NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. –
June 4, 2014 – Hoag Hospital Foundation has received a $1 million gift from grateful
patient James Emmi and his wife Catherine, of Corona del Mar, who have
supported the hospital every year since 1976.
“Twenty-five years of teaching kindergarten tugs at my heart and
makes me want to give back,” said Catherine Emmi. “Jimmy and
I have a deep affection for Hoag and feel it is important to support the
community we call home.”
Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag along with Michael N.
Brant-Zawadzki, M.D., F.A.C.R., who holds the Ron and Sandi Simon Executive
Medical Director Endowed Chair at Hoag Neurosciences Institute, were present
to accept the $1 million check from the Emmis that will go to support
the Hoag Neurosciences Institute.
“The Emmis have made a true commitment to advancing health in Orange
County and beyond,” says Braithwaite. “Their incredible history
of support for Hoag for the past 38 years is exemplary and we are forever
grateful for this most generous gift that will allow Hoag to continue
to be the leader in innovative and advanced neurological care.”
Nationally recognized, Hoag Neurosciences Institute is an integrated, multidisciplinary
team approach to disorders of the brain, nerves and spine using the best
evidence-based clinical care, state-of-the-art technology, and advanced
clinical research, all focused on the individual patient need. The Emmi’s
gift will help the Institute continue to recruit the finest physicians
to expand and coordinate neurological patient care in easily accessible
and comforting facilities.
“We believe that innovation is a key ingredient to success in optimal
healthcare delivery,” says Dr. Brant-Zawadzki. “The Emmi’s
gift allows the Hoag Neurosciences Institute to provide innovated models
that will not only improve care in this community, but will influence
the way both in-patient and out-patient neurological care is delivered
around the country.”
James Emmi is the retired president of Kimberly Development Company, and
a longtime manager of apartment properties in Orange County. He has served
on numerous Boards of Trustees, including the Pacific Symphony and Chapman
University. An avid sailor, he has participated in many yacht races over
the years and has served as commodore of the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.
A teacher all her life, Catherine Emmi is passionate about education and
the pursuit of lifelong learning. Catherine earned her B.A. and B.Ed.
degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and her M.Ed. from Pepperdine
University. Catherine contributes her time to various committees for local
nonprofit organizations that include the Pacific Symphony Support League,
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Women of Chapman, Pacific Chorale, Orange
County High School for the Arts, and MIND Research Institute.
In addition to Hoag, the Emmis have supported an extensive list of organizations
that include Pacific Symphony, UC Berkeley, Share Our Selves, Caltech,
MIND Research Institute, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Newport Harbor Nautical
Museum, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Girls Inc., Newport Beach Performing
Arts Theater Foundation, Newport Beach Public Library, Chapman University,
and Orange County Museum of Art.
The Emmis hope their gift will inspire others to give back. “Every
gift, large or small, stands out and makes a difference,” said James Emmi.
For more information on supporting Hoag, visit www.hoaghospitalfoundation.org.
About Hoag Hospital Foundation
Thanks in large part to philanthropy, Hoag has become one of the nation’s
finest healthcare systems and serves a diverse and growing population.
Hoag Hospital Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hoag (a separate 501(c)(3)
corporation), is an integral partner in Hoag’s vision to become
a trusted and nationally recognized healthcare leader. Under the direction
of a volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation conducts campaigns and
programs that generate more than $40 million per year in gifts and pledges.
The Foundation is currently in the planning phase of a campaign with a
working goal of $500 million by 2020. Please visitwww.hoaghospitalfoundation.org.
About Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Hoag is an approximately $1 billion nonprofit, regional health care delivery
network in Orange County, California, that treats nearly 30,000 inpatients
and 350,000 outpatients annually. Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals,
seven health centers, and five 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:
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. 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 18 years, residents of Orange County have
chosen Hoag as the county’s best hospital in a local newspaper survey. Visit
www.hoag.org for more information.