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Leslie Margolin, President and CEO of Pasadena-based, The Margolin Group, Named Board Member at Hoag

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Leslie Margolin, President and CEO of Pasadena-based, The Margolin Group, Named Board Member at Hoag

Newport Beach, Calif. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian today announced it has elected three new Board members with extensive experience in the health care and financial sectors. Leslie Margolin, Karen Linden, R.N., and George Wood, CFA, joined the Hoag Board of Directors for the 2011 – 2012 fiscal year, beginning October 2011.

“We are fortunate to have these three very experienced individuals join our Board of Directors, and look forward to their contributions to Hoag,” said Richard M. Afable, M.D., Hoag’s president and chief executive officer. “Their breadth of experience and expertise will greatly benefit Hoag as we continue to deliver the utmost in quality care to our patients.”

Leslie Margolin, a resident of Altadena, has worked to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, accessibility, and affordability of health care for the past 27 years. Ms. Margolin held executive positions with top health care organizations such as Anthem Blue Cross (California) and Kaiser Permanente and, most recently, established her own company, The Margolin Group™, to drive meaningful and sustainable improvements in cost, quality, and safety in health care.

Karen Linden, R.N., from Newport Beach, served as a medical-surgical nurse with Sunrise Humana Hospital and Desert Springs Community Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada for nine years, as well as an orthopedic operating nurse and public health nurse in previous positions. Ms. Linden’s history with Hoag dates back to 2002, when she became involved with the Hoag Family Cancer Institute Circle 1000 annual campaign.

George Wood, of Laguna Beach, served as an executive vice president for 15 years with Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), where he helped manage profiles for a variety of clients in health care, foundation and endowments, public plans, and corporate ventures. Mr. Wood has a long career of financial management, holding previous positions with Merus Capital Management, Commerce Bank of Kansas City, and Kansas City Life Insurance Company.

The three new members were elected by the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Corporate Members (George Hoag Family Foundation and the Association of Presbyterian Members) at their annual meeting on August 2, 2011, and will serve three-year terms.

Re-elected to the Board by the Corporate Members for three-year terms were Jeffrey H. Margolis, Richard A. Norling, Yulun Wang, Ph.D., and Douglas Zusman, M.D. After serving on the Board for almost 12 years, three of those as Chairman, Richard M. Ortwein will be leaving the Board effective September 30, 2011.

At its September meeting, the Board of Directors re-elected the current officers to serve another year: Chairman – Stephen Jones; Vice-Chairman – Robert W. Evans, and Secretary – John L. Benner. All of these positions are effective October 1, 2011.?

About Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

Hoag is a non-profit regional healthcare 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 four urgent care centers (with one more scheduled to open in fall 2011). 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 include 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. Hoag has been named one of the Best Regional Hospitals in theU.S. News & World Report Metro Edition. National Research Corporation has endorsed Hoag as Orange County’s most preferred hospital for the past 15 consecutive years, and, for an unprecedented 15 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as the county’s best hospital in a local newspaper survey.