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

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Board members offer extensive leadership and experience in various fields

CENTRAL COAST, CA – October 15, 2019 –  French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) 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 2019-2020 year. In total, 42 members bring a vast background to the table while guiding and supporting local health care on the Community and Foundation Boards.

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:

  • Terrance Harris, Assistant Vice Provost for Admissions and Enrollment Development, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Bianca Lin, Past FHMC Intensive Care Unit Director
  • Ahmad Nooristani, M.D., San Luis Hospitalists, Founder/President, SLO Noor Foundation
  • Jeanne Rollins, OSF, Educator
  • Ke Ping Tsao, M.D., Retired Plastic Surgeon, Past FHMC Chief of Staff, previous FHMC Board Member, Co-Chair of Beyond Health Capital Campaign

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 $45 million for patient care and services.   

The newly elected Foundation Board Member is: 

  • Christine Williams, Retired Health Care Sales & Marketing Vice President

French Hospital Medical Center Community Board 

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

Vice –Chair of the Board 
Peter Oppenheimer
Retired CFO, Apple

Anita Robinson
Banking Executive, 1st Capital Bank

Hospital President & CEO
Alan Iftiniuk 
French Hospital Medical Center

Board Members

James Copeland
Co-Owner, Copeland Properties

Robert Doria, MD
Cardiologist, Coastal Cardiology

Maria Escobedo, EdD
Dean, No. County Campus & So. County Center Cuesta College

Terrance L Harris
Assistant Vice Provost for Admissions & Student Enrollment Development, CPSU, SLO

Erik Justesen
Foundation Board Chair
President & CEO, RRM Design Group

Ermina Karim
Past CEO, SLO Chamber of Commerce

Margaret Keeler, OSF
LVN & Teacher, Retired

Bianca Lin, MSN, RN
Retired Nursing Director

Thomas L Miller, MD
Radiologist, Radiology Associates of SLO

Kerry Morris
COO, Morris & Garritano Insurance 

Ahmad Nooristani, MD
Hospitalist, SL Hospitalists

Sister Jeanne Rollins, OSF

John Ronca

Mike Ryan, MD
Internist, Central Coast Chest Consultants

Joseph Schwartz, MD
Psychiatrist, Chief of Staff

Leopold Selker, PhD, MBA
Research Scholar in Residence, CPSU, SLO 

Wayne Simon

Antonia Torrey, PhD, RN
Nurse Educator, Retired

Ke-Ping Tsao, MD
Retired physician

French Hospital Medical Center Foundation Board 

Erik Justesen
RRM Design Group

Vice Chair 
Hillary Trout 

Erika Byland
Point Sur Wealth Management

Hospital President and CEO
Alan Iftiniuk

Vice President, Philanthropy
Debby Nicklas

Board Members

Casey Appell
Community West Bank

Michael DeWitt Clayton, MD
Community Board Chair

Reese Davies
Retired Banker

Michael Gunther
Collaboration Business Consulting

Shelly Higginbotham
Former Mayor of Pismo Beach

Tom Lebens 

Matt Richardson
Chief Financial Officer, Dignity Health Central Coast

Jackie Starr
Interior Designer

Erin Steed
Meathead Movers

Liz Summer
SESLOC Federal Credit Union

Tom Vendegna, M.D.

Spencer Voorheis

Christine Williams
Retired Health Care Sales & Marketing Vice President

Kristen Yetter
Promega Biosciences

Donna Young
French Hospital Volunteer Guild President


About French Hospital Medical Center
French Hospital Medical Center, located in San Luis Obispo, California, is rated among the top hospitals in the nation.  The Copeland, Forbes, and Rossi Cardiac Care Center provides the latest innovative cardiac and imaging technology, and is home to the Hearst Cancer Resource Center offering free education, resources and support to cancer patients and their families. French is a Dignity Health Central Coast hospital which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA, Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, CA, St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA and St. John’s Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, CA. 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 surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories, imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service.  



Publish date: 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019