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A Legacy of Generosity

Ben Du remembers the day in August when he toured the final phase of construction of the newly expanded and enhanced Emergency Department at Hoag Hospital Irvine. As a member of the Hoag Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, Ben was invited on the tour to update him and his fellow board members on this important Hoag project.

“I saw a state-of-the-art emergency facility and I thought it was very good for the area,” he says. He knew that with the continued growth of the region, which is home to more than 15,000 businesses, there is an immediate need for Hoag to grow with the communities it serves.

Although he and wife Carmela call Newport Beach home, Ben wanted to be part of the effort to bring the finest emergency services and facilities to the Irvine and South County communities. Ben brought Carmela back to Hoag Hospital Irvine for a tour. When she saw the beautiful 13,500 square-foot-facility and learned of the best practices that ensure the highest level of compassionate care, Carmela was on board with the idea to make a generous gift in support of the Emergency Department renovation and expansion project.

Ben and Carmela made a $5 million gift to the project, the largest gift to date in the history of Hoag Hospital Irvine. In recognition and gratitude, Hoag named the Benjamin & Carmela Du Emergency Pavilion at Hoag Hospital Irvine.

The couple’s first major gift to Hoag established the Benjamin & Carmela Du Endowed Chair in Urologic Oncology. In 2015, Jeffrey Yoshida, M.D., program director of urologic oncology at Hoag Family Cancer Institute, became the eleventh endowed chair holder thanks to their generosity.

Drawn to making gifts with a big impact on patient care, the Dus are thrilled that their giving will affect generations. “We’re very excited to make this a reality,” Ben says. “After learning all that they have planned, we know that Irvine residents will have access to outstanding care and an advanced facility.”

When they told daughter Lizette and their two granddaughters the news, the entire family was excited by the couple’s decision to support Hoag. “Lizette smiled because she understands the importance of giving back,” Carmela says. “It will be part of our family legacy.”

With a patient-centered design, the Benjamin & Carmela Du Emergency Pavilion will provide exceptional emergency care for the community.

“On behalf of the countless patients we will serve in the years to come, I thank Ben and Carmela Du for their giving spirits,” says Robert T. Braithwaite, Hoag president and CEO. “By providing the funding to enhance the Emergency Department experience for all concerned, their giving is truly a win-win for Hoag and the community at large.”

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