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Choose Nursing, Choose Hoag Luncheon 2016

On November 9, 2016, nearly 200 donors, nurses and physicians along with academic and corporate partners gathered at the annual Choose Nursing, Choose Hoag luncheon to recognize and celebrate Hoag nurses and the donors who support them.

This year, Hoag moved closer to its goal of 80 percent of nurses with advanced degrees to meet the federal mandate by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) that will require that ratio by 2020 to maintain Magnet Status.

“Last year, 48 percent of Hoag nurses obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or higher,” said Rick Martin, Ed.D., M.S.N., R.N., senior vice president of Clinical Operations and chief nursing officer at Hoag. “Thanks to your generous support, more than 450 Hoag nurses seeking advanced degrees pushed us up to 61 percent, a 25% increase in the last two years.”

Flynn F. Andrizzi, Ph.D., president, Hoag Hospital Foundation, credited these accomplishments to donors who joined with Julia and George Argyros and the Crean Family Foundation to not only increase the number of scholarships awarded, but also to triple the amount of each award.

“To give you some context, from 2007 to 2012, Hoag granted 216 donor-supported scholarships of $2000 per person, per year,” said Flynn. “From 2013 through fiscal year 2016, which ended on June 30, Hoag has given more than 1,600 donor-funded scholarships and bumped up the award to $6000 per person, per year.”

Earlier this year, Hoag unveiled the Julia Argyros Center for Nursing Excellence seal to honor Julia and George for their cumulative giving of $10 million to the nursing scholarship program. Their gift represents the largest gift to nursing in Hoag history. The seal is displayed throughout Hoag campuses, including Hoag Newport Beach, Hoag Hospital Irvine and Hoag Health Center in Huntington Beach.

The Argyros’ were represented at the annual luncheon by Wendy Hales and her colleagues from the Argyros Foundation.

2016 Choose Nursing, Choose Hoag Donor Hall of Fame

Jim Newkrik, who was inducted into the Choose Nursing, Choose Hoag Donor Hall of Fame in 2015, got the opportunity to introduce his good friend and the former Chair of Choose Nursing, Choose Hoag, Jim Coufos.

Jim Coufos thanked his wife, Viki for her support and council and commended Doug Meece, current chair of the Choose Nursing, Choose Hoag committee as well as Rick Martin for their leadership and friendship.

“In this room are the true Hall of Famers,” he said, encouraging Hoag nurses in attendance to stand and be recognized. “This has been a great honor. Thank you.”

In 2004, Hoag Hospital Foundation established the Choose Nursing, Choose Hoag committee to raise awareness and funds in support of nursing excellence at Hoag. Since inception, Choose Nursing, Choose Hoag has helped the foundation to raise more than $30 million in philanthropic support for continuing education, training, scholarships and professorships.


Click here to view a video featuring a conversation between philanthropist Julia Argyros and Hoag nurse scholarship recipients. 

To view photos from the event, Click here

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