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Fred Vernacchia MD Honored as Physician of the Year


French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) which along with Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH) and Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC) are Dignity Health’s Central Coast hospitals, is pleased to congratulate its San Luis Diagnostic Center Medical Director Dr. Fred. S. Vernacchia, for being honored as the 2016 Physician of the Year by the Central Coast Medical Association on Friday, January 29th at their First Annual Banquet of the Year.

Dr. Vernacchia was chosen from a select group of local health care professional nominees that have provided an ongoing commitment to the Central Coast community.  

Dr. Vernacchia and the San Luis Diagnostic Center joined FHMC on May 1st, 2015, becoming one of the hospital’s convenient outpatient imaging centers. With the San Luis Diagnostic addition, FHMC continues to bring together the latest in diagnostic imaging technology and additional high-end diagnostic services not currently available at any other San Luis Obispo County hospital. San Luis Diagnostic joined Dignity Health Central Coast’s three on-campus imaging centers and eight outpatient imaging service centers.      

Dr. Vernacchia attended medical school and completed his residency at University of California, San Francisco. He began practicing radiology in San Luis Obispo in 1986. Dr. Vernacchia founded San Luis Diagnostic Center in 1994 because he was committed to providing state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and techniques. In fact, San Luis Diagnostic Center was the first facility in the county to offer Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, Digital Mammography, 3D Bone Mineral Analysis, MR Angiography, CT Angiography, Multi-detector CT, 3T MRI, 4D-ultrasound for prenatal diagnosis, Virtual colonoscopy, and to have a permanent PET/CT scanner for cancer detection.

Dr. Vernacchia has authored numerous medical articles, lectured to other radiologists internationally and has served as a director on many nonprofit boards. 

“We would like to congratulate Dr. Vernacchia for his honor and his achievements within the Central Coast community,” says FHMC President/CEO Alan Iftiniuk. “The Central Coast Medical Association is an established non-profit organization that focuses on improving the quality of health care, service, and safety within the Central Coast community. That is exactly what Dr. Vernacchia continues to provide with French Hospital Medical Center and Dignity Health Central Coast.”    

The Central Coast Medical Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1892 that focuses on protecting public health and preserving community and physician wellness. For more information on French Hospital Medical Center or San Luis Diagnostic Center, please call French Hospital at 805.543.5353 or San Luis Diagnostic Center at 805.542.9700.

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 the new Copeland Health Education Pavilion, which provides community access to comprehensive health care education resources free of charge.  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 ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency.  Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities.

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