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Hoag Saved Her Brother-in-Law's Life; In Return, Sue Gross Expands Her Already Remarkable History of Generosity with a $1 Million Gift

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NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF., September 14, 2020 --- Adding to an already long history of generosity, Hoag Hospital Foundation today announced a $1 million gift from the Sue J. Gross Foundation to Hoag’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center.

In appreciation of the major gift, Hoag is naming the Sally & Joseph Warpinski Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center in honor of Sue Gross’ sister and brother-in-law. Gross and the Warpinskis credit Hoag with saving Dr. Joseph Warpinski’s life.

Joseph’s infection was so severe that doctors in Wisconsin, where it was initially diagnosed, warned he might not survive more than just a few days. Aware of Hoag’s comprehensive Wound Healing Center based on treatment that Sally Warpinski received at the same facility just one year earlier -- and after encouragement from Gross -- the Warpinskis flew to Orange County, where Joseph received lifesaving treatment from Hoag’s skilled wound-care specialists.

“Sally and I went through quite an ordeal that went from bad to worse until we got to Hoag and the incredible doctors, nurses, and staff at Hoag turned it around for me. There is no question in my mind that I am here today because of them and want to especially thank Dr. Michael Bain, Dr. Catherine Koper, Dr. Kambiz Vahabzadeh, and Dr. Jonathen Zelkin,” said Dr. Joseph Warpinski. “We don’t think wound care receives the recognition it deserves as most of us don’t realize just how dire your situation can become – and how important the work the doctors in this field do is – until you experience it for yourself or through a loved one. Because of this, we are so pleased and honored to have this center named after us.”

“This wonderful gift from the Sue J. Gross Foundation is just the latest example of Sue’s remarkable generosity and lifelong affection for Orange County and her concern for the well-being of its residents,” said Flynn A. Andrizzi, Ph.D, president of the Hoag Hospital Foundation. “Her major contribution joins a long list of others she has directed to Hoag, and underscores her richly deserved reputation as one of California’s most generous and compassionate philanthropists.”

Through the Sue J. Gross Foundation, and as past president of the Gross Family Foundation, Gross has long supported issues she cares deeply about with major financial gifts that have expanded quality health care services available to Orange County residents.

“I have long cared about supporting quality health care in Southern California, and particularly in my local community of Orange County. Hoag is one of the best and I know through personal experience. Not only have they treated my sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Joe Warpinski, but I myself and nearly all of my loved ones have also benefited from the extensive team of experts within the Hoag network,” said Sue Gross. “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused so much loss and trauma for so many and all the resources going toward the virus are clearly mission critical, but I also want to make sure that our every day health care needs remain available to Orange County residents, which is why I am pleased to support this center now and look forward to other health care initiatives that I plan to give to through my new foundation.”

Past gifts included one for $20 million to fund comprehensive women’s services at Hoag. Hoag renamed its women’s health care facility the Sue & Bill Gross Women’s Pavilion. For many years, it was the largest gift in Hoag’s history. Other gifts have included one that funded the Gross Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery, which is held by renowned oncoplastic surgeon Melvin J. Silverstein, M.D., medical director of the Hoag Breast Center.

About the Sally & Joseph Warpinski Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center

The Sally & Joseph Warpinski Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center treats patients from its location at Hoag’s Newport Beach campus. The center, which partners with Healogics™, was recently honored with the Center of Distinction Award for achieving outstanding patient outcomes for 12 consecutive months. With a healing rate of 98 percent and an average healing time that is six days faster than the national average, Hoag ranks among the top 25 percent of more than 500 Healogics wound care centers in operation nationwide. As one of only seven centers in the state to receive this distinction, Hoag has patient satisfaction scores higher than 95 percent.​

About Hoag Hospital Foundation

Thanks in large part to philanthropy, Hoag has become one of the nation’s finest health care 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 health care leader. Under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation launched Hoag Promise, Our Campaign to Lead, Innovate & Transform. With a goal of $627 million by 2020, the promise of the comprehensive Campaign is to drive Hoag’s continued clinical leadership, innovative spirit and transformative potential. Please visit www.HoagPromise.org.


Hoag is a nonprofit, regional health care delivery network in Orange County, California, that treats more than 30,000 inpatients and 480,000 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 nine health centers and 13 urgent care centers. Hoag has invested $261 million in programs and services to support the underserved community within the past five years, including areas like mental health, homelessness, transportation for seniors, education, and support for single mothers. 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 the 2020 - 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Rankings, Hoag is the highest ranked hospital in Orange County and the only OC hospital ranked in the Top 10 in California. For an unprecedented 23 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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