In an effort to strengthen healthcare options in Orange County, The Hoag Hospital Foundation has announced a new capital campaign that will bring approximately $1 billion in upgrades to Hoag’s existing facilities in Irvine.

Aptly named Boldly Hoag, the multi-hundred million dollar campaign was announced on Thursday, Nov. 10, will bring an expanded campus to the Hoag facilities on Sand Canyon Avenue, with half a dozen new buildings, 155 inpatient beds, and two new specialty hospitals — one for the Women’s Health Institute and one for the Hoag Family Cancer Center Institute and Digestive Health Institute.

The expansion also includes renovation of the existing campus, and the addition of 120,000 square feet of ambulatory facilities. In terms of funding, the Hoag Hospital Foundation has raised approximately $148 million, with a goal of $300 million by 2025.

Burton L. Eisenberg, MD, Grace E. Hoag Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair of the Hoag Family Cancer Institute, said once this project is complete, Hoag’s newly renovated Irvine campus will serve as a hub for medical research and a gateway for clinical trials.

“The Hoag expansion represents our continued commitment to our patients: to stay at the forefront of the most rapidly evolving medical specialties,” Eisenberg said.

Hoag’s Irvine campus is set to be named the Sun Family Campus in recognition of a $50 million donation from the philanthropic Orange County couple Diana and David Sun, who say they simply wish to inspire others with this generous donation.

“​​It’s no more important or meaningful than any other gift to Hoag, no matter the amount, if it comes from the heart and is made in the hope of helping others,” Mr. Sun, who is also the co- founder of Kingston Technology, said. “Diana and I simply hope our gift will inspire others to give whatever they can.”

Speaking on Hoag’s newly announced plans for expansion, Robert T. Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hoag said this project is symbolic of Hoag’s mission to provide the best level of healthcare.

“Hoag is elevating healthcare and wellness in Orange County by transforming our delivery of care to an integrated, specialized services-based model,” he said. “The benefits this expansion will bring to the communities we serve can’t be overstated.”

Rick Taketa, chair of the Hoag Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, echoed Braithwaite’s comments adding that this $1 billion project will continue to help evolve healthcare in Orange County.

“When I reflect on what Hoag has done for my family and our community, I am so grateful for our visionary philanthropic supporters. I could not be more excited about how this ambitious expansion will advance Hoag’s world-class health and wellness care right here in Orange County,” Taketa said. “I encourage everyone to support Boldly Hoag.”

Celebrating its 70 year anniversary, Boldly Hoag is Hoag’s is the medical group’s largest campaign to date.

Addressing the future of medical innovation in Irvine and across Orange County, President of the Hoag Hospital Foundation Flynn A. Andrizzi, PhD,  said this project was a monumental step forward for Orange County healthcare.

“Thanks to several visionary donors, the campaign is already garnering remarkable momentum and will enable Hoag to continue increasing access to innovative health care for more communities. Together, we can make Orange County stronger and healthier,” Andrizzi said.

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