SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – May 8, 2018 – French Hospital Medical Center’s Heart Cancer Resource Center (HCRC) invites community members to celebrate 10 years of providing education, free programs, support services, and a sense of extended family to cancer patients and their families.
The anniversary celebration will be held on Thursday, May 24 from 4:00 to 6:00p.m. in the Copeland Health Education Pavilion Auditorium, located on the French Hospital Medical Center campus at 1911 Johnson Avenue, San Luis Obispo. The event will include featured guest speakers, light complimentary hors d’oeuvres, champagne and refreshments, an interactive art installation, and commemorative t-shirts for guests.
The HCRC is dedicated to serving cancer patients and their families: ranging from those newly diagnosed with cancer, those in treatment, recovery, and beyond.
The center offers an array of free wellness and support services, creating a conduit between standard medical care and a full range of healing therapies. Since its inception in April of 2008, the HCRC has served more than 81,500 cancer patients and/or family members. The integrative approach of the HCRC offers a foundation for care that includes programs designed to strengthen the body, educate the mind, and alleviate the stress often accompanied with a cancer diagnosis.
“Over the last decade, we have witnessed the evolution of the Hearst Cancer Resource Center, and we are couldn’t be more proud to be celebrating the many milestones of this incredible community asset,” says French Hospital Medical Center President & CEO Alan Iftiniuk. “Our unique center has touched so many affected by cancer, and we are excited to celebrate with the many individuals that have supported, utilized, and managed the center.”
In addition to the support services offered by the HCRC at no charge, the unique nurse navigator program provides a highly skilled, specially trained nurse to assist each patient with determining the most appropriate screenings and treatment options. Both the Oncology Nurse Navigator and Bilingual Lay Patient Navigator provide education about each diagnosis and can connect patients with valuable resources in the community, coordinate between patients and their health care team, and inform patients of financial counseling, clinical trials, and genetic counseling.
The HCRC was made possible by generous gifts from members of the Hearst Family, Hearst Foundation, and other donors. These donations allow all cancer patients and families use of this unique center and its resources free of charge. The HCRC integrates many community cancer organizations under one roof with the expertise of oncology professionals on staff.
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.