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$50 million gift to Hoag Hospital from Sun family

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian recently announced a $50 million gift from the Sun Family Foundation to serve as a catalyst for Hoag’s ongoing expansion that will usher in major new health care facilities, technology and treatment protocols for the residents of Orange County and beyond.

The gift – and the physical expansion and medical advancements it will help make possible – underscores Hoag’s emergence as a global destination for medical excellence, unparalleled service and patient-focused outcomes. “This remarkable gift from the Sun Family Foundation will enable Hoag to dramatically expand the breadth of outstanding health care services available to the Orange County community,” said Flynn A. Andrizzi, Ph.D, president of Hoag Hospital Foundation. “The Sun family’s generosity is a testament to the unique relationship Hoag enjoys with the community – and how, together, we can make Orange County stronger and healthier.”

“Our gift is no more important or meaningful than any other gift to Hoag, no matter the amount, if it comes from the heart and is made in the hope of helping others,” said David Sun, Kingston Technology’s chief operating officer, who co-founded the company with business partner John Tu. “Diana and I simply hope this gift will inspire others to give whatever they can, as Hoag increasingly assumes a leadership role nationally in providing innovative health care that saves lives.” Sun and Tu founded Fountain Valley-based Kingston Technology in 1987, several years after the duo started a technology company called Camintonn in a garage. When AST Research bought Camintonn, Sun and Tu came on board as division vice presidents. When the stock market crashed on Oct. 19, 1987, they lost everything.  Soon thereafter they founded Kingston Technology, today the top maker of memory products for computers and consumer electronics. Sun and Tu made international headlines in 1996 when they handed out $100 million to company employees after selling 80 percent of the company to Softbank. They bought it back in 1999; Kingston Technology grew over the years to become America’s largest private company, with operations in six countries, a 3,500-person workforce, and revenue in 2019 of nearly $13 billion.

“Hoag has a very special place in our hearts, to say the very least,” said Diana Sun, who is a former Board Member of the Hoag Hospital Foundation and serves on the Hoag Expansion Executive Committee. “Had it not been for the world-class specialists and care available right here in our community, my mother might not have survived her benign brain tumor several years ago. The care and compassion Hoag showed her – and our entire family – was incredible. David and I hope this gift will enable many, many more people to experience that care and compassion if and when they need it.” Between the Sun Family Foundation and the Kingston Technology Foundation, more than $52.3 million has been directed to Hoag.

Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals – Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which opened in 1952, and Hoag Hospital Irvine, which opened in 2010 – in addition to nine health centers and 14 urgent care centers. Hoag has invested $261 million in programs and services to support the underserved community within the past five years, including areas like mental health, homelessness, transportation for seniors, education, and support for single mothers. Hoag is a designated Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Hoag offers a comprehensive blend of health care services that includes six institutes providing specialized services in the following areas: cancer, digestive health, heart and vascular, neurosciences, women’s health, and orthopedics through Hoag’s affiliate, Hoag Orthopedic Institute, which consists of an orthopedic hospital and four ambulatory surgical centers. In the 2021-2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Rankings, Hoag is the highest ranked hospital in Orange County and the only OC hospital ranked in the Top 10 in California. For an unprecedented 23 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as one of the county’s best hospitals in a local newspaper survey.

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