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Jan 22, 2013 11:39 AM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News

Copeland family donates $1 million to help French Hospital

The Copeland family has donated $1 million to French Hospital Medical Center to help support expansion plans for the hospital.

Longtime San Luis Obispo residents James and Sandra Copeland and Thomas and Pamela Copeland announced the donation Tuesday morning.

The family says supporting not-for-profit community health care is important to assuring access to quality health care for future generations.

According to the hospital, the donation will be used to support a multimillion- dollar expansion project. Significant changes will offer a much needed upgrade to the now 40-year-old facility. Some projects expansion includes: an advanced cardiac hybrid surgical suite, ICU expansion and remodel, new outpatient surgical suite, new specialty patient care wing with oncology beds and a remodel and expansion of the family birthing center.

"This modernization and expansion project will literally transform most every area of the hospital and guarantee that the most advanced technology and superior facilities are available to the community," Alan Iftiniuk, FHMC president and CEO, said in a news release.

Back in 2007, the Copeland family joined the Forbes and Rossi families to help fund and create the Copeland, Forbes and Rossi Cardiac Care Center. Since then the cardiac program has been named a Top 50 Cardiac Hospital in the nation.

"Community support was necessary as an investment to help turn around this true community asset and to create an environment where our outstanding physicians and surgeons can practice medicine at the highest level with the best equipment available." said Jim Copeland, chairman of FHMC Community Board.

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