The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center

Year: 2018


The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, this year’s President’s Award honoree, opened in September 2017 bringing medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, clinical research, and oncology supportive care teams together under one beautiful roof. The adjacent half-acre Healing Garden provides a serene area surrounded by shaded walking paths and benches for patients, families, caregivers, and staff.

The oncology operations are now called the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, in tribute to Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, who puts her resources to work to make Santa Barbara a community where every life can be enriched and lived well. The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center works closely with their fundraising partner, the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, to ensure the Center serves as a regional destination for oncology services that ranks with the best major treatment centers, delivering exceptional cancer care to every patient, close to home. The aim is to keep the Central Coast at the forefront of modern cancer care through the recruitment and education of highly trained medical staff, acquisition of new technology, active participation in clinical research, integration of oncology services, and continual introduction of promising new methods of treatment.

It took a team including Cearnal Collective LLP, G.L. Bruno Associates, and countless others to make this dream a reality.


Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree

Property Owner
Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara

Project Developer & General Contractor
Gary Bruno, G.L. Bruno Associates, Inc.

Project Architect
Brian Cearnal, AIA, LEED AP, Cearnal Collective, LLP

Design Architect
Michael Fields, Boulder Associates

Landscape Architect
Martha Degasis, Arcadia Studio Project Landscape Contractor & Landscape Maintenance: Randy Regier, Elite Team Offices

Project Stone Masonry
Isidro Olvera, Olvera Masonry

The Dance of Life Sculpture Artist
Aristides Demetrios

Dr. Kurt Ransohoff, CEO & Chief Medical Officer

Lori Willis, Executive Director

Lindsay Cortina, Director of Organizational Initiatives

Matthew Kunkel, Vice President Oncology Services

Jill Fonte, Director of Marketing

Ridley-Tree Executives

Chad Hine, COO of Sansum Clinic; Lori Willis, Executive Director of Cancer Foundation; Frank Foster, Chair of Cancer Foundation Board of Trustees; Janet Garufis, CEO of Montecito Bank & Trust and Chair of Sansum Clinic Board of Trustees; Kurt Ransohoff, MD, FACP, CEO of Sansum Clinic; and Matthew Kunkel, VP of Oncology Services at Ridley-Tree Cancer Center with Sansum Clinic

540 West Pueblo Street
Santa Barbara CA 93105 US
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