Hospitals

French Hospital Medical Center

For more then 60 years, French Hospital Medical Center has provided compassionate, quality health care to our community. While our technology and medical expertise remain on the forefront of innovation, our role as a caring, dedicated member of this community remains the same. We will always be there when you need us most.

TELEPHONES
Telephones are at each patient's bedside. To make a local call, dial 9 to get an outside line, then dial the number you wish to reach. Long distance or collect calls require the operator's assistance. Patients may receive phone calls until 10:00 p.m. Patients can request all or some calls be held to provide them with rest.

MEALS
Meals times are approximately 8:00 am, 12:30 pm and 6:15 pm. Menus are distributed each morning. Patients make selections for the following day. Patients may call #7326 to find out daily specials. Please notify the nursing staff of any special diet requirements. The amount of food and fluid intake by many patients is monitored. Therefore, it is important to check with the nurse before giving outside snacks or meals to the patient.

VALUABLES
Please do not bring valuables to the hospital. If possible, limit your belongings to clothing and toilet articles.
Please be very careful with your glasses, hearing aids and dentures. Keep those items in their proper storage cases when not in use.

MEDICATIONS
All medications you take during your hospitalizations must be dispensed by our Pharmacy. Personal medications are not allowed at the bedside. We encourage you to leave your medications at home. However, your medications may sometimes be stored in the Pharmacy and dispensed by the nurse with your physician's order.

HIPPA AND PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY
With the enactment of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA), a patient's right to have his or her health information kept private and secure became not only an ethical obligation of FHMC physicians and staff, it became the law. Under HIPPA's privacy and information security sections, it is illegal to release health information to inappropriate parties or to fail to adequately protect health information from release. Therefore, it is important for you the patient and your family or friends to choose a *contact person* that staff can relay information to. Protecting patient privacy is essential to the mission of FHMC and its family of CHW hospitals.

French Hospital Medical Center offers a wide range of services to meet the growing needs of our community. The facility is a not-for-profit hospital that offers 24-hour emergency services, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and a wide range of healthcare services.

The most important aspect of French Hospital Medical Center's 24 hour Emergency Department is the quality of patient care, the quality of our physicians and the quality of our nurses. All 12 E.D. physicians are Resident Trained Emergency Medicine Specialists. Our nurses are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support, (BLS) Pediatric Advanced Life Support (ACLS) and Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC).


Ongoing monthly surveys conducted by the California Emergency Physicians group has consistently ranked French Hospital Medical Center's E.D. department's patient satisfaction scores, as the highest among 50 California Emergency Physician group sites. FHMC Emergency physicians are members of the California Emergency Physicians group.

The California Emergency Physician's group has also documented French Hospital's average "wait time to be seen" as less than 20 minutes.

Take a Virtual Tour of many of the programs and service areas at FHMC click here .

Quickcare Program - Our Promise

The Wait is over. You can't avoid life's little accidents and illnesses. But you can avoid hours of waiting in an emergency room. At French Hospital Medical Center, we treat every patient as a priority. You'll be seen in our emergency department within 30 minutes of your arrival. You'll be evaluated by a doctor in less time that you'd spend just waiting at other hospitals. So, if you ever need immediate care, come to French. You'll feel better a whole lot faster.

For Emergencies please call: 911

For information about the Emergency Department call: (805) 542-6378

MEDICAL SERVICES

Cardiac Services

Case Management

Day Stay

Diagnostic Services

Emergency Services

Endoscopy Laboratory

Family Birthing Center

French Health Center

HealthAware Assessments

Hearst Cancer Resource Center

Sierra Vista Medical Hospital

After 50 years and more than 40,000 deliveries, Sierra Vista knows babies, moms and dads.

The Birth Center at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center is committed to providing you with personalized care, while offering advanced technological resources, medical expertise and education. The dedicated nursing staff is selected for its vast experience in low and high risk situations, and is here to honor your birth plan and your choices. With seven labor, delivery and recovery suites, a newborn nursery and a newborn Intensive Care Unit, The Birth Center provides the resources needed to make each birth as comfortable as possible for mother and baby.

