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Hoag Receives $5M Donation from Sue Gross

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian said it has received a $5 million gift from philanthropist Sue Gross that will be used to significantly expand the scope of services at the Hoag Breast Center in Newport Beach.

“Many women I have known have bravely faced breast cancer, including my mother and two sisters,” Gross said in making her gift from the Sue J. Gross Foundation.

Hoag is renaming the center in Newport Beach the Sue J. Gross Comprehensive Breast Center, which is located within the Women’s Health Institute at Hoag.

Last month, Gross donated $1 million to the Hoag Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center in honor of her brother-in-law, Joseph Warpinski, who suffered a horrific wound and received lifesaving care at Hoag. The center was renamed the Sally & Joseph Warpinski Wound Healing & Hyberbaric Medicine Center.

Prior to these two gifts totaling $6 million, past gifts from Gross have included one for $20 million to fund comprehensive women’s services at Hoag. Hoag renamed its women’s health care facility the Bill & Sue Gross Women’s Pavilion. Another gift funded the Gross Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery, which is held by renowned oncologist Dr. Melvin J. Silverstein, medical director of the Hoag Breast Center.

Gross, whose wealth is an estimated $1.7 billion, was previously married to Bill Gross, co-founder of Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co., one of the world’s biggest money managers.

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Peter J. Brennan
Peter J. Brennan
Peter J. Brennan has been a journalist for 40 years. He spent a decade in Latin America covering wars, narcotic traffickers, earthquakes, and business. His resume includes 15 years at Bloomberg News where his headlines and articles sometimes moved the market caps of companies he covered by hundreds of millions of dollars. His articles have been published worldwide, including the New York Times and the Washington Post; he's appeared on CNN, CBC, BBC, and Bloomberg TV. He was awarded a Kiplinger Fellowship at The Ohio State University.
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