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Hoag Rides the Wave of Health Care Innovation into Huntington BeachPier ReviewJuly 22, 2014

​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 neighborhood.

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 Pier.

The event 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 attention.

“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 Beach.”

To view the original article in the Pier Review, please click here. 


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