Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian | 100 great hospitals in America 2016

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian first opened its doors in 1952, but the idea to build a hospital in Newport Beach, Calif., dates back to 1944 when Rev. Raymond Brahams, seven Presbyterian church members and one physician formed a corporation called the Presbyterian Hospital of Laguna Beach. The group began fundraising, and with additional support from the Hoag Family Foundation, obtained enough funds to begin construction. When the hospital opened in September 1952, there were 75 beds, 68 staff physicians and 60 employees.

Today, the nonprofit regional healthcare delivery network consists of two acute care hospitals with a total of 527 beds, eight urgent care centers, six health centers and a network of more than 1,500 physicians, 5,000 employees and 2,000 volunteers. The hospital treats more than 25,000 inpatients and 369,000 outpatients each year.

The hospital has achieved Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian was named a Top Hospital by the Leapfrog Group in 2015 and one of the nation's 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades in 2015 and 2016. U.S. News & World Report also recognized the hospital for high performance in three specialties: gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics and gynecology.

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