Wednesday, September 01, 2010
California's Newest Hospital Opens Today
Irvine, Calif. – California’s newest hospital – Hoag Hospital Irvine –
opened today. The hospital immediately becomes one of the premier community
health care facilities in Southern California.
The new hospital replaces the closed hospital facility formerly known as
Irvine Regional Hospital and Medical Center. Hoag entered a long-term
lease agreement for the closed hospital property and completely renovated
it to meet modern health care standards. The $84 million effort opened
on schedule and within budget.
Robert Braithwaite (brayth-wait), chief administrative officer for Hoag
Hospital Irvine, says that opening a new hospital today with advanced
medical technology is a significant accomplishment.
“In the midst of national health care reform and an economic downturn,
we are pleased to be able to bring a new state-of-the-art hospital online.
The additional health care services and creation of more than 900 new
jobs are welcomed in Orange County.”
The new hospital features:
- Advanced operating rooms with new technology that supports modern minimally
invasive surgical techniques, including image-guided surgeries;
- One of the preeminent cardiovascular centers on the West Coast and two
state-of-the-art catheterization labs;
- A radiology department with a larger opening MRI and the most advanced
high-definition, low-dose radiation CT scanner in the Western U.S.;
- An Orthopedics Center of Excellence focusing primarily on adult reconstruction,
such as hip, knee and shoulder replacement, spine surgery, and trauma
that requires inpatient care; and
- A fully staffed Emergency Department that has been re-engineered to wrap
life-saving diagnostic tools, labs, and clinical and imaging technology
around it to provide quicker access and treatment for patients in the
High-quality patient-centered care and one of the finest nursing staffs
in the country are hallmarks of the new hospital. Hoag is one of only
20 hospitals in California to earn the Magnet distinction for excellence
in nursing and its nurse-to-patient ratio exceeds all state-mandated levels.
Green building and construction practices were integrated into every level
of the hospital’s design as part of Hoag’s efforts to completely
transform the existing facility. Dozens of sustainable options were adopted,
such as installing lighting designed to reduce energy usage and state-of-the-art
sterilizers that will save up to a million gallons of water per year.
“To a certain extent, we’ve recycled the hospital. Instead
of building a new facility, we’ve taken the existing building and
transformed it into an incredible community asset,” said Braithwaite.
The newly opened hospital is located at 16200 Sand Canyon Ave. in Irvine,
Calif. For images, video and quotes, visit
About Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Hoag is a non-profit regional health care delivery network in Orange County,
Calif., consisting of two acute-care hospitals, seven health centers and
a network for more than 1,300 physicians, 5,000 employees and 2,000 volunteers.
Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which has served Orange County since 1952,
and Hoag Hospital Irvine, which opened in 2010, are designated Magnet
hospitals by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Hoag offers
a comprehensive mix of health care services, including Centers of Excellence
in cancer, heart and vascular, neurosciences, orthopedics and women’s
health. National Research Corporation has endorsed Hoag as Orange County’s
most preferred hospital for the past 14 consecutive years. And for an
unprecedented 14 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as
the county’s best hospital in a local newspaper survey. Visit