Bill and Cheryl Swanson

Bill and Cheryl Swanson transform health care and spirituality for our community

Bill and Cheryl Swanson have a long history of philanthropy in the San Luis Obispo community, which is a special place to them both. Bill and Cheryl both grew up in Los Osos, and Bill earned his industrial engineering degree from Cal Poly. Now retired as the Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company, he and Cheryl have returned to San Luis Obispo and wish to see it continue to thrive. With this in mind, the Swansons made a transformational gift of $2.75 million to the Beyond Health campaign.

“We are pleased to be able to help support French Hospital in their mission of advancing medical care and holistic services. Our gift touches both of these important goals for our community,” says Bill.

One of the core campaign initiatives in the Beyond Health movement is to expand our holistic practices, healing the mind, body and soul. As part of this, French Hospital wants to create an inclusive and diverse sanctuary for patients and their families to find solace during what can be the most pressing moments in their lives. Thanks to the generosity of the Swanson family, the hospital is building on its campus a serene interfaith chapel—Swanson Family Chapel. The chapel will accommodate up to 65 people, as well as patient gurneys, and will feature a majestic bell tower and custom stained glass. Construction is slated to begin in early 2021.

Another key campaign initiative in the Beyond Health movement is to enhance services and improve technologies. This is something that Bill and Cheryl both find essential to elevate the quality of health care for the SLO County community. Thanks to their support, the Swanson Robotic Surgery Program offers surgeons superior visualization, enhanced dexterity and unmatchable precision compared to most traditional approaches.

We thank the Swansons for their generous support and dedication to providing world-class health care in a holistic setting for our community.

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