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Neuroscience

Faith in Hoag and a VR “Sneak Peek” of Her Brain Surgery Put Rebecca Baker at Ease

“I tell everyone now whenever possible: Hoag is where you go if anyone you know needs brain surgery,” she said. “They must go see Dr. Louis at Hoag for a second opinion. It is so important.”

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Wellness

MS Took Away One Woman’s Confidence to Run. Hoag Health Center Foothill Ranch’s Lifestyle Program Gave It Back.

“The minute I met with my primary care physician and they prescribed me the program, the success started,” Corrie said. “From day one it’s been a supportive team. I love the workouts. I never thought I would say that.”

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Cancer

Two Generations of Urologic Cancer Patients Find Help and Hope at Hoag

“Finally, when I went to Dr. Yoshida, he understood my concerns. He was very knowledgeable and had many years of experience.”

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COVID-19 Patient Credits Hoag with Speedy Recovery

“The staff at Hoag was incredible. I saw how much work it was for them, the steps they had to take to get in and out of PPE [or personal protective equipment]. The gloves, the mask, face shield, gown. It was a lot of work for them,” he said. “They gave such great care.”

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Neuroscience

New Deep Brain Stimulation System Improves Quality of Life for Woman with Parkinson’s Disease

“Everyone there, when I go in, they go the extra mile,” she said. “I see Dr. Thakkar every three months, and he is very caring. When I need something, he takes care of it. I never worry about not being able to get a hold of him. I know that with him, I’ve got it covered.”

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After Two Painful Years, Spine Surgery Patient Gets ‘A New Lease on Life’

“I went from a bent-over old man to standing up straight like an old Marine,” said Coppock, 73. “I feel good and confident. I know I’m healed and repaired.”

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Heart & Vascular

Cardiac Patient Grateful for Hoag Staff’s ‘Heart’

“I thought my stents were clogged. I didn’t know my heart was worse,” he said. “I woke up in the recovery room, and I found out I got a cardiac defibrillator put in, and I just broke down, crying. I was the last person in the department, and Cyndi just pulled up a chair and held my hand. It was probably the end of her shift, but she said, ‘I can sit with you for a while. I am not going to leave you.’ There are no words that can describe how much that meant to me.”

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Cancer

ER Nurse Becomes Cancer Survivor at the Hospital She Trusts

“The whole team at Hoag Family Cancer Institute, most especially the nurse navigators, blew my mind,” she said. “Everyone was incredible. They truly care. I have felt so connected to every one of my doctors.”

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First Graduate of Hoag Lifestyle Program Determined to Reach His Goals

My main focus was to lose weight and feel my best again,” said Jim. “After knee replacement surgery, I struggled to get up and down without assistance. I made it my mission to be able to get down on one knee and stand back up on my own.

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Despite Pandemic, Mom Had Second Chance at Ideal Birth

“I’ve worked in medical practices before, and sometimes the day to day operations can cause employees to become desensitized to a patient’s anxious or worrisome feelings. At Hoag it’s not like that. They are always a top-notch facility, but in this situation, they were extra respectful of patients’ anxiety,” she said.

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