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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

Dear Neighbor,

As the New Year approaches, I am filled with a sense of gratitude for the relationship Hoag holds with our community. Your trust in us pushes us to be better every day. Not just to adopt the most advanced technologies and procedures, but also to help create them. Your unwavering support during an unprecedented pandemic has given us the strength to lead during difficult times. Your displays of mutual responsibility – from getting your flu shots to respecting masking recommendations in our hospitals and offices – speaks to our shared appreciation and respect.

My gratitude for this community heightens my excitement for the future of Hoag. With our expansion in Irvine and our creation of new paradigms of care, we are becoming a national leader in health care delivery. We are attracting the best and brightest from the most prestigious institutions around the country. We are creating institutes and programs here in Orange County that rival the top academic facilities in the world, such as our Molecular Imaging & Therapy program, our Digestive Health Institute and our Spine Program. We are changing, growing and improving – for you and with you.

Thank you for all you have done to inspire our momentum. Thank you for your words of gratitude for our world-class medical professionals. And thank you, most of all, for taking care of yourself and each other.

This last point is especially important as we go into the new year facing a “triple-demic” of COVID-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). I have seen you do your part, getting vaccinated against the flu and boosted against COVID-19 and I thank you. Your actions communicate your respect and appreciation for the people around you, particularly for our elderly, frail and the front-line medical staff who are always here for you. If you would like to schedule a flu or COVID-19 shot or booster, please reach out to your primary care physician or visit your local pharmacy. 

In this holiday season of gratitude, I look back at Hoag’s incredible growth in the face of unprecedented odds – and forward to a future that holds limitless promise, and my heart fills with thanks. We have done so much together. And together, we will do so much more.

From the Hoag family to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy holiday season. 


Robert T. Braithwaite

President and Chief Executive Officer

By: Stu News Newport