French 300French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC), which along with Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH) and Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC) are Dignity Health’s Central Coast hospitals, is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to the hospital’s Community Board. In total, some 48 community members bring a vast background to the table while guiding and supporting community health care on the French Hospital Community Board.

Newly elected Community Board Officers include:

Sister Susan Blomstad – Sister Susan, a member of the Sisters of Saint Francis, has accomplished many things in her career. She taught at a variety of Catholic schools for 12 years. She was also the Associate Director of an Emergency Aid Center for the Poor for three years in Portland, Oregon. Most recently, Sister Susan has been the Director of the Mission Renewal Center behind Old Mission Santa Barbara for the past six years.

Brad Parkinson – Dr. Parkinson has had many accomplishments throughout his lifetime, he has served as co-principal investigator and program manager of the NASA/Stanford Relativity Gyroscope Experiment Gravity Probe B program. In 1973, Dr. Parkinson was a chief architect for the design and implementation of the GPS (Global Positioning System), under his leadership the GPS satellites were produced and launched. Also, he served as a vice president and general manager of Intermetrics Incorporated in Cambridge, MA from 1980-1984.  Dr. Parkinson is a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, and the U.S. Naval War College. He earned his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics-guidance and control from Stanford University.

Michael J. Ryan – Michael Ryan is currently an M.D. in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Ryan had shared his knowledge with many students around the nation.

Dr. Ryan has taught at schools such as UCLA, Brown University as well as at Eastern Virginia School of Medicine.  He attended medical school and completed his residency at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Ryan did his critical care fellowship at Brown University in Rhode Island. In his free time, Dr. Ryan enjoys swimming, mountain biking and spending time with family.

Additionally, we say thank you and farewell to five members of the FHMC Community Board who have completed their term limits and served for 10 consecutive years:  Dr. Ke-Ping Tsao, Past Chair of the Board and a Lou Tedone Humanitarian of the Year Award Winner; John Ronca Jr., Past Chair of the Board; Jim Copeland, Immediate Past Chair of the Board and 2014 recipient of the Lou Tedone Humanitarian of the Year Award; Sr. Pius Fahlstrom; and Dr. Mark Soll.

Ke-Ping Tsao, M.D. – Dr. Tsao, a Plastic Surgeon, was the first Chairperson of the Board after FHMC became a part of Catholic Healthcare West, now Dignity Health.  Dr. Tsao was also the first Chair of the Quality Sub-Committee (QSC) after it was formed. In addition, Dr. Tsao was one of the first members of the Board Development Committee (BDC).

Mark Soll, M.D. – Dr. Soll of Central Coast Chest Consultants has served as a member of the Quality Sub-Committee (QSC) since its inception.

Sister Pius Fahlstrom – Sr. Pius, Finance/Budget Analyst and Former CFO, has served on the Community Benefits Committee since its inception.

John Ronca Jr. – John Ronca, Attorney-at-law, has served as the Community Board’s Secretary from July 2004-January 2006, Vice-Chair from January 2006-June 2007 and Chair of the Board from July 2007-June 2009, as well as serving on the Board Development Committee (BDC) from February 2006-June 2013.

Jim Copeland – Jim Copeland is a longtime business leader, the founder of Copeland Sports and a founding sponsor of the Copeland, Forbes & Rossi Cardiac Care Center, the Christopher Cohen Performing Arts Center, and the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum and has supported many community causes. Jim served as the Community Board’s Secretary from July 2007-June 2009, Vice-Chair from July 2009-June 2011 and was Chairman of the Community Board from 2011-2013.

French Hospital Medical Center would like to thank all who have served on the Community Board and for all that they have accomplished in furthering the cause of not-for-profit community healthcare. Also, we would like to welcome the new members and look forward to their impact and input on various health services the hospital provides.