Digestive Health Institute
Fundraising Priorities


The development of Hoag’s newest institute unites a committed team of the best clinical minds in digestive health in the nation. With the help of philanthropy, they are working together to build an innovative model of digestive health care unlike anything available in Orange County.


For more information on these giving opportunities and others in support of the Digestive Health Institute, contact Garrett Aanestad, Director of Development, Digestive Health Institute, at (949) 764-7215 or Garrett.Aanestad@hoag.org.


Gastrointestinal (GI) Lab

The Hoag GI Lab is a state-of-the-art facility with technologically advanced equipment for the detection, diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. Hoag is expanding GI services within the Lab to include five new treatment rooms equipped with the latest technology. A gift to name the GI Lab will facilitate an innovative space renovation, provide for advanced clinical training and acquire the leading-edge technology and equipment needed to expand critical services. Additional naming opportunities within the GI Lab are also available.

Named Innovation Funds

Named Innovation Funds for the Digestive Health Institute will ensure a comprehensive program infrastructure to address every aspect of digestive health care. This includes a coordinated system of registered dietitians, nurse navigators, social workers and mental health professionals working alongside Hoag’s specialized, multidisciplinary physician team. The impact of comprehensive, patient-focused programs and services for digestive disorders in Orange County will be substantial for patients and their families.

Endowed Chairs

Hoag’s Endowed Chair Program not only enhances Hoag’s reputation, it also positions the institution to attract renowned clinicians and experts. Supporting exceptional clinical and administrative leadership is fundamental to the continued growth and development of the Digestive Health Institute. Funds from endowed chairs empower leaders to drive program development, conduct groundbreaking research, implement new strategies and engage in other activities that enhance patient care and the Institute overall.

Endowed chairs are available in the following areas:

·        Pancreatic-Biliary Gallbladder

·        Advanced Endoscopy

·        Inflammatory Bowel Disease

·        Liver Program

Digestive Health Nurse Navigator

Hoag’s comprehensive program includes dedicated nurse navigators who assist patients through every aspect of a complicated diagnosis. In addition to helping patients and their families understand the diagnosis and treatment options, nurse navigators coordinate physician visits, address dietary and other concerns, help patients navigate the health care system and connect them to resources for social support.

Digestive Health Registered Dietitian

Hoag Digestive Health Institute’s dietitians work with patients to achieve and maintain optimum health. This includes providing a tailored nutrition intervention plan that incorporates the patient’s clinical data, nutritional intake, socioeconomics and lifestyle to ensure a feasible and nutritionally adequate plan to manage GI symptoms and optimize quality of life.

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