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Philanthropists Launch Hoag’s Irvine Expansion

Transformational. That is the word used to describe the lead philanthropic gifts at the cornerstone of Hoag’s expansion in Irvine.

Thanks to the largest gift in Hoag history, a $106 million gift from the late Audrey Steele Burnand, and a $50 million gift from philanthropists David and Diana Sun, Hoag is expanding its campus in Irvine, fulfilling South Orange County’s need for access to comprehensive, world-class care and bolstering Hoag’s emergence as a global destination for medical excellence and unparalleled service.

Of the Sun family’s gift, David Sun, co-founder and chief operating officer of Kingston Technology, said, “It’s no more important or meaningful than any other gift to Hoag, no matter the amount, if it
comes from the heart and is made in the hope of helping others. Diana and I simply hope our gift will inspire others to give whatever they can.”

The expanded campus will include new state-of-the-art specialty care centers for surgical innovation, cancer, digestive and women’s health in addition to dedicated urgent care services for cancer patients. Slated to be complete in 2025, the expansion will bring six new buildings, 155 inpatient beds, eight operating rooms, two additional procedure rooms and 120,000 square feet of ambulatory facilities.

“We are challenging the status quo with the generous support of our community. Fueled by the newest technological advancements and delivered by the compassionate people who are the foundation of our unique care, this new paradigm of health care is certain to appeal broadly to patients in Orange County, throughout Southern California and beyond,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag.

Central to Hoag’s expansion are also plans to blend high-tech and high-touch features, including wellness and health-enhancing indoor and outdoor spaces, meditation gardens and seamless, patient-focused experiences from arrival to patient rooms and every step in between.

“Increased access to innovative clinical trials. Advanced treatments. Cutting-edge technology. The Hoag expansion represents our continued commitment to our patients: to stay at the forefront of the most rapidly evolving medical specialties,” said Burton L. Eisenberg, M.D., Grace E. Hoag Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair, Hoag Family Cancer Institute. Philanthropic support has already raised more than half of Hoag Hospital Foundation’s $300 million goal in its Boldly Hoag capital campaign to support the expansion.

Melinda Hoag Smith, whose family was one of the founders of the hospital, along with the Association of Presbyterian Members, said she is proud of Hoag’s vision for the future. “My family would be so proud to see what Hoag has achieved and what it will continue to achieve.”

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