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New Community and Foundation Board Officers Announced at French Hospital Medical Center

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Members of each board offer extensive leadership and experience

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – July 26, 2018 – 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 2018-2019 year. In total, nearly 45 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.

New Community Board members include:

  • Ermina Karim, Past CEO, SLO Chamber of Commerce
  • Anita Robinson, Former CEO, Community Bank
  • Thomas L. Miller, MD, Radiologist, Radiology Associates of SLO

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. 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. Since its inception in 2005, the FHMC Foundation has raised more than $38 million for patient care and services.   

Newly elected Foundation Board Members include: 

  • Erika Bylund, Point Sur Wealth Management
  • Kristen Yetter, Promega Biosciences
  • Spencer Voorheis, Amazon

French Hospital Medical Center Community Board 

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

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

Peter Oppenheimer
Retired CFO, Apple

Alan Iftiniuk, French Hospital Medical Center

Board Members
Sister Susan Blomstad, OSF
Retired Retreat Presenter/Director

Father Russell Brown
Assistant Pastor, SLO Old Mission Church 

James Copeland
Co-Owner, Copeland Properties

Robert Doria, MD
Cardiologist, Coastal Cardiology

Patricia Gomez

Sister Linda Gonzales
Retired Teacher/Administrator

Ermina Karim
Past CEO, SLO Chamber of Commerce

Margaret Keeler, OSF
Retired LVN & Teacher

Thomas L. Miller, MD
Radiologist, Radiology Associates of SLO

Kerry Morris
COO, Morris & Garritano Insurance

Anita Robinson
Banking Executive, Retired

John Ronca

Mike Ryan, MD
Internist, Central Coast Chest Consultants

Joseph Schwartz, MD
Psychiatrist, Chief of Staff

Wayne Simon

Aaron Steed
CEO, Meathead Movers & Mini Storage

Liz Summer
Foundation Board Chair, 1st VP/ Sr. Client Relationship Manager, Pacific Premier Bank

Antonia Torrey, RN, PhD
Nurse Educator, Retired

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
RRM Design Group

Secretary/ Treasurer 

Hillary Trout 
Glenn Burdette 

Hospital President and CEO
Alan Iftiniuk

Vice President, Philanthropy
Debby Nicklas

Board Members

Casey Appell
Pacific Mortgage Trust

Erika Byland
Point Sur Wealth Management

Reese Davies
Retired Banker

Shelly Higginbotham
Former Mayor of Pismo Beach

Bob Kerwin
Retired Engineer

Tom Lebens

Joseph Schwartz, MD
Chief of Staff, French Hospital Medical Center

Leopold Selker, PhD, MBA
French Hospital Community Board Chair

Jackie Starr
Interior Designer

Erin Steed
Meathead Movers 

Kris Vardas
Pacific Gas and Electric

Spencer Voorheis

Kristen Yetter
Promega Biosciences

Donna Young
French Hospital Volunteer Guild President

Honorary Board Members 

Louis Tedone, MD
Retired Pediatrician

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: 

Thursday, July 26, 2018