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Awards and Recognitions


French Hospital is proud to be your award-winning community hospital. Our awards and accolades are a testament to the excellence and dedication of our highly skilled physicians, employees and volunteers. We believe in transparency and we believe your hospital should provide the highest level of quality health care and be held to a high standard for that quality and for safety.

Below are two lists of our most recent awards.  The first comes from Healthgrades. The second list is from non-biased, unsolicited health care ratings organizations who have honored us with quality and excellence awards.

French Hospital Medical Center has a long and rich history. We have served San Luis Obispo County for nearly 70 years, and will continue to be your award-winning medical center, well into the future. We are pleased to announce that we has been named one of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® for a second time by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.

Click here to see the full list: "Your Award Winning Community Hospital." 

Awarded by Healthgrades

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis, 2012–2019
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement, 2018 –2019
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Patient Safety for 6 Years in a Row, 2013–2018
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement, 2010–2018
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia, 2011–2018
  • Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment, 2011–2018
  • Five-Star Recipient for Pacemaker Procedures, 2014–2018
  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™, 2013–2018
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Patient Safety, 2013–2017
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety, 2013–2017
  • Pulmonary Care Excellence Award, 2015–2017
  • Five-Star Recipient for Carotid Surgery, 2017
  • Five-Star Recipient for C-Section Delivery, 2017
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack, 2009–2016
  • One of HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement and Ranked Among Top 10% in the Nation, 2010–2016
  • Joint Replacement Excellence Award, 2010–2016
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure, 2013–2016
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award, 2011, 2013–2016
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall GI Services, 2015–2016
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services, 2015–2016
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment for Bowel Obstruction, 2016
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services, 2016

Other Awards & Accolades

  • Get with the Guidelines Stroke Award Participating, American Heart Association, 2018
  • Greenhealth Partner for Change Award by Practice Greenhealth, 2018
  • “A” Rating for Hospital Safety by Leapfrog, 2018
  • Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Hospital for Obstetrics, 2018
  • Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety, 2018
  • Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Stroke Centers, 2018
  • Named one of the 100 Great Community Hospitals in the United States by Becker’s Hospital Review, 2018
  • Top Hospital by Leapfrog, 2017
  • HCAHPS Best Performer, Exceeding Expectations by Press Ganey Associates, Inc., 2016 (formerly awarded by Avatar Solutions)
  • Recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a Nation’s Best Hospital for High Performance of Congestive Heart Failure, 2016
  • Mission: Lifeline® Quality Achievement Award
  • Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Plus
  • Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Early Adopter Award, American Heart Association
  • Healthcare Innovation Award, CenCal Health, 2016
  • Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score results: French Hospital Medical Center has now achieved Straight A’s in the Hospital Safety Score, 2012–2016
  • 100 Top Hospital in the Nation by Truven Health Analytics, 2012, 2015–2016 (formerly Thomson Reuters)
  • Dignity Health System Integrity Award, 2015
  • Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certified as recommended by the Joint Commission, 2015
  • Performance Excellence Award by CALNOC, 2014–2015
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation certified by American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)
  • Among Top 5% in state for patient satisfaction and care quality measures, CalHospitalCompare.org; CHART
  • Baby-Friendly Hospital Designation by the National Designated Center for Breastfeeding Support
  • Commission on Cancer Three Year Accreditation with Commendation
  • Accredited by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures
  • Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care®, Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement®, Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery®, Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care, Blue Shield of California
  • Consumer Choice Award by National Research Corporation, 7 years running