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Heart of Hoag
December 2016
Since of cially opening in May 2016, the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living has become a national model for comprehensive, integrated community-focused health and wellness programs and services for all ages.
Wearing Our Hearts on Our Sleeves ... Proudly
Hoag’s Community Benefit Program has funded a wide array of health and wellness services that have improved the lives of tens of thousands of residents.
Caring for lives, one at a time.
Ask pretty much anyone at Hoag to describe the mission of the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living, and in a nutshell, that’s what they’ll tell you. To a person, we are dedicated to caring for and improving the lives of Orange County’s underserved men, women and children.
The Center, while still in its infancy, is growing quickly. Already, it has become a unique resource that is touching many lives by integrating in one location more than 15 agencies that, collectively, comprise a holistic approach to serving the community’s physical and emotional health and well-being.
With services ranging from mental health counseling, to food distribution, to pastoral care, to family services, to brain aging care and more, the Center is well on its way to becoming a national model of effective community service.
Many years ago, Margaret Mead, the renowned cultural anthropologist and author, wrote: “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”
Day in and day out, the caring men and women at the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living, and the philanthropists who help support it, bring that truism to life, as they pursue their passion to provide at-risk and underserved residents with access to world-class health care, education and vital community services.
The Center may be relatively young, but Hoag’s history of providing life-changing programs and services to Orange County’s underserved residents is anything but. In just the past six years, the Community Bene t Program has allocated more than $258 million to more than 60 community organizations, programs and services that focus on Orange County’s at-risk and underserved populations.
This issue of Heart of Hoag shines a light on just a few ways these efforts are touching lives in the community. You’ll read about Rocio Valencia Vega, LCSW, whose passion to help others led her to her dream job at the Mental Health Center. In another story, you’ll learn how Hoag is using yoga classes to improve the physical and emotional health of the community. Read further to learn how the Center is partnering with the Council on Aging – Orange County to offer classes to seniors on a range of critical topics, including managing complex health insurance claims and navigating the maze of Social Security and Medicare.
We hope when you’re  nished reading this issue, you’ll think, “Boy, Hoag sure wears its heart on its sleeve.”
For us, that would be the ultimate compliment.
Robert T. Braithwaite
President and Chief Executive Of cer
Gwyn P. Parry, M.D.
Director, Community Health and Community Bene t Program

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