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French Hospital Medical Center Again Recognized as a Top 100 Hospital in the Nation by Becker’s Hospital Review

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French is among only six hospitals in the California to make the 2019 list

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – October 7, 2019 –  French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) is pleased to announce that it has been included in the 2019 edition of the Becker's Hospital Review list, and again named one of the "100 Great Community Hospitals" in the United States. This is the third time French Hospital has received this prestigious award and the hospital is one of only six recipients in California honored. FHMC also received this award in 2015 and 2017. 

Becker's Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on various rankings and awards. Becker’s is an independent reviewer of data, and a hospital cannot pay for inclusion on the Top 100 list.  

“French Hospital Medical Center continues its pledge to remain at the forefront of health care, and this includes not only our advanced technologies and top physicians, but patient safety and quality,” says Alan Iftiniuk, President and CEO, French Hospital Medical Center. “This significant recognition is yet another validation of the unwavering commitment we have made to our community to provide the highest levels of care.” 

French Hospital continues to redefine its campus, and is preparing to transform the facility into the hospital of the future, far exceeding the needs of the growing community through advanced technologies, highly skilled personnel, and a new state-of-the art facility.  

Along with this substantial undertaking, expansion is nearly complete on the new Emergency Department, to be named the Oppenheimer Family Center for Emergency Medicine. This essential project will house the most advanced emergency services center in the San Luis Obispo County and is slated to open later this year.

The hospitals featured on the 100 Top Community Hospitals list includes independent community hospitals as well as facilities affiliated with large health systems. Some hospitals serve expansive rural geographies, while others care for small communities outside of large cities. Many of the hospitals have been recognized for their clinical quality, operational excellence, and economic influence on the surrounding areas. For the purposes of this list, Becker's defines a community hospital as a facility with no more than 550 beds. Becker's Hospital Review has published a version of this every year since 2011.


About French Hospital Medical Center
French Hospital Medical Center, located in San Luis Obispo, California, has been named one of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, and is rated among the top hospitals in the nation for cardiac, orthopedic and GI services. French Hospital has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. The Copeland, Forbes, and Rossi Cardiac Care Center provides the latest innovative cardiac and imaging technology. The hospital is home to the unique Hearst Cancer Resource Center offering free education, resources and support to cancer patients and their families. In addition, an expansion and modernization project is underway at French Hospital, including construction of the Copeland Health Education Pavilion, which will provide community access to comprehensive health care education resources free of charge. Dignity Health 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. 


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Monday, October 07, 2019