The organization also welcomes permanent CEO Trula Breuninger as it continues to work toward improved fiscal health
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Charles Fenzi, left, Chief Dental Officer Dr. Quynh Nguyen and board president Mark Palmer speak Thursday on behalf of the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, explaining that the facilities saw more patients in October than ever before. (Giana Magnoli / Noozhawk photo)
By Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @magnoli | Published on 11.21.2013 10:12 p.m.
The Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics will be opening a new clinic in Old Town Goleta with federal Health Resources and Services Administration funding, board president Mark Palmer announced Thursday.
Its interim CEO, Trula Breuninger, who comes with a wealth of experience, has been named the permanent CEO for the organization.
Just six months ago, SBNC announced it may have to close its doors and asked for community support.
The Cottage Health System funded a consultant to develop a turnaround plan and a coalition of donors put in $600,000 between July and October as certain milestones were met. The clinics serve 17,000 patients a year on the SouthCoast.
SBNC has been cutting costs by moving out of the 1900 State St. offices, outsourcing and consolidating staff from 103 to 94 positions, and finding operational efficiencies, Palmer said.
The monthly deficit of $250,000 has gone down to $100,000, the lowest it has been in five years, he said. SBNC officials are aiming for about $75,000 per month, which is why they are asking for long-term community support.
It’s impossible for the clinics to break even or profit since federally-qualified health centers have to take every patient regardless of ability to pay, he said.
The clinics had the highest number of patient visits ever in October, with 5,187 patients and more than 1,500 dental visits. Of the medical visits, 33 percent were not reimbursable and had little or no revenue to the clinics.
The clinics are expecting more dental patients in the future, since adult dental benefits are coming back for Medi-Cal patients next May, said Dr. Quynh Nguyen, chief dental officer for the clinics. Only one or two private practice dentists on the SouthCoast accept Medi-Cal patients, she noted.
Clinics are actually looking forward to the Affordable Care Act, since they expect more patients to get covered by Medi-Cal. That way, more patients will provide reimbursements to the clinics. SBNC is trying to increase its reimbursement rate as well.
The new Goleta clinic comes with federal funding of $812,500 and annual funding of $650,000 starting next year, Breuninger said.
“It validates we are a clinic that’s here to stay,” she said.
Officials are currently looking for space — at least 11,000 square feet — in the OldTown area and will start with a small staff. The clinic has the potential to reach 37,000 unserved patients in that area, she said.
The $650,000 a year is for operational costs and it won’t be enough to sustain the new clinic, so SBNC will continue relying on community support, she said.
There was talk of merging with the American Indian Health Services clinic on Upper State Street, but the clinics ultimately decided it was better to stay separate, Palmer said. Breuninger is affiliated with the Navajo tribe and has experience with American Indian health centers across the Southwest, including as CEO for the San Diego American Indian Health Center and most recently the Southern Indian Health Council Inc.
Dr. Charles Fenzi, chief medical officer, said the clinics want to expand hours for better access and be open in the evenings. The three clinics on the Westside, Eastside and in Isla Vista are already open on Saturdays, as is the dental clinic on Santa Barbara’s Eastside.
Fenzi and Nguyen credited all the doctors and other providers for sticking with the clinics over the last six months, saying they didn’t lose any clinicians.
“No one headed for the door — everyone just rolled up their sleeves and went to work,” Palmer added.
SBNC is still waiting on a decision from the state Department of Finance on the Isla Vista Clinic building. It’s a former Redevelopment Agency property so the state has discretion whether to make the county sell it or be allowed to keep it.
The county Board of Supervisors is fighting to keep it, since it’s the only public-health clinic in that community of 22,000 people.
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SOURCE: CANDICE TANG NYHOLT FOR THE FOODBANK OF SANTA BARBARACOUNTY
Chicago, New York City and San Francisco are world-class dining destinations, but each came up second best to Santa Barbara in a national contest hosted by the James Beard Foundation.
The Local Dish Challenge showcases restaurants around the country competing for the “Best Dish.” Julienne was the only restaurant represented in Santa Barbara, compared to Chicago with 11 restaurants that came in second. Even 15 restaurants competing in New York City were not enough to match the Julienne Bouillabaisse Dish and the outpouring of community support. Diners voted by taking a photo of the restaurant’s featured dish and Instagramming the photo with the appropriate hashtags.
Julienne chose the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County as the nonprofit partner, and the contest win means a $10,000.00 donation.
“With this donation we can serve over 80,000 meals, which is so very important during the holiday season,” said Misha Karbelnig, development coordinator at the Foodbank.
