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A Legacy of Giving

Julia & George Argyros Give Additional $7.5 Million Gift in Support of Nursing Excellence

The Hoag nurses who care for our patients every day play a significant role in Hoag’s commitment to serve
our community. Philanthropists Julia and George Argyros continued their support of nursing with an additional—and undeniably impactful—$7.5 million gift in 2020. Their generosity will help to further enhance Hoag’s nationally renowned nursing services.

“For many years, I have watched with great admiration as Hoag has used its resources to thoughtfully develop what is without question one of the nation’s finest nursing services,” said Julia Argyros. “Hoag’s nurses are incredibly talented, dedicated and compassionate.”

This transformative contribution from the Argyros family extends their legacy of giving and their deeply
important role in growing Hoag’s reputation as one of America’s leading health care providers. Since the 1980s, Julia and George Argyros have given tens of millions of dollars to Hoag to advance care in numerous areas, including cancer, diabetes, nursing and heart & vascular. This latest gift builds upon ongoing generous philanthropy directed to Hoag nursing, which now totals a remarkable $15 million. In recognition of the family’s long history of leadership giving, including a prior gift of $7.5 million in 2016, Hoag established the Julia Argyros Center for Nursing Excellence the same year.

Building on Generosity

Julia and George’s most recent gift allows Hoag to build upon the momentum of their earlier gifts, propelling our nursing services beyond our current capabilities while significantly broadening the reach of the Julia Argyros Center for Nursing Excellence. It also helps drive Hoag beyond generalized nursing to a comprehensive corps of nurse specialists, laying the groundwork for the next transformation of nursing at Hoag.

This gift elevates Hoag’s care by exponentially expanding advanced nursing education and strengthening Hoag’s ability to further increase its BSN rate and master’s level learning opportunities. To date, the Argyros’ support has provided scholarships to more than 1,300 Hoag nurses. As a result, 83.2% of Hoag nurses have received their Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degrees, and many have gone on to receive advanced degrees.

Due in large part to this focus on continued education, Hoag’s nursing services were once again redesignated for the prestigious Magnet® recognition in 2020. Awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the designation is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. Only 8% of U.S. hospitals achieve Magnet® recognition. Hoag is among only 3% who have achieved the distinction four times in a row.

Very Real Impact

Julia and George are further enabling Hoag nurses to provide the highest standards of evidence-based practice while delivering excellent patient care, benefiting our entire community.

“As a direct result of Julia Argyros’ extraordinary generosity and kindness, her name has become synonymous with Hoag’s commitment to nursing excellence,” said Flynn A. Andrizzi, Ph.D., president of the Hoag Hospital Foundation. “The enormity of the impact of her gifts is incalculable. It is safe to say that every nurse scholar at Hoag, and every patient and family member whose lives they touch, has good reason to be grateful to her. All of us at Hoag certainly are.”

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