• Media Opportunity: French Hospital Medical Center Hosts Groundbreaking of Swanson Family Chapel

    Event will allow opportunity for photographs and interviews with hospital representatives for media
    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – April 6, 2021 – French Hospital Medical Center 
    (FHMC) welcomes members of the media to attend the Swanson Family Chapel groundbreaking ceremony. 
    WHO: Members of the media are invited to attend the groundbreaking of the Swanson Family Chapel, signifying the launch of the French Hospital Medical Center transformation project, Your New French Hospital.  
    WHAT: Groundbreaking ceremony program, including:  
    Tom Fenstermaker, FHMC Chaplain, Reflection
    Alan Iftiniuk, FHMC President/CEO, Welcome
    Bill and Cheryl Swanson, Remarks
    Dr. Ke-Ping Tsao, Campaign Cabinet Co-Chair, Remarks
    Bob Wacker, Campaign Cabinet Co-Chair, Remarks
    Ceremonial Groundbreaking 
    Flora Washburn, FHMC Manager of Spiritual Care, Dedication
    WHERE: French Hospital Medical Center near the main hospital entrance, 1911 Johnson Avenue, San Luis Obispo, 93401
    WHEN: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 11:00a.m. to noon.
    WHY: As longtime supporters of French Hospital, and to support the healing of a patient’s body, mind, and soul, Bill and Cheryl Swanson made a transformational gift of $2.75 million to the Beyond Health campaign. Thanks to their generosity, the hospital is building a serene interfaith chapel—Swanson Family Chapel. 
    The addition of this sacred space will create an inclusive and diverse sanctuary for patients and their families to seek solace. The chapel will accommodate up to 65 people, as well as patient gurneys, and will feature a majestic bell tower and customized stained glass. Construction is slated to begin in the coming weeks. 
    CONTACT: If any members of the media would like to attend, please contact Lori Parker at 805.739.3574 or lori.parker@dignityhealth.org.