Husband and wife team Justin and Emma West founded Julienne in 2008 and now open their 40-seat restaurant six days a week to the Santa Barbara community.
“This win is for the staff that worked so hard, the people that came in and voted, and of course the Foodbank. It is so rewarding to raise money by doing what we love,” said Justin West, head chef at Julienne, adding that the fact that Julienne was the only restaurant represented in Santa Barbara and found a way to win against much larger cities is a testament to the community.
“It’s really a David and Goliath story,” Karbelnig said.
The collaboration between the Foodbank and Julienne came through another fundraiser, when Jacques Habra, entrepreneur and manager of the Noospheric Quantified Fund, hosted an open house to benefit the Foodbank earlier this year.
“For a long while now, Justin and I have been exploring ways to work together,” Habra said.
Julienne donated its signature charcuterie plate for the Noospheric open house fundraiser, which led to the planning of a special fundraiser dinner at Julienne and the James Beard Foundation Taste Challenge. The trio of Habra, West and Karbelnig knew it wasn’t going to be easy to beat out very well-populated metropolitan cities represented by 10-plus restaurants.
“I like being the underdog,” West said.
Habra added: “This is what makes Santa Barbara so special — it is a very connected community that comes together to help those in need. This was a complete community effort, from the marketing support of First Click and SurfMedia Communciations to the hardworking staff at Julienne to the 192 diners who responded and voted.”
Jane Lindsey, development director at the Foodbank, agreed: “This was certainly no small task — thanks to the team for supporting our work to build a healthy community.”
“We are grateful to Julienne and to our entire community for their dedication to help solve hunger and food insecurity through their support of Foodbank,” said Erik Talkin, CEO of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “Julienne’s farm to table philosophy is something Foodbank can stand behind. It aligns with our goal to bring real food back to the forefront of the conversation and on our tables.”
There are already plans for more fundraising, including a holiday canned food drive challenge that Chef Justin has envisioned. For now, Santa Barbara should feel really good about having the “Best Dish” in America and raising $10,000 for the Foodbank.
— Candice Tang Nyholt is a publicist representing the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.
SBCC charging for classes due to state funding cuts to adult education
Students Keep Adult Education Funded
Adult students in Santa BarbaraCityCollege’s Center for Lifelong Learning are well into their first semester of the new program.
Now, the students are being charged more for classes but the enrollment has stayed the same.
Students in a cooking class at the SchottCenter campus were busy making holiday treats Tuesday.
“Each thing was completely made from scratch,” said Michele Molony, the course instructor.
The cooking class cost students $60 for tuition and materials.
“For a long time it’s been almost free. So now we are having to ask our students to pay more. All of the instructors are working to make sure we have a product that’s of good value because not only are they friends, they are now paying clients,” said Molony.
The Center for Lifelong Learning is charging for classes now that the state cut funding, but it isn’t deterring some from attending. What the school isn’t getting from the state in terms of financial help, it is getting from the students.
“Oh, it’s outstanding and I think for what we are doing the cost is very reasonable and it’s really fun. They seem to allow everybody in who wants to take the class, so it’s really great,” said Hannah Keturi, a student.
Molony is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and is glad her students think the class is worth the price.
“The teacher is very experienced and we get to take many of the desserts home. So it’s definitely worth it,” said Louise Henderson, a student.
And not all the courses cost as much as this one.
“I don’t think it’s that much. Like, the computer class is only $5, so that’s not bad,” said Alma Romero, a student.
“Food is love. That’s they way it is,” said Molony.
The winter term starts in January but registration begins Dec. 9.
For more information on how to register, you can click here or call the SchottCenter at 805-687-0812 or the WakeCenter at 805-964-6853.
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By Flannery Hill for Garden Court | Published on 11.18.2013 2:53 p.m.
On Wednesday, Garden Court senior residents and staff will thank those who helped fund their new Care-a-Van — a propane-powered, 11-passenger 2014 Ford Champion Crusader shuttle bus.
Residents and invited guests will enjoy a lovely meal, christen the shuttle bus, and Rob Pearson, executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara, will say a few words of gratitude.
The Care-a-Van will have a positive effect on the lives of seniors as it helps keep residents healthy and engaged with the community. The green shuttle bus includes a lift, which allows residents with limited mobility to stay independent. The van offers access to doctors’ appointments, which in turn encourages residents to take preventive health measures, aiding Garden Court’s larger holistic health program.
