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French Hospital opens new 14-bed patient care wing

French Hospital Medical Center has opened a new 14-bed patient care wing. The updated area includes a new nurses’ station as well as an indoor/outdoor physical therapy gym.
French Hospital Medical Center has opened a new 14-bed patient care wing. The updated area includes a new nurses’ station as well as an indoor/outdoor physical therapy gym.

French Hospital Medical Center has opened a new 14-bed patient care wing designed to focus on the needs of orthopedic patients as well as other medical and surgical patients. The updated area includes a new nurses station and an indoor/outdoor physical therapy gym.

Each patient room has specialized equipment to help patients recover, and the physical therapy gym has elevated surfaces to help with the post-operative regimen of knee and hip patients, according to a hospital news release.

A portion of costs for the new wing were paid for by donors, including a significant donation from the George Hoag Family Foundation, said Megan Maloney, senior director of marketing and communications for French Hospital Medical Center. She declined to disclose the cost of the new wing.

This addition is the first patient wing added since 1972, and it increases the total licensed number of beds to 117.

The updates are part of a multiyear, $39 million modernization project titled “French — Well Into the Future.” So far, the French Hospital Medical Center Foundation has raised $6.4 million for the modernization project and will continue to raise funds. The not-for-profit hospital is responsible for the rest.

So far, completed changes include an expansion and remodel of the Intensive Care Unit and Outpatient Surgery Unit, a remodel of the hospital’s front entrance, a new healing garden with an atrium, a redesigned lobby, improvements to the gift shop and the new Copeland Health Education Pavilion, Maloney said.

Future projects and those underway include new imaging and diagnostic equipment, a remodel of the Emergency Department, a remodel and expansion of the Stollmeyer Family Birthing Center complete with all new technology, a family waiting area, additional private birthing rooms and a new C-section suite, Maloney said.

Rick Stollmeyer, MindBody Inc. co-founder and chief executive officer, and Lori Stollmeyer Ryan, former obstetrics nurse at French Hospital, contributed $1 million to help pay for the birthing center’s expansion and remodel, Maloney said.

The Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo does not have a specific orthopedic wing, spokesman Ron Yukelson said. He added that the hospital does its best to group the orthopedic patients in one area for the convenience of both the surgeons and continuity among nursing staff. Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center has 164 licensed beds.

Danielle Ames: 805-781-7902

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