French 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 exciting developments in its campus-wide modernization and expansion project.

Construction is progressing on the project that will result in increased patient capacity, needed upgrades, and leading-edge technology to the now 42-year-old facility. FHMC is investing millions of dollars to improve and enhance the patient and visitor experience. These advancements at FHMC arise from our continuing commitment to the community to provide the latest and best in medical technology, while also ensuring our patients and visitors have the best possible experience at French Hospital.

Among the more immediately noticeable changes, FHMC will be remodeling and landscaping its main hospital entryway and surrounding gardens to make them even more accessible and attractive for our patients, visitors, and employees. As a result of this construction to the main entrance, the entrance has been temporarily closed. The main entrance closure is expected to be in effect for approximately five months. Signs will direct patients and visitors to the emergency room entrance just steps from the main entrance, where security will be stationed seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. to help direct traffic.

Patient care will not be affected by the construction taking place at FHMC, and patients will be provided the same high-quality care French Hospital has always offered. We are taking every measure to ensure the continued comfort of French Hospital patients and visitors, including passing out “Quiet Kits” to our patients, which feature ear plugs to block out any construction noise. We appreciate the community’s patience during this improvement process.

A number of projects have already been completed as part of French Hospital’s modernization and expansion, including an intensive care unit remodel and expansion, and the construction of an advanced cardiac hybrid surgical suite, as well as a pre- and post surgical outpatient suite.

Forthcoming projects include a specialty patient care wing to serve orthopedic and oncology patients, and a family birthing center remodel and expansion, including a new c-section suite.

In addition, ground was recently broken on the Copeland Health Education Pavilion on the FHMC campus, which will provide community access to the most advanced health care education resources free of charge. These projects are expected to be complete by the end of 2015.

Any questions or concerns about the ongoing expansion and modernization project at FHMC may be directed to Dignity Health Central Coast Public Relations at: 805.739.3580.

About French Hospital Medical Center

French Hospital Medical Center, located in San Luis Obispo, California, is rated one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation and one of the Top 50 Cardiac Hospitals in the nation by Thomson Reuters.  The Copeland, Forbes, and Rossi Cardiac Care Center provide the latest innovative cardiac and imaging technology on the Central Coast. The hospital’s current modernization and redesign project is an example of the commitment to meet the growing needs of the community with lifesaving advancements in medicine coupled with excellent, compassionate care. The hospital is home to the unique Hearst Cancer Resource Center offering free education, resources and support to cancer patients and their families.  French is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, CA. Dignity Health of the 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.