Trauma Room in the Oppenheimer Family Center for Emergency Medicine

Final Phase of French Hospital Medical Center’s Oppenheimer Family Center for Emergency Medicine Complete

Expansion project houses the most advanced emergency services center in San Luis Obispo County

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – December 28, 2020 – As part of French Hospital Medical Center’s (FHMC) Beyond Health movement to redefine health care on the Central Coast, we are proud to announce the completion of the second phase of the new Oppenheimer Family Center for Emergency Medicine.

This major expansion project was completed in two phases - the first of which was completed in January of 2020 - adding 8,600 square feet to the hospital and more than doubling the space of the existing emergency department. With both phases complete, the new emergency services center houses approximately 12,600 square feet of new and/or fully renovated space.

The second phase of this incredible project, which offers the most advanced emergency services facility in San Luis Obispo County, boasts state-of-the-art imaging equipment specifically dedicated to emergency services, including: X-ray and CT trauma imaging suites producing high quality, rapid, emergency imaging with very low radiation dose and an advanced ultrasound system providing fast, high-quality imaging.

“After extensive planning and anticipation, we are elated to see our vision come to fruition,” says Alan Iftiniuk, President & CEO, French Hospital Medical Center. “We are providing our community with the most advanced emergency services department in San Luis Obispo County, an expectation our community deserves, and we look forward to additional upcoming expansion and modernization projects on our campus.”

In March of 2017, FHMC received an extraordinary donation of $5.5 million from Peter and Mary Beth Oppenheimer. This transformational gift, the largest gift in the history of the hospital, supported the much needed expansion and modernization of emergency services for San Luis Obispo County.

The new Emergency Department will deliver personalized care for the unique Central Coast lifestyle with the compassionate and tender care that FHMC has provided all along. As the sole public benefactors, and in recognition of their incredible generosity, the new emergency department is named the Oppenheimer Family Center for Emergency Medicine at French Hospital Medical Center.

Emergency services are the cornerstone and often the front door to a vibrant and accessible health care system, and an essential part of the Beyond Health movement. As the premier cardiac center in San Luis Obispo County and a designated stroke center, FHMC experienced a significant increase in emergency room visits in an outdated and undersized facility built 45 years ago. To continue providing the care the community deserves from French Hospital, an expansion was inevitable.

The new facility was designed for a high volume of emergency patients with a very strong commitment to comfort, efficiency, holistic healing, and privacy. It was carefully designed with patient comfort and safety in mind utilizing best-in-class modalities and technologies. At the forefront of cutting-edge emergency medicine, the new building features 18 private treatment rooms compared to the five bed ward and semi-private rooms that previously existed. Specialized rooms are designated for critical care, geriatric patients, trauma, infectious disease isolation, pediatrics, and orthopedic emergencies, as well as fast-track beds for patients with less urgent conditions. It also features specialized exam accommodations for patients experiencing behavioral health related issues. It also provides a sizable lobby area for families, essential triage rooms, and a centralized nurse’s station with sophisticated monitoring capabilities.

In addition to the much needed emergency expansion, French Hospital is going beyond with a momentous transformation of its hospital campus. To celebrate this significant milestone for the hospital and community, FHMC hosted an open house celebratory event in January with informational booths, tours of the new facility, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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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 member of Dignity Health Central Coast, 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.