April 5, 2024
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Good Works: French Hospital gets $100K from credit union; Awards in South SLO County


French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo has received a $100,000 gift from SESLOC Federal Credit Union, the hospital announced Oct. 11.

The donation will support French Hospital’s ongoing $130 million expansion project, which will add a four-story patient care tower to the existing hospital campus. The hospital now has $114 million committed to the project, $100 million of it from Dignity Health, French Hospital’s nonprofit parent, and the rest from private donors. Dignity plans to complete the expansion in 2024.

The gift makes SESLOC, San Luis Obispo County’s largest credit union, one of the first members of French Hospital’s Beyond Health Business Partners program, joining RRM Design Group, Promega Biosciences. Members of the program get “unique health education benefits” for their workforces, according to Dignity Health’s news release.


South County Chambers of Commerce — which represents businesses in Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Avila Beach, Oceano and Nipomo — announced its community award winners on Oct. 6 at its annual dinner and awards gala at Villa Loriana in the Edna Valley.

There were two Business of the Year awards, one for 2020 and one for 2021. Rutiz Family Farms in Arroyo Grande was the 2020 winner, and The Spoon Trade restaurant and its Grover Beach Sourdough bakery in Grover Beach won for 2021.

Jeff Long, the executive director of the Nipomo Recreation Association and a youth sports volunteer coach and referee, was honored with the Ken Talley Youth Service Award. The 2021 Chamber Ambassador of the Year was Kassi Dee of Nan’s Pre-Owned Books, who took over the store last year after her grandmother, Nan, retired.


Aimee Miller, a marketing executive at AppFolio who has held executive positions at multiple high-tech firms, has joined the board of directors for the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara.

Miller is chief market officer of AppFolio, and has headed the Goleta-based software company’s marketing since 2009. She has also held senior positions at Citrix Online and Vistera in Santa Barbara. A UC Berkeley graduate, she has also worked at Cisco Systems, Digital Island and Telegis Networks in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara is the nation’s largest community-based provider of college scholarships, having awarded more than $137 million to more than 55,000 students since its founding in 1962, according to a news release from the nonprofit.