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French Hospital announces expansion, $4.2M donation

Posted at 12:30 PM, Jun 27, 2019

French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo received its second-largest donation in the hospital’s history of $4.2 million on Thursday, which will go toward the hospital’s expansion fundraising campaign.

The hospital launched its $125 million capital campaign “Beyond Health” Thursday, which will focus on expanding the hospital.

So far, French Hospital officials said they have more than $100 million committed to the campaign, with $95 million coming from Dignity Health.

At Thursday’s press conference, they announced the $4.2 million donation from North County residents Stan and Barbara Clark. In recognition of their gift, the hospital’s new neonatal intensive care unit will be named the Stan and Barbara Clark Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust donated $350,000 and a rooftop garden terrace atop the new Patient Care Tower will be named the Harold Miossi Garden Terrace.

French Hospital medical staff also made a donation of $125,000, and an anonymous donor added another $100,000.

The CEO of Fench Hospital Medical Center Alan Ifriniuk said the goal of the new hospital is to go beyond the expectations people have of hospitals.

“From the moment a patient or a visitor comes onto the campus, they’ll experience an entire different kind of healing environment,” Ifriniuk said. “Every aspect of this medical campus is being rethought and incorporated into a healing environment. We are re-thinking the kind of care that can be provided locally to our patients.”

In addition to the new NICU and Patient Care Tower, the hospital’s expansion will include an additional 10 intensive care unit beds, a new front entrance, expanded imaging and laboratory space, enhanced technology, a helicopter landing pad, a non-denominational chapel, and a new parking structure.

Work is expected to be complete by 2022.