Surf City has it good: Beautiful beaches, good food, perfect
weather, and now easy access to some of the best medical care in the county.
With a total of 100,000 square-feet of diagnostic, treatment
and imaging space, Hoag Health Center Huntington Beach recently doubled in size
to give local residents access to more physicians and more state-of-the art
technology than ever before.
The expansion is representative of how Hoag is transforming
the way health care is provided countywide. The new facility is designed to
increase access to care, improve collaboration among primary care physicians
and specialists, and put patients in the driver’s seat of their own wellness.
Now Huntington Beach residents enjoy same-day appointments,
enhanced diagnostic and imaging care and extended women’s health care that
matches the high-quality care of Hoag’s main campus in Newport Beach.
For instance, the Huntington Beach facility offers Breast
Tomosynthesis, or 3D Mammography, a state-of-the-art technology available
in only a handful of hospitals and medical centers nationwide that helps locate
breast cancer tumors in young women and women with dense breast tissue, for
whom traditional mammography is not always reliable.
Hoag Health Center Huntington Beach also welcomed
several new doctors to the Beach Boulevard health center, including Drs.
Jennifer Birkhauser, Sheetal Gavankar and Danny Vo, three recent additions to
Hoag Medical Group who bring their expertise and enthusiasm to Huntington
Beach. These physicians joined other Hoag Medical Group physicians, including
Board Certified internists Drs. Julie Matsuura and Nancy Love.
Collectively, the physicians at the Health Center provide
primary and specialty care, including gastroenterology, obstetrics and
gynecology, orthopedics, oncology, and pulmonology and rheumatology.
This means specialists are literally across the hall from
primary care doctors. The results of blood work taken on one floor of the building
can be immediately available electronically to the specialist on another floor.
For Huntington Beach residents, that means getting complete health care is a
matter of taking the stairs, not the freeway.
Even the building itself is innovative, designed with
sustainable materials and a color palette that honors its Surf City
Hoag’s commitment to
the people of Huntington Beach isn’t just confined to 100,000-square feet on
Beach Boulevard. The hospital recently joined the Huntington Beach Chamber of
Commerce and the Rotary Club of Huntington Beach in supporting “Surfboards on
Parade,” an interactive event that drew crowds of surfers and community leaders
in simultaneously learning about the importance of skin cancer prevention and
celebrating the city’s 100-year anniversary of surfing at the Huntington Beach
highlighted the importance of incorporating wellness into everyday life,
particularly in sun-kissed, active Huntington Beach. To further support the
wellness of the community, Hoag Health Center Huntington Beach
will introduce an Urgent Care this summer, serving residents’ needs after
hours, should a softball injury or late-summer allergies demand immediate
“We are living in a time of health care transformation. The
challenge for us is to improve care and increase access while lowering costs.
This expanded, innovative building is a shining example of how Hoag is doing
just that,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hoag Memorial
Hospital Presbyterian, at the recent
ribbon-cutting for the new Huntington Beach facility on Saturday, April 26,
2014. “As an added bonus, we get to work here in beautiful Huntington
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