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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Sunday, May 26, 2013

New Chair and Director for the Cottage Health System Board

Robert E.M. Nourse was recently elected to chair the volunteer board of directors of the not-for-profit Cottage Health System.


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Lori Gaskin Joins Board as Director

He succeeds Gretchen Milligan who had served in that position for the past three years and will remain a member of the board.

Mr. Nourse’s affiliation with Cottage Health System began in 2005 as a member of the cabinet raising funds for the new Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. He was elected to serve on the Board in 2010.

Currently, he is chairman of Arena Growth Ventures, a private investment company based in Santa Barbara. Mr. Nourse founded The Bombay Company of Canada and over 17 years expanded the business from one store to a publicly-traded NYSE corporation with 450 stores and 6,000 employees throughout North America.

He earned an electrical engineering degree from Queen’s University, an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a doctorate from Harvard Business School.

Mr. Nourse and his wife, Alexandra, have lived in Santa Barbara since 1997. They have four grown children and six grandchildren.

Lori Gaskin, Ph.D. and president of Santa Barbara City College, is the newest member of the Cottage Health System Board. She previously served as president of West Valley College in Saratoga, California.

Dr. Gaskin began her career in the California Community College System 31 years ago as a part-time faculty member at Barstow College. As a tenured faculty member at Barstow College, Dr. Gaskin taught in the fields of geography and geology, and served in numerous faculty leadership roles.

Dr. Gaskin holds a B.A degree and a M.A. degree in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno.

In addition to Mr. Nourse as chair, other Cottage Health System board officers for 2013 are Steven Ainsley, vice chair; Robert Nakasone, vice chair; Marshal “Chip” Turner, vice chair; and Alex Koper II, MD, secretary. Additional board members along with Dr. Gaskin are Margaret Baker; Edward Bentley, MD; John Clark; Gregory Faulkner; Judith Hopkinson; Fred Lukas; Gretchen Milligan; Elliot Prager, MD; John Romo and Thomas Watson.

About Cottage Health System

The not-for-profit Cottage Health System — the parent organization of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and its associated Cottage Children’s Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital — is guided by a volunteer board of directors from the greater-Santa Barbara community. Last year, the Cottage hospitals provided inpatient care for 20,000 people, treated 68,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,300 newborns.

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