Hoag Donates $3.775 Million to New Huntington Beach Senior Center

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – (November 10, 2014) – Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian today announced the donation of the largest single gift to the new Huntington Beach Senior Center in the Park.

The cornerstone gift of $3.775 million, being made through the Hoag Community Benefit program, will help fund the construction of the 37,500-square foot building as well as ensure the sustainability of vital programming at the center.

“At Hoag, we believe in making world-class health care more accessible to more people,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, Hoag president and CEO. “In March, we opened the expanded Hoag Health Center – Huntington Beach, which is home to some of the best Hoag Medical Group primary care physicians, as well as some of the finest specialists and state-of-the-art equipment. This gift is just the latest example of Hoag’s continued commitment to the residents of Huntington Beach.”

Roughly $2 million of the gift will fund capital costs to ensure the long-awaited senior center becomes a reality. The rest will help fund and support the sustainability of such critical programs as:

- Free clinical assessments and health education.

- The Surf City Seniors on the Go program, a vital transportation service which provides more than 200 one-way trips a day for seniors who need assistance accessing medical care and senior services.

- Home Delivered Meals program, which serves approximately 140 frail and homebound seniors providing 3 meals a day, 5 days a week, as well as providing nutritional supplements, grocery gift cards and other resources for at-risk, nutritionally compromised older adults in Huntington Beach.

- Staffing for Project Self Sufficiency, which assists low-income, single parents in Huntington Beach to become economically self-sufficient through education and personal development, child care reimbursement, emergency housing, scholarships and other services.

The new center will be built in the 343-acre Huntington Central Park and will replace the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center on Orange Street.

“We have been eagerly anticipating the development of the new Senior Center in the Park, as we know the seniors in this community deserve the best facility we can provide,” said Janeen Laudenback, director of community services for Huntington Beach. “Hoag has given this community an immeasurable gift as our partner in providing a vibrant, community-focused place for seniors that will give them the resources to stay active, healthy and independent for generations to come.”

“There is so much more to a healthy community than being a health care provider that heals the sick. It is about improving the general welfare of the community,” said Gwyn Parry, M.D., director of the department of community health and community benefit programs at Hoag. “This center embodies our mission to bring health and wellness into the community to an important senior population that truly needs it.”


Hoag is an approximately $1 billion nonprofit, regional health care delivery network in Orange County, California, that treats more than 24,000 inpatients and 362,000 outpatients annually. Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals, six health centers, and six urgent care centers. 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 blend of health care services that includes five institutes providing specialized services in the following areas: cancer, heart and vascular, neurosciences, women’s health, and orthopedics through Hoag’s affiliate, Hoag Orthopedic Institute. In 2013, Hoag entered into an alliance with St. Joseph Health to further expand health care services in the Orange County community, known as St. Joseph Hoag Health. Hoag has been named one of the Best Regional Hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report Metro Edition. National Research Corporation has endorsed Hoag as Orange County’s most preferred hospital for the past 18 consecutive years and, for an unprecedented 19 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as one of the county’s best hospital in a local newspaper survey. Visit www.hoag.org for more information.