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Preview Event for French Hospital’s Oppenheimer Family Center for Emergency Medicine a Success

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Dignitaries, city and county officials, and hospital supporters got a preview of the impressive new facility

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – January 24, 2020 – French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) today welcomed local city and county officials, dignitaries, and VIP’s for an exclusive preview of the new Oppenheimer Family Center for Emergency Medicine.  The event included a blessing of the impressive new building, a noontime ribbon-cutting ceremony by the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, self-guided tours of the facility, and a light lunch. 

The preview event was held this afternoon from 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. at the Oppenheimer Family Center for Emergency Medicine at French Hospital Medical Center, 1911 Johnson Avenue, San Luis Obispo. 

Attendees were invited to learn more about the impressive facility, and to tour the building prior to the community-wide grand opening celebration, which is scheduled for the tomorrow, Saturday, January 25 from 11 am to 2:00 pm.

In March of 2017, FHMC received an extraordinary donation of $5.5 million from Peter and Mary Beth Oppenheimer. This transformational gift, the largest gift in the history of the hospital, supported the much needed expansion and modernization of emergency services for San Luis Obispo County. The new Emergency Department will deliver personalized care for the unique Central Coast lifestyle with the compassionate and tender care that FHMC has provided all along. As the sole public benefactors, and in recognition of their incredible generosity, the new emergency department is named the Oppenheimer Family Center for Emergency Medicine at French Hospital Medical Center.

Emergency services are the cornerstone and often the front door to a vibrant and accessible health care system, and an essential part of the Beyond Health movement. As the premier cardiac center in San Luis Obispo County and a designated stroke center, FHMC experienced a significant increase in emergency room visits in an outdated and undersized facility built 45 years ago. To continue providing the care the community deserves from French Hospital, an expansion was inevitable. 

[Photo Above: Blessing of the Building – Manager of Spiritual Services Flora Washburn performed a blessing over the new Oppenheimer Family Center for Emergency Medicine at French Hospital Medical Center]

[Photo Above: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – French Hospital Medical Center President and CEO Alan Iftiniuk, Community and Foundation Board Chairs, physicians and hospital representatives celebrate with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce]


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.  



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Friday, January 24, 2020