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Marian Regional Medical Center Receives Transformational Gift for Behavioral Health Services

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Sierra Land Group donates $2.7 million building that will house Marian's behavioral health programs and services

SANTA MARIA, CA – September 11, 2019 – Marian Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the nonprofit organization is the recent recipient of a generous $2,725,000 building donation from The Sierra Land Group, the previous owner of the Marian West campus. This transformational gift will allow Marian to develop much-needed Behavioral Health Services in Santa Maria at the Marian West location through the establishment of a Crisis Stabilization Unit. 

“We are so incredibly thankful for this very substantial gift,” says Marian Regional Medical Center President and CEO Sue Andersen. “Considering our recent outreach to the community about the very urgent need for a behavioral health program locally, we are grateful that we can now move toward creating such a program to best treat those in need of this specialty care.”

The Sierra Land Group has remained a valuable partner in supporting Marian’s healing ministry and believes strongly in giving back to the communities their company serves. Dan Kaplan, CEO of Sierra Land Group, believes strongly in the commitment of his company to bettering the Santa Maria and Central Coast communities.

“Sierra Land Group’s business culture is one that believes in responsible business practices with a heart for giving back to the communities in which we do business,” says Dan Kaplan. “It seemed only fitting, after all this time, that we do something more to help the Santa Maria community and are happy to donate this building, allowing the foundation for further growth and development designed to help those in need. We are honored and pleased to be part of Marian Regional Medical Center’s expansion into behavioral health.”

News of this transformational $2.7 Million gift was publically shared at Marian’s Vineyards and Vistas Annual Dinner event on August 24, 2019. In front of 340 attendees at Presqu’ile Winery, this gift was celebrated and added to the interest of the community in supporting Marian’s efforts in behavioral health. In addition to hearing from Mr. Kaplan, attendees also were provided with information about the need for a Crisis Stabilization Unit at Marian West.

"As a physician who sees firsthand such a critical need for a designated behavioral health unit to serve our community, I am so appreciative of this very generous donation," says David Ketelaar, MD, Behavioral Health physician champion at Marian Regional Medical Center. "Individuals with behavioral health issues deserve to get the best care close to their homes and families, and this contribution will do just that."

To learn more about Behavioral Health Services at Marian, visit or call (805) 739-3595.



About Marian Regional Medical Center
Marian Regional Medical Center, located in Santa Maria, California, is a technologically advanced, 191-bed facility that provides safe, quality care to the communities it serves.  Marian has been a recipient of the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for four consecutive years, and was also named among the Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care by Healthgrades. Marian is designated a STEMI Receiving Center in Santa Barbara County, and is designated a Level III Trauma Center by Santa Barbara County’s Emergency Medical Services Agency. The facility has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission for advanced, comprehensive care for stroke patients. Our cancer care program is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, and is one of only three programs between Los Angeles and San Francisco to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award. The campus houses the most comprehensive perinatology/neonatology program on the Central Coast, providing specialized care to the tiniest of patients. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. 


Publish date: 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019