Pre-Registration

All obstetric patients should pre-register at least 12 to 16 weeks prior to their due date. This will allow the hospital to verify insurance coverage and counsel the patient on various payment options and government programs, if needed. Validating insurance and billing information prior to the delivery date can help reduce a patient's anxiety upon arrival to the hospital and also allow them to be directly admitted. Click here to pre-register .

 

Family Centered Birth

Labor & Delivery Suites: These single-patient rooms are appointed with amenities to make you feel at home throughout your birthing process. Each room includes a flat screen television, wireless internet access and a sleeper chair for your partner or coach.

Special Celebration Dinner: To celebrate the birth of your newborn, you and your coach are invited to have a quiet dinner the evening before you leave the hospital. This meal is selected from a specially prepared menu.

Infant Security: Your infant's protection is a priority at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. In order to ensure the safety of your newborn, the hospital utilizes a highly sophisticated infant security system.

The Birthing Process

Labor Tub: Warm water immersion is available to help promote relaxation and manage pain without the need for medical intervention.

Anesthesia: Anesthesiologists are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide pain management to laboring mothers.

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High Risk Capabilities

Vaginal Birth after Cesarean: If you and your physician decide that a VBAC delivery is an option, Sierra Vista is fully equipped to accommodate your choice. Anesthesiologists are on-site during all VBAC labors.

Operating Room: Two operating rooms located within the Labor & Delivery Unit allow physicians to perform cesarean sections quickly and efficiently.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Sierra Vista is proud to offer the only Level III NICU between Santa Barbara and Salinas. Providing critical care services for the hospital's tiniest patients, new parents can find comfort in knowing their infant will receive top quality care quickly and without having to leave their hometown.

24 Hour Maternal Transport Program: Sierra Vista accepts transport of high-risk patients from all hospitals within the community, from Lompoc to King City.

Diabetes Management Program: The Sweet Success Team at Sierra Vista strives to improve pregnancy outcomes for women who have preexisting or gestational diabetes. The program teaches patients how to monitor their blood sugars at home, while following a prescribed meal plan to help keep blood sugars in control throughout pregnancy. Services are provided during preconception, pregnancy and post-partum.

 

Childbirth Education

Certified, experienced childbirth and lactation specialists offer a variety of education classes to help prepare you, your coach and your family for the arrival of your new baby. These classes can help you to feel more confident about what to expect with childbirth and parenting. For more information or to register for a class, go to Find an Event .

Birth Center Tours: Expectant mothers and birthing coaches are invited to tour the Birth Center at Sierra Vista in order to familiarize themselves with our philosophy of family centered birth. The tour includes information on general hospital policies, admitting processes, perinatal education programs and a sneak-peek at our labor, delivery and recovery suites. Free.

Prepared Childbirth: A series of four classes designed to teach expectant mothers and childbirth coaches about the laboring process. Topics include pain management, birthing techniques and cesarean sections. Please register by the 20 th week of pregnancy. Fee: $50.

Baby Care Basics: New parents are taught how to keep their newborns clean, safe and comfortable. Topics include newborn characteristics and development, feeding, bathing, diapering, accident prevention and sibling interaction. Instructors will also discuss the physical and emotional changes related to motherhood and the adjustment to fatherhood. Grandparents are welcome to attend. Free.

Breast Feeding Basics: This class provides practical information for a successful and rewarding breastfeeding experience. Topics include breast milk production, breastfeeding strategies for working mothers and family support. Expectant mothers should attend this between 30 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. Free.

Infant/Child CPR: This class provides comprehensive information on the practice of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and obstructed airway rescue for adults, children and infants. Parents, grandparents and childcare providers are encouraged to attend. Fee: $35. Participants receive an American Heart Association Certificate upon completion.

Pre-Registration is required for all classes. For upcoming class schedules and to register, call 1.800.483.6387.