An Act of Extraordinary Generosity

Richard “Dick” Pickup is making an indelible mark on Hoag that will change the trajectory of care in our community. Through an act of extraordinary generosity, the Pickup Family Foundation gifted $15 million to support neurosciences at Hoag. In gratitude, Hoag has named the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute.

The Pickup Family Foundation’s transformational gift is the third largest in Hoag’s 65-plus year history and is a reflection of Dick’s wish to leave a meaningful legacy that serves the greater good. "Most of my life, I've been trying to build an estate," said Dick, "but when you reach your 80s, you realize that material things pale in comparison to what mankind can do with these monies."

Owner of Balboa Bay Resort and Newport Beach Country Club, Dick says that the family gift was inspired by two compelling factors: their long-time admiration of and affiliation with Hoag, and the recent loss of a beloved family member to Alzheimer’s disease.

“There have been breakthroughs in cancer and cardiology and other areas of medicine, but there is still so much that is unknown about the brain,” said Dick. “From Alzheimer’s to addiction and other brain disorders, we have a lot left to learn. I am hoping that in the next 10 years or so we can make significant strides in these areas.”

Dick added that the family’s gift was made in the hope it will aid in the discovery of new treatments and cures for brain disorders, which afflict millions of people.

“I have found over the years that if you have passionate, educated people dedicated to long-term success like those at Hoag, they make things happen,” he said. “With good management and passion, you can achieve breakthroughs.”

Established in 2007, the newly-renamed Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag has expanded over the past decade to offer nationally leading programs exploring causes of and groundbreaking treatments for virtually all aspects of neuroscience-based medical conditions.

“The Pickup family’s extraordinary generosity will enable Hoag to dramatically expand and accelerate clinical research and treatment of the many critical conditions our programs focus on at the Institute,” said Hoag President and CEO Robert T. Braithwaite. “This gift will further Hoag’s growing national leadership in neurosciences. We are deeply grateful to the Pickup family for their support and trust.”

Long-time philanthropists, the Pickup family has made numerous gifts throughout the years, but this is the family’s largest single gift. “The Pickup family’s gift will benefit generations to come,” said Flynn A. Andrizzi, Ph.D., president of Hoag Hospital Foundation. “Hoag continues to distinguish itself for its pioneering care which is made possible by the support of compassionate families like the Pickups.”

For more information about Hoag Promise, Our Campaign to Lead, Innovate & Transform, please visit www.HoagPromise.org.