Your New French Hospital

French Hospital Medical Center will redefine health care in San Luis Obispo County with an incredible transformation of our hospital campus.

French Hospital Medical Center has announced that after years of strategy and planning, health care in San Luis Obispo County will be redefined with a momentous transformation of our hospital campus. This incredible undertaking will transcend our facility into the hospital of the future, far exceeding the needs of our growing community through advanced technologies, highly skilled personnel, and a new state-of-the art hospital. 


This elaborate $100 million-plus project is slated to begin in November of 2019, and will include:

  • A new four-story 85,000 square-foot hospital addition
  • 20,000 square-feet of renovated space within the existing facility
  • 95 new private patient rooms, for a total of 115 private rooms, bringing the licensed bed count to 195
  • An eight-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, delivering critical care to the tiniest of patients
  • Five (5) Intensive Care Unit patient suites will be added to our present 11, bringing the total to 16
  • A new front entrance and lobby area to fit the growing space
  • A helipad to ensure we can get patients requiring emergency care faster, when needed
  • Expanded space for imaging, labs, materials management, food preparation, and more
  • 90 additional parking spaces for the ease and convenience of our patients and their families
  • Enhanced and advanced technology

The impressive expansion will ultimately establish French Hospital as the largest hospital in the county and the only with private patient rooms, allowing us to further advance our programs and services. The project will transform not only the physical structure, but the way our hospital delivers health care to our community.

Our new facility is intended to implement a vision to deliver on a commitment to excellence, offering our patients a transformational care experience and fulfilling promises made to our staff, physicians, volunteers, and the many donors and supporters who have invested their trust and belief in the direction of the French Hospital. 

The majority of the funding for this incredible project will come from hospital operations, in addition to seeking community donations, a campaign which the French Hospital Medical Center Foundation will initiate in the near future.

Along with this considerable effort, expansion is already underway for a new Emergency Department, to be named the Oppenheimer Family Center for Emergency Medicine. As the premier cardiac center in San Luis Obispo, and as a designated stroke center, French Hospital is experiencing a significant increase in emergency room visits. This essential expansion project will will house the most advanced emergency services center in the county.

French Hospital has seen an influx of growth and expansion as the facility continues to develop to remain the leaders in local health care. After completion of the cardiac facility, the now renowned Copeland, Forbes & Rossi Cardiac Care Center, the innovative George Hoag Family Hybrid Surgical Suite was introduced, followed by the technologically advanced Copeland Health Education Pavilion. The expansion and renovation of the impressive Stollmeyer Family Birthing Center and Acute Care Nursery were recently completed, along with the renovation of the highly acclaimed Hearst Cancer Resource Center. Since 2004, more than $45 million has been invested in the hospital to transform and modernize the facility.

Stay tuned for exciting construction updates!