Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California, has announced a $7.5 million gift from Julia and George Argyros to expand nursing services and advance nursing education.
Longtime supporters of Hoag Memorial, the Argyroses have given tens of millions of dollars to the hospital since the 1980s to advance nursing as well as cancer, diabetes, and heart and vascular care. In 2016, the couple helped establish the Julia Argyros Center for Nursing Excellence with a gift of $7.5 million. To date, the center has awarded more than thirteen hundred scholarships to nurses at Hoag, with 83 percent having gone on to earn their bachelor of science in nursing degree and many having earned an advanced degree.
"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," said Julia Argyros. "Hoag's nurses are incredibly talented, dedicated, and compassionate."
"As a direct result of Julia Argyros' extraordinary generosity and kindness, her name has become synonymous with Hoag's commitment to nursing excellence," said Hoag Hospital Foundation president Flynn A. Andrizzi. "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."