Hoag Hospital recently announced a $16 million gift has been received from the George Hoag Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in Santa Monica, California
The gift is the second largest in hospital history and will support Hoag Family Cancer Center and the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center
“Hoag Hospital is expanding to meet the growing health care needs of the region, and cancer and diabetes are certainly areas of focus with growing prevalence in our community,” said Richard Afable, M.D., Hoag president and CEO. “We are extremely grateful and proud to receive the continued support of the George Hoag Family Foundation, which has a tradition of commitment to the care and well-being of this community. Without the strong support of benefactors like the George Hoag Family Foundation, we would not be able to provide the highest-quality care Hoag is known for to our patients and the communities we serve.”
The $16 million gift is the largest single gift that the George Hoag Family Foundation has given to any organization and furthers the commitment of the foundation to support the provision of health care services to the southern California community.
“Hoag continues to be a significant community asset, and we believe in its vision to expand its world-class health care services and become a regional center of referral for all of southern California and beyond,” said Charles Smith, George Hoag Family Foundation executive director. “Our contribution is our way of helping make this vision a reality. We are pleased to provide support for Hoag that will help achieve continued successes in cancer care and also lead to great developments in the care and management of diabetes.”
The Patty & George Hoag Cancer Center is the primary beneficiary receiving $15 million of the gift. The George Hoag Family Foundation was instrumental in the building of the Patty & George Hoag Cancer Center, contributing the lead gift in 1989 for its construction. Since its opening in 1991, the Patty & George Hoag Cancer Center has developed an outstanding reputation as a top provider of cancer care, earning accolades on both a national and regional level for its excellence in cancer treatment and management.
In addition to supporting the Patty & George Hoag Cancer Center, $1 million of the gift will help fund the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center, which aims to ensure that all members of the community have timely access to expert diabetes prevention, care and education.
The George Hoag Family Foundation has long standing ties to Hoag, having provided the funds needed to begin construction of the hospital in 1950. The foundation was established by George Hoag, Sr., an early partner in the J.C. Penney Company, his wife, Grace, and their son George Hoag II, and has maintained a strong connection with Hoag through the years.