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Choose Nursing, Choose Hoag Annual Luncheon

Honoring Hoag Nurses and the Donors that Support Them

The Hoag Hospital Foundation awarded the Crean Family Foundation with its Choose Nursing, Choose Hoag Hall of Fame award at the annual Choose Nursing, Choose Hoag luncheon held on November 14, 2017 at the Balboa Bay Resort. Over 300 donors, nurses and physicians, along with academic and corporate partners, recognized and celebrated Hoag nurses and the donors who support them.

“We proudly recognize the Crean Family Foundation for their generous commitment to establish the Crean Nursing Education Fund with the goal of empowering Hoag nurses to achieve their educational goals, take on advanced clinical roles, broaden their skill sets, mentor new Hoag nurses and advance patient care through evidence-based best practices,” said Rick Martin, Ed.D., M.S.N., R.N., senior vice president of Clinical Operations and chief nursing officer at Hoag.

In 2013, 30 percent of Hoag nurses had a BSN or higher degree. “Today, thanks to our generous donors who’ve funded 1,900 scholarships, 73 percent of Hoag nurses now have a BSN or higher degrees,” reported Flynn F. Andrizzi, Ph.D., president, Hoag Hospital Foundation. “This achievement is due to Rick Martin’s extraordinary leadership as well as philanthropic leadership from the Crean family, Julia and George Argyros and our collective community of donors.”

A highlight of the event was a conversation between Karen Linden, chair of Hoag Hospital’s Board of Directors, and Mai Do, BSN, RN, a recipient of the Sandy Sewell Oncology Nursing Scholarship made possible by Circle 1000. Mai shared her emotional journey of losing her father to lung cancer, arriving in the United States as a Vietnamese refugee and finding great satisfaction in her 20-year career as an oncology nurse at Hoag Family Cancer Institute.

 “My education made it possible for me to take on a leadership role in applying evidence-based practices for my patients and their families,” Mai said. “I am the shoulder they cry on, the one who celebrates with them and the one who holds their hand as they take their last breath. I could not do all of this without the higher education you made possible and I’m not done yet.”

Mai completed her BSN Nursing degree at Vanguard University in June 2017. In January 2018, she will begin her studies to earn her FNP. She took the opportunity to thank Choose Nursing, Choose Hoag donors as well as her hospital leadership and her fellow nurses for creating a transparent and progressive culture.

This year, 312 Hoag nurses received donor-funded scholarships to earn BSN, MSN, FNP/Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctoral level degrees. 

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