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French Hospital Announces Temporary Closure of Meeting Spaces

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COVID 19 precautions at French include closure effective today
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – March 13, 2020 – French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) announced today that the many meeting spaces offered to nonprofit organizations and community members will be temporarily closing effective March 13, 2020. This closure is in response to the increased risk posed by the COVID 19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

This temporary closure affects use of the Copeland Health Education Pavilion, the French Hospital Auditorium and the hospital’s other meeting areas.

“French Hospital takes great pride in being a partner to our local nonprofit agencies, and we have enjoyed providing resources to support our community,” said FHMC CEO and President, Alan Iftiniuk. “But we have to put safety first -- the health and wellbeing of our employees, medical community, patients and partners is of utmost priority. We look forward to rescheduling any events that were planned as soon as we are able.”

Hospital leadership is continuing to monitor CDC and SLO County Public Health guidelines and will provide updates on an ongoing basis to employees, the medical community, patients, and the public.

For more information about FHMC’s response to the COVID 19 pandemic, please visit the website at and click on the Coronavirus link at the top of the page.


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: 

Friday, March 13, 2020