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Cottage Hospital May Sell Off Santa Barbara Outpatient Surgery Center

Cottage Health System announced Monday that it will explore the sale of its Santa Barbara Outpatient Surgery Center.

The divestment is intended to alleviate Federal Trade Commission unease about the hospital system’s proposed merger with Sansum Clinic.

In June 2013, the two nonprofit health-care providers unveiled plans to develop an integrated health system that would unite Cottage, the South Coast’s only inpatient hospital, with Sansum, the region’s largest outpatient clinic.