Thinking Beyond

Swanson Family Chapel Groundbreaking


Paving the Way for Your New French Hospital

Chapel Groundbreaking Ceremony


On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, French Hospital Medical Center celebrated a historic groundbreaking for the Swanson Family Chapel. This celebratory moment is the catalyst for Your New French Hospital, a monumental transformation that will revolutionize the physical campus and advance health care in San Luis Obispo County.

The serene interfaith chapel is made possible by the generosity of longtime supporters of French Hospital, Bill and Cheryl Swanson. The addition of this sacred space will create an inclusive and diverse sanctuary for patients and their families to seek solace.

In addition, the new chapel will accommodate up to 65 people, as well as patient gurneys. A dramatic centerpiece is the inclusion of customized stained glass windows being designed by world-renowned artist Elizabeth Devereaux who has over 45 years of glass art experience. This exquisite artwork will create a breathtaking ambiance reflecting hope and peace. The chapel will also feature a majestic bell tower with a unique cast bell.

This incredible undertaking will transcend the French Hospital facility into the hospital of the future, far exceeding the needs and expectations of our growing community through advanced technologies, highly skilled personnel, and a new state-of-the-art facility. Learn more about Your New French Hospital, coming in 2024.