Donors Give Another $7.5 Million to Newport Beach Nursing Program

Donors Give Another $7.5 Million to Newport Beach Nursing Program
Chen Cao (C) receives the first dose of a trial COVID-19 vaccine as administrator Dr. Philip Robinson (L) observes at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif., on Oct. 21, 2020. (Courtesy of Hoag Memorial Hospital)
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (CNS)—Local philanthropists Julia and George Argyros have given another $7.5 million to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian to enhance the hospital’s 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,” Julia Argyros said.

“Hoag’s nurses are incredibly talented, dedicated, and compassionate.”

The couple has given the hospital tens of millions of dollars since the 1980s. Hoag established the Julia Argyros Center for Nursing Excellence thanks to a $7.5 million gift in 2016.

The latest donation was announced on Nov. 23.

“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, 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.”

The hospital’s philanthropic arm has funded 1,300 nursing scholarships, helping 83.2 percent of the hospital’s nurses to receive bachelor of science degrees.

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