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2021 OC 50: Building Next-Gen Healthcare

Medical-related development plans are in overdrive in OC. Hospitals, medical centers, treatment centers and other related work are on the books here, and are expected to run multiple billions of dollars to build out over the coming decade or so. Don’t just expect more hospital beds to be built, expect new types of treatment too. Also, plan for new business clusters to emerge locally as a result of the investment and planning these execs are heading up.

ROBERT BRAITHWAITE
CEO, President
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Newport Beach
Born in Orange County
Lives in San Clemente

BIO: Head of Hoag’s entire healthcare network, including two hospitals and Hoag Orthopedic Institute, some 600 beds.

NOTABLE: Plans to vastly expand Irvine hospital campus, through $226M buy of existing facilities and excess land next to 405 freeway. Deal is expected to close in the next month. City filings indicate that land has the potential to hold more than a dozen new facilities on the campus, including a Women’s Hospital as well as a Digestive Health Hospital, among other medical buildings, support facilities and parking structures. Two-phased expansion could add 432,000 square feet to the Hoag campus, and increase the number of hospital beds there to 391.

ANNETTE WALKER
President
City of Hope Orange County
Irvine
Born in Pomona
Lives in Coto de Caza

BIO: Healthcare leader tapped to build City of Hope, Orange County, to incorporate 21st-century approach to treating and curing cancer. Planning massive hospital and research facility at Irvine’s Great Park Neighborhoods. $1B investment in the area. First part of that plan, a 190,000-square-foot comprehensive cancer center, is under construction and set to open next year. It will be joined by an adjacent specialty hospital, which is being built from the ground up, and is scheduled to open by 2025.

NOTABLE: Received a $50M gift from the charitable arm of homebuilder Lennar Corp. near end of March, to help move OC project ahead.

QUOTABLE: “We’re on fire about making sure the cancer center opens in 2022.” Says center is “on schedule and on budget” to open next August, with goal to bring whole-person and whole-family care to Orange County.

EMILE HADDAD
CEO, President
FivePoint Holdings LLC
Irvine
Born in Beirut, Lebanon
Lives in Laguna Hills (Nellie Gail)

NYSE: FPH

BIO: In charge of developing homes, communities and commercial space at Great Park Neighborhoods, at former El Toro Marine base in Irvine. California’s largest master-planned developer, with additional projects at L.A.’s Valencia development and pair of sites in Bay Area.

NOTABLE: Reimagining uses of land and buildings in and around company’s FivePoint Gateway office campus to be SoCal’s next big medical and healthcare hub. Expects collaborative effort, with new City of Hope campus acting as area’s first big anchor. The company envisions communities such as the Great Park Neighborhoods to be the way of the future, with residential components mixing with healthcare, entertainment and education to create a cohesive, live-work-play hub.

QUOTABLE: “If we can set an example to encourage others to join in this (City of Hope) collaboration, Orange County has a real chance of being one of the great places in the world in terms of innovation, life sciences and healthcare.”

CHAD LEFTERIS
CEO
UCI Health
Orange
Born in North Carolina
Lives in Orange

BIO: Oversees OC’s only academic medical center and all clinical and patient-serving operations. Also heads the overall UCI Health system, which includes UCI Medical Center, the area’s largest hospital, and more than a dozen outpatient research and specialty care centers throughout Orange County and portions of Riverside County.

NOTABLE: Plans moving ahead for $1B medical complex on land the school owns at the corner of Jamboree Road and Birch Street. Dubbed the UCI Medical Center Irvine-Newport, project to include an acute care hospital with emergency and surgery departments and an ambulatory care center. Will join the previously announced $221M UCI Health Center for Advanced Care planned nearby. All facilities, spanning about 800,000 square feet combined, are expected to receive patients in 2025.

QUOTABLE: The medical center will introduce specialty services to the region to “fulfill a need that was envisioned decades ago.”

MARK COSTA
Executive Director, Orange County service area
Kaiser Permanente
Anaheim
Born in Patterson
Lives in Rancho Palos Verdes

BIO: Helms Oakland-based nonprofit health enterprise with hospitals in Anaheim, Irvine, medical offices around county that serves nearly 600,000 members. Employs close to 8,000 full and part-time workers in Orange County, easily tops among OC hospitals.

NOTABLE: In late 2020, Kaiser Permanente spent $40M to buy a 10-acre site at portion of the Westminster Mall with plans to build a new medical office facility. The site is expected to become its third local hub, and its first OC medical property not situated within a larger campus. Timing for project hasn’t been disclosed.

QUOTABLE: Kaiser officials said preliminary proposals call for a phased construction of a “large medical office with primary and specialty care.” Forthcoming project will be “a huge win-win for us, our members and the larger community,” they tell the Business Journal.

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