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ROBERT BRAITHWAITE

CHIEF EXECUTIVE, PRESIDENT, HOAG MEMORIAL HOSPITAL PRESBYTERIAN

DAY JOB: Head of Hoag’s entire healthcare network, including two hospitals and Hoag Orthopedic Institute, some 600 beds. Ranks the second largest on the Business Journal’s annual list of hospitals, reporting $1.1 billion in annual revenue, nearly 6,300 employees.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Treated first coronavirus patient in the state, in January. The hospital said it has “a world-class infection prevention team leading our efforts” treating coronavirus. This effort includes education, training and drills to properly screen and isolates patients for infectious conditions. Told Business Journal in May that it was “prepared to protect our patients, physicians, clinical care providers and all employees from the spread of infectious disease. Like many other hospitals, we care for patients with infectious diseases as a matter of course.”
NOTABLE: Making plans to expand Irvine hospital campus, through $226 million buy of existing facilities and excess land next to 405 freeway. Also making plans to go it alone; looking to end affiliation with Providence, lawsuit filed in early May argues that
Hoag needs more local autonomy.
QUOTABLE: In May began reopening hospitals to allow for non-emergency procedures. “We are starting to see a few individuals that are delaying their [emergency] care needs because of concerns around contracting COVID, where we’ve had some individuals actually have more serious conditions like a stroke or heart attacks, and they just delay.”
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