OC50 2023: Robert Braithwaite



WHY: Overseeing a billion-dollar building program at Hoag, which ranks No. 2 on the Business Journal’s annual list of the largest hospitals, reporting revenue climbed 8.2% to $1.36 billion for the year ended Sept. 30. Braithwaite has led the hospital system since 2013.

BY THE NUMBERS: Manages a system that has 1,800 physicians, 400 physician offices, 15 urgent care facilities, 10 health and wellness centers, seven specialty institutes and three hospitals. He also oversees the Hoag Hospital Foundation.

FUTURE PLANS: Hoag is planning to expand comprehensive care at its cancer centers in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Irvine from a total of 60,000 to 160,000 square feet. The expansion with the newest technology and processes is helping Hoag to recruit some of the world’s finest doctors from hospitals such as Baylor and Kettering Health, he said. “This whole system that is being developed for cancer allows us to attract some of the best physicians in the country.”

IN THEIR WORDS: Braithwaite likes to use a new phrase to describe what Hoag is doing—“privademics.” The idea is to combine the speed of the private sector with the talent of academic researchers. “When you look at the Mayo Clinic, they’ve brought together the private sector and academia,” he said. “The space between those two major categories is where Hoag is going.”

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