ann was the recipient of the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation Health & Human Services Volunteer of the Year award in 2012.


The Jean Pack Scholarship Fund was established in 2019 through the SYVCH Foundation. Bob Pack, husband of the late Jean Pack, created the fund to honor Jean’s tireless work as a volunteer at the hospital for more than two decades, including chairing the scholarship committee for six years and supporting fundraising activities.


 “Volunteers are the lifeblood of this hospital. They provide thousands of hours of invaluable volunteer service each year and operate the New to You shop to raise funds for two of these scholarships,” said Wende Cappetta, Vice President of SYVCH. “The hospital and community are so much stronger because of our volunteers. We thank them for their dedication and generosity!”


New SYVCH volunteers are always welcome. For more information about volunteering, visit the hospital’s volunteer website at: or contact Volunteer Services at 805-569-7357 or email: [email protected]


The Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation (SYVCHF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1978 whose mission is to develop, manage and channel the community’s financial support on behalf of Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, thereby serving not only to protect, but also enhance the hospital as a valuable community asset.


About Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital and Cottage Heath

Founded in 1964, the not-for-profit Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) located at 2050 Viborg Road in Solvang, provides high quality outpatient surgical services, inpatient care, comprehensive imaging (including MRI, CT, 3D mammography, ultrasound, X-ray), on-site laboratory, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, physicians specialty clinic and 24-hour emergency services to the community. SYVCH is part of the not-for-profit Cottage Health, the leader in providing advanced medical care to the Central Coast region. Specialties include the Cottage Children’s Medical Center, Level 1 Trauma Center, Neuroscience Institute, Heart & Vascular Center, Center for Orthopedics, and Rehabilitation Hospital. The Cottage Health medical staff is comprised of more than 700 physicians, many with subspecialties typically found only at university medical centers. In 2019, the Cottage Health hospitals in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley provided inpatient care for 21,000 people, treated 80,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,100 newborns. For more information, call 805-688-6431 or visit


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