Hoag Unveils Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living

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Hoag Family Foundation Makes Life-Changing Donation to Expand Collaborative Health & Wellness Services for the Underserved Community

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., May 11, 2016 --- Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian today unveiled the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living, a unique collaborative endeavor comprising many of Orange County’s leading providers of health, mental health and spiritual services to underserved individuals and families.

The Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living was made possible by a recent $5 million gift to Hoag Hospital Foundation from its namesake family – the George Hoag Family Foundation.

“The momentum that the Hoag family gift is building at the Center is amazing,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag. “We are excited by the opportunity to serve those in need in a setting that offers a unique combination of convenience, compassion, and quality health care and wellness programs. Thanks to this gift, we look forward to welcoming new organizations and services in the coming months.”

Located on the Newport Beach campus, the center houses an impressive number of organizations that provide a comprehensive range of services, including:

  • Hoag’s Mental Health Center and Pastoral Care programs
  • SOS Children and Family Health Center
  • The Costa Mesa Family Resource Center, whose collaborative partners include Human Options, Raise Foundation, Children’s Bureau, Girls Inc., MOMS Orange County, and Hoag

The goal of the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living is to become a centralized, one-stop location for a wide array of community health services and programs. Bringing together health and wellness organizations under a single roof will create synergies and shared resources that will enable underserved families and individuals to receive holistic health and wellness services provided by a comprehensive network of experts that includes doctors, nurses, spiritual leaders, and behavioral and mental health professionals.

“I see the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living as a unique opportunity to address several community needs in one location,” said Melinda Hoag Smith, whose father, George Hoag, II, established the George Hoag Family Foundation with his parents, Grace and George G. Hoag, Sr.

Hoag Smith, the Foundation’s president and CEO, continued: “The level of accessibility of key services, from pediatric dentistry to chemical dependency and mental health, is very closely aligned with the Hoag Family Foundation’s 75-year mission to serve the most vulnerable by improving social conditions and promoting human welfare.

“It’s quite amazing that in the densely populated Newport Beach area, Hoag can dedicate space to co-locate our Community Benefit services with a very broad range of other agencies on behalf of the underserved.”


Hoag is an approximately $1 billion nonprofit, regional health care delivery network in Orange County, California, that treats more than 25,000 inpatients and 369,000 outpatients annually. Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals – Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which opened in 1952, and Hoag Hospital Irvine, which opened in 2010 – in addition to six health centers and nine urgent care centers. Hoag is a designated Magnet® hospital 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, which consists of an orthopedic hospital and two ambulatory surgical centers. 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, andBecker’s Hospital Review named Hoag as one of the 2015 “100 Great Hospitals in America” – a designation Hoag has received three times. National Research Corporation has endorsed Hoag as Orange County’s most preferred hospital for the past 20 consecutive years and, for an unprecedented 20 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as one of the county’s best hospitals in a local newspaper survey. Visit www.hoag.org for more information.


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