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French Hospital Announces Opening of On-Campus Perinatal Center

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French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) and Dignity Health Central Coast's physician health center system, Pacific Central Coast Health Centers (PHC), proudly announce the opening of San Luis Obispo County's newest perinatal center, the San Luis Obispo Perinatal Center.

The San Luis Obispo Perinatal Center includes a team of experienced Central Coast Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians and team members that provide high quality care using state-of-the-art technology for women with regular and high-risk pregnancies throughout
San Luis Obispo County.

Located on the campus of French Hospital Medical Center, the San Luis Obispo Perinatal Center is part of its creation of new, comprehensive maternity services in order to meet growing health care needs within the Central Coast community. In addition to the hospital’s Stollmeyer Family Birthing Center, the San Luis Obispo Perinatal Center focuses on maternal-fetal medicine, which is the specialization in caring for women with high-risk pregnancies. Services involved in high-risk pregnancy care include, but are not limited to, a variety of routine and high risk maternal-fetal assessments, advanced invasive and non-invasive genetic testing, antepartum testing, diabetes or gestational diabetes program, and high blood pressure programs. 

Our team of Maternal–Fetal Medicine doctors includes Laurence Shields, M.D., Daniele Feldman, M.D., and Stephanie Lin, M.D. All three physicians have board certification and specialize in OB/GYN and Maternal–Fetal Medicine. Dr. Shields, with over 20 years of experience including 10 years practicing on the Central Coast, has been nationally recognized for his innovative research and work related to patient safety in obstetrics.

“The addition of our new perinatal center is part of our Family Birthing Center expansion,” states Alan Iftiniuk, President and CEO of FHMC. “Currently, our expansion scheduled for completion at the end of 2016 includes new private birthing rooms, a new family waiting area, an en-suite operating room, a level II nursery, and an upgraded maternity nursing station. Now, this additional service will provide specialty care for women with high-risk, un-routine pregnancies alongside our established maternity and OB/GYN services.” 

The new San Luis Obispo Perinatal Center is part of French Hospital and Dignity Health Central Coast’s continuous effort in providing our community with 21st Century health care. To learn more about the San Luis Obispo Perinatal Center, please call their office at (805) 786-6170. Learn more about French Hospital’s Stollmeyer Family Birthing Center

Pacific Central Coast Health Centers is Dignity Health Central Coast’s physician health center system which includes over 30 locations and over 80 physicians. For more information about Pacific Central Coast Health Centers, please visit:

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 the 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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Monday, August 29, 2016