The idea to build a hospital in Newport Beach, CA for the residents of
coastal Orange County dates back to 1944. Rev. Raymond Brahams, seven
Presbyterian church members and one physician formed a corporation called
the Presbyterian Hospital of Laguna Beach. They began a fundraising campaign
in the local community and changed the name to the Presbyterian Hospital
of Orange County after securing a site on the bluffs in Newport Beach.
Unable to afford construction costs following World War II, they looked
for additional sources of funds.
In 1950, the Hoag Family Foundation, established 10 years earlier by George
Hoag, Sr. (an early partner in the J.C. Penney Company), his wife Grace
and their son George Hoag II, learned of the hospital project and donated
the funds needed to begin construction. With the support of the Hoag Family
Foundation and the community, the hospital was completed in just two years
and named Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. When the hospital opened
on September 15, 1952, there were 75 beds, 68 staff physicians and 60
The George Hoag Family Foundation and the Association of Presbyterian Members,
represent the two founding organizations of the hospital and continue
to provide leadership as corporate members of the Hoag corporation. These
members annually elect the board of directors, including representatives
from the Hoag community and medical staff, as well as the chief executive officer.
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