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New Board Officers Announced at French Hospital Medical Center

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Members of Community and Foundation Boards offer considerable experience and leadership.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – August 8, 2017 – French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC), a member of the Dignity Health system that locally includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and Marian Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce the election of new officers and the appointments of new and returning members to serve on two key boards for the 2017-2018 year. Nearly 50 community members bring a vast background to the table while guiding and supporting community health care on the Community Board and the Foundation Board.

FHMC Community Board
The role of the Community Board is to assure that health services provided at the hospital are medically necessary, of high quality, safe, effective, efficient, and consistent with community standards. The board oversees quality assessment, performance improvement, patient-safety, and management activities of the hospital, and confirms that these activities are consistent with established standards and policies and procedures.

Newly elected Community Board Officers include: 

Leopold Selker, PhD, is elected as the new Board Chair of the FHMC Community Board. Dr. Selker holds numerous degrees including an MBA in executive management from Northwestern University, a PhD in higher education administration from Texas A&M University, a Master's diploma in Public Administration/social policy from the University of Stockholm and a Bachelor's Degree from Canisius College. Dr. Selker also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Applied Silver, Inc. and is a Research Scholar in Residence for California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. 

Michael Clayton, MD, is elected as the new Vice-Chair of the FHMC Community Board. Dr. Clayton received his medical degree from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Faculty of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. 

Peter Oppenheimer
is elected as the new Secretary for the FHMC Community Board. Oppenheimer currently serves as vice chairman and chair of the development committee on the foundation board of directors for California Polytechnic State University Foundation. Previously, Oppenheimer served as the senior vice president and chief financial officer at Apple Inc. from 2004-2014, and has over 30 years of combined experience as a chief financial officer or controller for major public corporations. Oppenheimer also serves on the Board of Directors for Goldman Sachs as an independent director. 

New Community Board members include:

John Ronca, Attorney-At-Law
Aaron Steed, Co-Founder and CEO, Meathead Movers

FHMC Foundation Board

The French Hospital Medical Center Foundation is a non-profit, public benefit organization with the purpose to raise funds for FHMC through charitable contributions for the betterment of community health care. The FHMC Foundation relies on the generosity of the community to help support hospital efforts of providing quality health care for local programs and services. The Foundation Board is made up of unpaid volunteers who donate their time and effort to raise funds for San Luis Obispo’s only not-for-profit hospital. Since its inception in 2005, the FHMC Foundation has raised more than $35 million for patient care and services.   

Newly elected Foundation Board Officers include: 

Liz Summer is elected as the new Chair for the FHMC Foundation Board. She is currently a Vice President / Senior Relationship Manager with Pacific Premier Bank, formerly Heritage Oaks Bank. Previously, she was a founder and publisher of Central Coast Magazine and was a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch. Her involvement with the San Luis Obispo community has spanned more than 20 years. She is a past President of the San Luis Obispo Symphony board of directors, past President of San Luis Obispo Rotary Club Daybreak and current President of Hospice SLO board of directors. Summer was recently named 2016 Citizen of the Year by the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce.

Erik Justesen is elected as the new Vice Chair for the FHMC Foundation Board. He is a licensed landscape architect and urban planner with 32 years of practice experience. Justesen has held the position of President and CEO at RRM Design Group since 2006. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association, and is on the board of directors of the San Luis Obispo County YMCA. He has also been a member of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce board of directors and has been active on various Chamber committees. Justesen continues to be very involved in the San Luis Obispo community where he has lived for more than 30 years.

New board member includes:

Shelly Higginbotham, Former Mayor of Pismo Beach  

French Hospital Medical Center Community Board 

Leopold Selker, PhD, MBA
Chair of the Board 
Research Scholar in Residence, CPSU, SLO

Michael DeWitt Clayton, MD
Vice –Chair of the Board 
Retired Urologist

Peter Oppenheimer
Secretary of the Board
Retired CFO, Apple

Sister Susan Blomstad, OSF
Retired Retreat Presenter/Director

Father Russell Brown
Pastor, SLO Old Mission Church 

James Copeland
Co-Owner, Copeland Properties

Robert Doria, MD
Coastal Cardiology

John Dunn
Retired City Administrator

Kathleen Enz Finken, PhD
Provost & Executive VP for Academic Affairs

Patricia Gomez

Sister Linda Gonzales
Retired Teacher/Administrator

Alan Iftiniuk 
President, French Hospital Medical Center

Margaret Keeler, OSF
Retired LVN & Teacher

Kerry Morris
COO, Morris & Garritano Insurance 

Kevin Okimoto
Founder, Trellis Wealth Advisors

Kevin M. Rice, Colonel, USA (Ret.)
Retired Pismo Beach City Manager 

John Ronca

Mike Ryan, MD
Central Coast Chest Consultants

Wayne Simon

Aaron Steed
CEO, Meathead Movers & Mini Storage

Liz Summer
Foundation Board Chair
VP/Sr. Client  Relationship Manager, Banking

Antonia Torrey, RN, PhD
Nurse Educator, Cuesta College

Christian Voge, MD
Chief of Staff

Deborah Wulff, Ed.D
Asst Superintendent/VP Academic Affairs, Cuesta College

French Hospital Medical Center Foundation Board

Liz Summer
Pacific Premier Bank

Vice Chair 
Erik Justesen
President, RRM Designs

Secretary/ Treasurer 
Hillary Trout 
Glenn Burdette 

Hospital President and CEO
Alan Iftiniuk
President/CEO, French Hospital Medical Center

Vice President, Philanthropy
Debby Nicklas

Board Members
Sue Andersen, Chief Financial Officer, Dignity Health Central Coast Service Area
Casey Appell, Pacific Mortgage Trust
David Arrona, Arrona Financial 
Reese Davies, Retired Banker
Shelly Higginbotham, Former Mayor of Pismo Beach
Bob Kerwin, Retired Engineer
Tom Lebens, Attorney 
Michael Mariscal, President, French Hospital Volunteer Guild
Nipool Patel, Entrepreneur/Owner Lamplighter Inn & Suites/Co-Owner Nipa Cellars 
Leopold Selker, PhD, MBA, Community Board Chair
Jim Smith, Retired Attorney 
Jackie Starr, Interior Designer
Erin Steed, Meathead Movers 
Kris Vardas, Pacific Gas and Electric
Tom Vendegna, MD, Central Coast Chest Consultants 
Christian Voge, MD, Chief of Staff, French Hospital Medical Center
Linda Wilson, Wilson & Co Sotheby’s International Realty

Honorary Board Members 
 Louis Tedone, MD, Retired Physician
John French, Real Estate Consultant   


About French Hospital Medical Center

French Hospital Medical Center, located in San Luis Obispo, California, is rated one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation and one of the Top 50 Cardiac Hospitals in the nation by Thomson Reuters.  The Copeland, Forbes, and Rossi Cardiac Care Center provides the latest innovative cardiac and imaging technology on the Central Coast. The hospital’s current modernization and redesign project is an example of the commitment to meet the growing needs of the community with lifesaving advancements in medicine coupled with excellent, compassionate care.

The hospital is home to the unique Hearst Cancer Resource Center offering free education, resources and support to cancer patients and their families.  French is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, CA. 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: 

Tuesday, August 08, 2017