French Hospital Medical Center has bought the majority ownership of Templeton Surgery Center at 1310 Las Tablas Road.
Partnering with the 13 physician owners of the surgery center enables the San Luis Obispo hospital to expand its access to North County residents as well as use the center for outreach, including free health screenings and classes for the uninsured and other underserved groups, hospital spokeswoman Megan Maloney said.
There will be no staffing or service changes at the 8,200-square-foot Templeton Surgery Center, which has 24 employees and specializes in general surgery; dental and oral surgery; gynecology; ophthalmology; orthopedics; plastic surgery; podiatry; and ear, nose and throat medicine, said Melissa Huff, spokeswoman for Templeton Surgery Center.
The center will be managed by the physician members, along with French administrators.
A new board of directors for Templeton Surgery Center was installed in February. It consists of board Chairman Alan Iftiniuk, French president and CEO; Treasurer Sue Andersen, French chief financial officer; President Dr. Joseph Kuntz; Vice President of Operations Ken Hritz, French vice president of professional services; Secretary Dr. Mark Kowall; medical director Dr. Charles Chalekson; and Dr. Ke-Ping Tsao, a French community board member and chair of the French quality committee.
French officials declined to disclose the purchase cost for the surgery center.
French Hospital’s parent company, Catholic Healthcare West, also operates in San Luis Obispo County the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and the Coastal Surgical Institute, a surgery center in Arroyo Grande.
Templeton Surgery Center was previously majority owned by United Surgical Partners International, which operated 190 surgical facilities in the U.S. and England, according to its website.
— Julia Hickey
The Central Coast Wine Competition is accepting entries until May 27 for its 2011 event. Judging will take place June 15 and 16 at the Paso Robles Event Center.
Applicants are encouraged to enter online at http://cmsfw.fairmanager.com. Entry forms can also be sent in the mail, with details available at http://centralcoastwinecompetition.wordpress.com.
A 15-member judging panel led by Bob Foster, assistant editor of the California Grapevine wine newsletter, will include members of the wine industry, trade and media.
The 2010 competition judged 527 submissions from Ventura County and the Central Coast American Viticulture Area, which includes Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.
— Julia Hickey