Casino-rich Chumash tribe gives $1 million to Santa Ynez hospital 5-10-07

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (AP) - The casino-rich Chumash tribe donated $1
million to Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital to help pay for
expansion and upgrades.

“This generous gift will help us continue to provide health care to
all people in the greater Santa Ynez community,” hospital vice
president Wende Cappetta said in a statement.

The gift by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is part of a $10
million fundraising drive to seismically retrofit and expand the
20-bed, acute-care hospital in Solvang. Some $4.8 million has been
raised so far.

Cottage Health System, which owns and operates the hospital, will
provide the remaining $5 million for the project.

The project also includes an emergency-department expansion, a new
ambulance bay, radiology and laboratory consolidation, a new
entryway, new surgical units and landscaping. No beds will be added.

“Those who live in the valley depend on the 24-hour services of the
hospital and it's a privilege to be part of helping it improve and
expand to serve all local residents and visitors,” Chumash Tribal
Chairman Vincent Armenta said in a statement.