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OC500 2022 – INNOVATION: ANNETTE WALKER

PRESIDENT, CITY OF HOPE ORANGE COUNTY, IRVINE

Leader behind City of Hope’s comprehensive cancer campus and regional network moving ahead at FivePoint Gateway campus in Irvine; $1B project among OC’s most ambitious developments in recent years. Previously served as president of strategy for Providence St. Joseph Health, where she was instrumental in bringing together two noted health organizations to form the nation’s third-largest health system.

THEN: Nearly 20% of OC residents with cancer leave the county for advanced treatment, and nearly 4,000 travel outside the area to other City of Hope locations, including its campus in Duarte.

NOW: The City of Hope Lennar Foundation Cancer Center, running 190,000-square-foot, opened this year for patients, at office building that it purchased and converted to medical uses.

FUTURE: A separate, stand-alone specialty cancer hospital, running about 164,000-square-foot, is slated to open in 2025. The 73-bed facility would employ about 350 staff and physicians. All told, campus expects to employ about 650.

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