“Transportation is essential to supporting the independence of our residents,” said Chris Tucker, Garden Court executive director. “The generosity of our donors helps residents take advantage of transportation for medical appointments, shopping, staying in touch with their faith communities and seeing their friends and family.”
Attendees representing major donors will include Janet Garufis of Montecito Bank & Trust, Ragan O’Reilly of the O’Reilly Family Foundation, Bhupindarpal Singh of Direct Relief, Terry Bartlett of Reetz, Fox and Bartlett, and Alyce and Bob Parsons of the Parsons Group.
The new passenger bus is entirely propane-powered. Propane is a fuel source, which is low-emission and domestic. With this knowledge, residents become environmentally conscious and environmental advocates in their community.
Transportation is key to encouraging involvement and engagement among residents at Garden Court. The Care-a-Van will also service other Housing Authority senior developments such as Presidio Springs and SHIFCO on the Mesa.
Many of Garden Court’s 97 seniors, age 62 or older, are longtime Santa Barbara area residents who worked all their lives serving the Santa Barbara community as laborers, nurses, business owners and teachers. These residents are spending their golden years as an active part of the community they helped to shape and tend. Some residents have moved to Santa Barbara in more recent years to be closer to families who live here and to enjoy those relationships.
Garden Court, at 1116 De la Vina St., is dedicated to providing opportunities for residents to connect with the community by bringing in groups to engage with the residents at Garden Court. Residents also participate in the Santa Barbara community in other ways, such as volunteering and fundraising for local charities.
— Flannery Hill is a publicist representing Garden Court.
By Flannery Hill for Monarch Wealth Strategies
Santa Barbara-based Monarch Wealth Strategies has achieved what many of its larger investment competitors have not: surviving and even thriving during one of the most difficult economic periods in recent history.
As large investment companies and banks were considered to be responsible for the economic collapse, investors lost faith in these behemoth companies that were obsessed with making money for themselves and the interest of the client took a backseat for institutional profit.
Aaron Clark, president and founder of Monarch Wealth Strategies, worked for some of those well-known firms before striking out on his own. He saw an opportunity to stand apart by taking a personalized and ethical approach to financial planning.
Monarch Wealth Strategies was founded in 2008. After experiencing firsthand the poor business practices and conflicts of interest plaguing the financial industry, Clark decided that it was time to proactively make a positive difference in his field and take matters into his own hands.
“People might have thought we were crazy starting Monarch in the middle of one of the most difficult economic periods in recent history, but ironically, I think that has a lot to do with our current strength,” he said. “I believe we gained a lot of respect and credibility by taking a chance in a time when no one wanted to challenge the status quo.
“While working at a large firm, I felt a significant disconnect between what I wanted for our clients and what the firm desired. We had a vision that a financial services firm should operate under the highest code of ethics, have no proprietary products or conflicts of interest, and consider each client’s entire life picture before making any recommendations.”
Today, Monarch Wealth Strategies is an experienced firm known for philanthropy, integrity, exceptional and competent services, and integrated planning strategies.
Monarch Wealth Strategies’ clients Joe and Barbara Godley agree: “With Aaron and the folks at Monarch, we get full service financial planning and strategies over the long haul verses arbitrary investments ‘in a vacuum.’ They take a comprehensive approach which is really reassuring and led us very comfortably into our retirement.”
Each year since its founding, Monarch Wealth Strategies has managed more and more assets. In fact, the company has grown over 300 percent in the past four years. Clark believes their growing revenue stream is a result of their engagement and consistency with clients as well as a firm ear to the ground about all aspects of investing, the economic industry as a whole, and even new technologies. It doesn’t hurt that Clark is also a native to Santa Barbara and feels he has an innate sense of what his clients are looking for in a financial planner.
Clark graduated with honors from San Diego State University with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice administration and a minor in sociology. He then pursued his master of science graduate degree in personal financial planning.
His career began at A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc., which operated as a full-service securities broker-dealer in the United States and Europe. Clark was duly recognized as being one of the firm’s top financial consultants while working with high net worth individuals. He was employed by Wachovia Securities LLC after their acquisition of A.G. Edwards & Sons. He founded Monarch Wealth Strategies in 2008.
He was a member of the financial abuse specialist team for Santa Barbara County. He served on the board of the Mental Health Association in Santa Barbara County, and is on the Board of the Montecito Rotary Club.
— Flannery Hill is a publicist representing Monarch Wealth Strategies.
A lively group of Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) supporters, local business people, donors, volunteers, and staff recently enjoyed a WEV Connects event at Downtown Sol in Oxnard. WEV client and owner of Downtown Sol, Marisa Lopez shared the beautiful works of local artisans featured at her handmade boutique and gallery.
