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  • French Hospital Medical Center Celebrates 75 Years of Serving the Community at Cal Poly Baseball Game

    Cal Poly and Dignity Health recognize longstanding relationship and local impacts on health and education 

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – May 17, 2021 – This year, French Hospital Medical Center celebrates 75 years of serving the community of San Luis Obispo, and the significant milestone was celebrated with dignitaries at the Dignity Health Baseball Clubhouse at Baggett Stadium.

    To celebrate the event, Cal Poly President Jeff Armstrong and Cal Poly Athletic Director Don Oberhelman welcomed Dignity Health representatives, including: Lloyd Dean, Chief Executive Officer, CommonSpirit Health, Julie Sprengel, President, Dignity Health Southern California Division, French Hospital Medical Center President and CEO, Alan Iftiniuk, Dr. Michael Clayton, Chair of the French Hospital Community Board, and Erik Justesen, Chair of the French Hospital Foundation Board.

    Prior to the Cal Poly versus Cal State Fullerton baseball game, the crowd enjoyed introductions to Dignity Health representatives, a video overview of French Hospital’s 75 years, and Justesen threw out the first pitch.

    “We are especially proud and excited to be celebrating this milestone for French Hospital, after having come out of one of the most difficult years for health care,” says French Hospital Medical Center President and CEO, Alan Iftiniuk. “What better way to celebrate than with our local partner Cal Poly, as we both have a rich history of serving our local communities.”

    Dignity Health, who has the naming rights to the baseball clubhouse, is a major sponsor of Cal Poly – from athletics to research projects – and the hospital and college share a longstanding partnership.

    The $9.4 million clubhouse project covering 10,679 square feet over two floors includes the Jim Newkirk Pavilion (a multi-purpose room for players and donors which includes a kitchen, meeting and study space and a balcony for outdoor viewing of games), Maas Family Locker Room, Krukow Athletes Lounge and Kitchen, Burns Family Foundation Sports Medicine Room, Rumsey Athletes Lobby and Mudroom, showers, and an academic center.