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Underserved families will have expanded access to comprehensive health, mental, spiritual and other services provided by highly skilled experts at the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living.
Hoag Family Donates $5 Million for Melinda
Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living
Center provides ‘unique opportunity to address community needs,’ Melinda Hoag Smith says
Hoag of cials this fall announced a $5 million gift from its namesake family — the George Hoag Family Foundation — that will be used to signi cantly expand life-changing health and wellness programs and services provided to the community. In recognition and gratitude, Hoag is naming the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living.
Located on the Newport Beach campus, the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living is a unique collaborative endeavor comprising many of Orange County’s leading providers of health, mental and spiritual services to underserved individuals and families.
“With this major gift, the Hoag family has once again demonstrated its remarkable legacy of care and compassion,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag. “The programs and services this gift will make possible will give new hope to thousands of Orange County’s underserved residents.”
Speci cally, the Hoag Family Foundation gift will be used to expand the number of organizations represented at the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living, moving it closer to its goal of becoming a centralized, one- stop location for a wide array of community health services and programs.
“I’m so proud of Hoag Hospital for making this happen. I can’t think of another outcome I want more than health and wellness for everyone who walks in the doors,” said Melinda Hoag Smith.
The Center’s mission adheres to the familiar adage that there is strength
in numbers. Bringing together health and wellness organizations under a single roof, Center of cials explain, will create synergies and shared resources that will enable underserved families and individuals to receive holistic health and wellness services provided by a comprehensive network of experts
that includes doctors, nurses, spiritual leaders, and behavioral and mental health professionals.
“I see the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living as a unique opportunity to address several community needs in one location,” said
Melinda Hoag Smith, whose father, George Hoag, II, established the George Hoag Family Foundation with his parents, Grace and George G. Hoag, Sr.
Hoag Smith, the
Foundation’s president
and CEO, continued: “The
level of accessibility of key
services, from pediatric
dentistry to chemical
dependency and mental health, is very closely aligned with the Hoag Family Foundation’s 75-year mission to serve the most vulnerable by improving social conditions and promoting human welfare.
“It’s quite amazing that in the densely populated Newport Beach area, Hoag can dedicate space to co-locate our Community Bene t services with a very broad range of other agencies on behalf of the underserved.”
The Center for Healthy Living currently houses an impressive number of organizations that provide a comprehensive range of health and wellness services. They include:
• Hoag’s Mental Health Center and Pastoral Care programs
• The SOS Children and Family Health Center
• The Costa Mesa Family Resource Center, which works with a wide range of partner agencies including Human Options, Raise Foundation, Children’s Bureau, Girls Incorporated, MOMs, and Hoag
“The momentum that the Hoag family gift is building at the Center
is amazing,” Braithwaite said. “We look forward to welcoming new organizations and services in the coming months. Most of all, we’re excited by the opportunity to serve those in need in a setting that offers a unique combination of convenience, compassion, and quality health care and wellness programs.”
Dr. Gwyn Parry stands with Melinda Hoag Smith.

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