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SAN LUIS OBISPO – April 26, 2020 – French Hospital Medical Center’s Hearst Cancer Resource Center Director, Bev Kirkhart and her staff have taken extra measures to ensure local cancer patients feel supported and confident during the COVID-19 pandemic. When chemotherapy results in hair loss for local patients, Kirkhart delivers wigs from the resource center’s “Appearance Center” to help with confidence as patients move through treatment. This also eliminates any additional exposure for these at-risk patients traveling outside of the home.
“Cancer doesn’t stop because there is a pandemic,” says Kirkhart. “Our mission at the Hearst Cancer Resource Center is to care for our patients, and when we hear there is a need, we do what we can to fill it. If I can help someone feel better about themselves, especially now when they are not only dealing with a cancer diagnosis, but the fear of COVID-19, I am happy to do so.”
The Hearst Cancer Resource Center is a one-of-a-kind resource in San Luis Obispo County for those living with cancer and their families. The goal of the center is to help persons with cancer learn about the disease, recognize opportunity for improved health, build a personal support system, and gain a sense of extended family. We are dedicated to serving cancer patients and their families: ranging from those newly diagnosed with cancer, in treatment, in recovery, and beyond.
The “Appearance Center” within the Hearst Cancer Resource Center offers products and accessories to cancer patients undergoing treatment to build confidence and support their journey, including wigs, head coverings, and skin products.
If you would like to interview Bev Kirkhart at the Hearst Cancer Resource Center, please contact [email protected] or call (805) 739-3574.
[Photo Above: Beverly Kirkhart]
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 provide 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.
Sara San Juan