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French Hospital Foundation Earns Top Honors


The French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) Foundation was recently named “Foundation of the Year” at the third annual Dignity Health Philanthropy ‘Phillies’ Awards held on February 4, 2016 in Anaheim, California.

The Foundation attained this honor by exceeding numerous strict measures for its performance in fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015)

The “Foundation of the Year” Award is based on results in five categories which include lower cost per dollar raised, transfers to hospital of approximately two times operating expenses, well-balanced fundraising programs, innovation in fundraising practices and a significant increase in fundraising revenue over the previous year. 

The FHMC Foundation raised close to $6 million in FY 2015 with a cost per dollar raised of $0.15.

“I am extremely proud of the Foundation board members, volunteers and staff who work tirelessly to support French Hospital Medical Center. Their efforts to connect with our donors are making a huge difference in caring for our patients every day,” said Alan Iftiniuk, FHMC President and CEO. 

The Dignity Health Central Coast Service Area Foundations also received the “Top Performing Philanthropic Service Area of the Year” Award which includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Foundation, FHMC Foundation, Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation and St. John’s Healthcare Foundation. 

These annual awards were established to showcase philanthropic management excellence within the 31 Dignity Health hospital foundations.

Read more about the FHMC Foundation, or call 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 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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