Former Apple executive donates $500,000 to French hospital


The Center Médical Hospitalier Français received a donation of $500,000 to support its ongoing expansion project.

The donation comes from John Couch, author and former executive at Apple, who recently moved to San Luis Obispo.

The medical center’s current project, “Your New French Hospital,” will cost a total of $150 million. The expansion will include a new patient care tower with individual rooms.

The hospital plans to include “holistic healing spaces” in the expansion, according to organizers, in a bid to meet the emotional, mental and spiritual needs of patients. This includes a meditation room and a serenity garden, which will be named after Couch’s mother, Mary Lou Couch.

“I am honored to support French Hospital and its vision for the future,” John Couch said in a statement. “And I’m truly humbled to name this important healing space in recognition of my mother. She was a deeply spiritual woman and honoring her in this way is very meaningful to our family.”

The hospital has committed $137 million to the project, including $120 million from Dignity Health and $17 million from private San Luis Obispo County donors.

The expansion is planned for 2025.

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