Downtown Sol, located at 328 3rd Street in Oxnard, unites arts and crafts lovers with local artists through one-of-a-kind art, accessories and décor.
Attendees spent the evening networking to energize their enterprises and had the opportunity to learn about WEV’s continuum of programs for entrepreneurs at every stage, including WEV’s flagship Self-Employment Training (SET) course, which begins in early 2014.
Orientations are being offered for the upcoming SET course in VenturaCounty:
o Thursday, November 14th, 12-1pm, Oxnard
o Tuesday, November 19th, 6-7pm, Ventura
o Wednesday, December 4th, 6-7pm, Ventura
o Tuesday, December 10th, 6-7pm, Thousand Oaks
To learn more about WEV’s programs or to register for an upcoming orientation, visit http://www.wevonline.org or call (805) 667-8004.
About Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)
WEV is dedicated to creating an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women. Since 1991, WEV has been providing self-employment training, technical assistance and microloans to primarily low-income women. WEV offers a continuum of programs to help both women and men start, stabilize and grow small businesses. WEV’s service area includes Santa Barbara and VenturaCounties, with offices in Santa Barbara and Ventura. WEV’s Small Business Loan Fund provides start-up and expansion loans of up to $50,000 to pre-bankable microenterprises. For more information, visit WEV’s Web site athttp://www.wevonline.org
This story is contributed by a member of the Ventura community and is neither endorsed nor affiliated with Ventura County Star
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Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) Women’s BusinessCenter will hold free, one-hour informational orientation sessions from noon to 1 p.m. today in Buellton to help attendees determine their readiness for one of WEV’s business courses. Orientation is required to enroll in select courses such as the Self-Employment Training (SET) program. WEV is a nationally recognized, local nonprofit that provides business training, small business loans and many other resources.
This meeting is free, but reservations are required. Exact location of the meeting will be given when reservations are made. Another orientation meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Buellton.
WEV’s Women’s Business Center offers a comprehensive 14 week, 56-hour Self-Employment Training (SET) program that is targeted to women (it also serves men), and provides guidance on how to start, operate or expand a business. Participants leave the course with a complete business plan including a marketing plan, a cash flow projection, an operations plan and a core network to help sustain the business.
The program is offered in both English and Spanish, and provides week-by-week training on topics including finances, marketing and sales, public relations and advertising, legal and insurance issues, record keeping, and how to write a business plan. After the 14-week course, WEV SET graduates emerge with the most important tools and resources they need to start a new business or grow their current business.
Since 1991, WEV has helped to create or expand over 2,000 businesses, creating or retaining over 3,000 local jobs.
For more information or to register for the orientation, call 965-6073 or visit www.wevonline.org/set-orientations.
By Kelly Kapaun for Hospice of Santa Barbara | Published on 11.13.2013 1:26 p.m.
Hospice of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a generous grant of $80,000 from the Archstone Foundation.
The grant will be used to support Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Spiritual Care Program in three areas: advance the integration of spiritual care into HSB’s nonmedical, community-based programs that serve people with life-threatening illness and bereavement needs; decrease the spiritual suffering & isolation of residents of long-term care facilities in the greater Santa Barbara area; and extend the reach of HSB’s trained spiritual care volunteers into long-term care facilities.
In addition, a key component of the grant is funds for in-depth research on the impact of the program with the goal of publishing the findings in appropriate journals.
This is the third year in a row Hospice of Santa Barbara has received this award, with the amount increasing from $50,000 in 2012 to $80,000 this year.
“The Archstone Foundation is pleased to provide a third year of funding for the Hospice of Santa Barbara Inc., Community Spiritual Care Program,” said Joseph Prevratil, president of the Archstone Foundation. “Today, more than ever, spirituality is both important and relevant. It is important because it gives us the opportunity to understand life and its meaning. And it takes a lifetime to understand that there are three practical truths of existence: that we are so ruined, and so loved, and in charge of so little. This program seeks to decrease spiritual suffering and isolation at the end of life; an endeavor that is so needed.”
“This generous grant ensures that a complete team of professionals can negotiate the complex effects of life-threatening disease, including the spiritual components facing patients and their families,” said Steve Jacobsen, executive director of Hospice of Santa Barbara. “I am grateful for the extraordinary work our Spiritual Care Counselors and Spiritual Companion volunteers have done this year and how this work is deepening and spreading in our community.”
— Kelly Kapaun is a publicist representing Hospice of Santa Barbara.