Mary and Dick Allen Diabetes Center
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Melinda and Chuck Smith, George Hoag Family Foundation

The George Hoag Family Foundation has longstanding ties to Hoag Hospital, as the founding benefactor, 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 Hospital through the years.

The Hoag Family Foundation, overseen by President, Melinda Hoag Smith and Executive Director, Chuck Smith, continues to support Hoag Hospital. The Foundation earmarked $1 million of a recent $16 million cancer-focused gift for the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center. The Smiths have also committed their time and talent to the Allen Diabetes Center. Melinda serves on the Allen Center Campaign Committee and Chuck serves on the Allen Center Oversight Committee.

“Hoag Hospital continues to be a significant community asset, and we believe in the hospital’s vision to expand its world-class health care services and become a regional center of referral for Southern California and beyond,” says Chuck. “Our Board is pleased to support the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center which we believe will advance new developments in the care and management of diabetes.”

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