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French Hospital Announces Opening of New 14-Bed Patient Care Wing


French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC), which along with Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH), and Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), are Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals, is pleased to announce the opening of a new 14-bed patient care wing.

The new unit was designed to focus on the unique needs of orthopedic patients as well as other medical/surgical patients. The calm and subdued earth tones provide a serene environment conducive to healing and recovery.  The new nurses’ station allows for quick and convenient access to patients, and each of the patient rooms is appointed with specialized equipment to aid in the recovery process. The updated area also includes an indoor/outdoor physical therapy gym that takes advantage of our moderate climate and provides elevated surface to assist in the post-operative regimen of knee and hip patients.    

FHMC has long been ranked as a top provider of orthopedic care, and has created this modernized unit in order to further their ongoing commitment to the specialized care of orthopedic patients. This new addition to FHMC is the first patient wing to be added since 1972 and brings the total licensed bed count to 117. 

“As an award-winning orthopedic hospital, it is essential that we have the latest modernized equipment to care for the very specific needs of our orthopedic patients,” says Alan Iftiniuk, FHMC President and CEO.  “This unit fulfills those needs for those who have undergone an orthopedic procedure as well as our medical/surgical patient population, as the increase in bed count allows us to care for a greater number of individuals.”

FHMC continues to propel itself into a new era of health care capabilities with a multi-year ‘French - Well Into the Future’ modernization plan.  Most recently, the completion of the highly anticipated Copeland Health Education Pavilion increased our collaborative educational efforts.  Future projects are also currently under construction, such as a C-section suite, additional OB patient rooms, and a new nurses station in the Stollmeyer Family Birthing Center. FHMC continues to enhance our commitment to the advancement of health care for our community. 

The George Hoag Family Foundation made a significant donation to support the new 14-bed patient care wing.  To learn more about donating, please contact the FHMC Foundation at 805.542.6496.

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 construction of the Copeland Health Education Pavilion, which will provide 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; 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.

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