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Jeffery M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute Unveiled

Newport Beach, Calif. (March 26, 2014) — Hoag Hospital Foundation unveiled the newly-renamed Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach on Tuesday, March 25th, at a gathering of Hoag donors and supporters. The renaming of the institute honors the unprecedented generosity of the late Jeffrey Carlton who donated an irrevocable estate gift to Hoag last year, currently valued at $53 million.

Robert Braithwaite, Hoag president and CEO, called Mr. Carlton’s generosity “transformational”. “This gift – the largest in Hoag’s history – will improve the lives of people in Orange County and around the globe and we are deeply grateful,” said Braithwaite.  “The first $15 million of the funds are being used to advance care and ensure Hoag’s continued status as a leader in innovative cardiovascular diagnosis and treatment.”

“Unveiling the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute is a meaningful celebration that marks the beginning of how Mr. Carlton’s gift will change Hoag and improve countless lives throughout our community,” stated Flynn A. Andrizzi, Ph.D., Hoag Hospital Foundation president and Hoag senior vice president. “Thanks to philanthropy, we will further differentiate ourselves by ensuring excellence and improving the lives of patients who come to us from all over the world.”

During the event, the first-ever Jeffrey M. Carlton Endowed Fund for Cardiac Non-Invasive Imaging and Heart Valve Care in honor of Dr. Pravin M. Shah was announced.  The creation of this endowed fund recognizes and thanks Pravin M. Shah, M.D., medical director of Hoag’s Nancy & Bill Thompson Heart Valve Center, Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging, and Academic Programs, for his leadership and allows for the on-going recruitment of individuals to lead clinical innovation.

A world-renowned medical leader and widely regarded as the “father” of modern echocardiography, Dr. Shah has profoundly affected the development and direction of the cardiovascular program at Hoag. Recruited in 1999, Dr. Shah co-launched a pioneering collaboration that established Hoag as one of the top mitral valve repair centers on the West Coast. His work was a catalyst for the development of the Nancy & Bill Thompson Heart Valve Center, established in 2006.

Dr. Shah has served as the Master of Cardiology in residence to staff cardiologists, cardiac anesthesiologists and technical staff, raising the level of cardiac non-invasive diagnostic imaging and cardiac care for the community.  Recognized as a gifted teacher and designated as Master in Cardiology by the American College of Cardiology, his reputation and body of work have given the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute a national presence in cardiac policy decision-making and helped determine the standards of care for all patients.

Dr. Shah expressed his gratitude for Mr. Carlton and shared what his father once told him, “always be kind to strangers you never meet, for a stranger you never meet may profoundly effect your life. Mr. Carlton’s gift will transform the future of healthcare for our community and impact so many people far into the future.”

According to Mike Buxton, trustee of the Jeffrey M. Carlton Estate and current president of Press Forge, “Jeff was very caring about the people around him and he would be very pleased to know that his gift to Hoag is going to touch the lives of so many in such a positive way.”

About the Hoag Hospital Foundation

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 healthcare leader. The Foundation builds lifelong relationships with donors, raises funds and dedicates its resources to further advance the needs of Hoag and those it serves. Under the direction of a dedicated and volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation conducts campaigns and programs that generate more than $40 million per year in gifts and pledges.

About Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

Hoag is an approximately $1 billion nonprofit, regional health care 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 five urgent care centers. 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 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. In 2013, Hoag entered into an affiliation with St. Joseph Health to further expand health care services in the Orange County Community. Hoag has been named one of the Best Regional Hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report Metro Edition. National Research Corporation has endorsed Hoag as Orange County’s most preferred hospital for the past 18 consecutive years and, for an unprecedented 18 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as the county’s best hospital in a local newspaper survey. Visit www.hoag.org for more information.

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