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French Hospital Volunteer Guild Chooses Award Recipients


The French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) Volunteer Guild recently awarded seven nursing scholarships, totaling $5,250 to seven promising local students who are seeking careers in the medical professional.

The scholarship money, to be used for books and supplies, was funded by the Beth Peterson Memorial Scholarship program.

Many of the scholarship recipients either were, or currently are volunteers at FHMC.  Each of the students received $750.  The seven recipients are: Alison Scott, Haley Hudson, Casey Lary, Elissa Parrish, Adrielle Van Amsterdam, Maureen Bonin, and Colleen McCann. 

The FHMC Volunteer Guild is made up of more than 120 volunteers. They operate the French Hospital gift shop and raise money for the scholarships through bake, book, and jewelry sales. Recognizing worthy students and furthering their careers in the medical field are one of the highlights of their outreach. 

In order to qualify for the scholarships, selected nursing student scholars must be second semester, first year nursing students at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. A noteworthy academic standing and an essay detailing how the scholarship will help the students achieve their educational and nursing goals are considered by the Volunteer Guild when selecting recipients. 

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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