Hoag Hospital Irvine (HHI) in Irvine, California, has unveiled its new 17,000-square-foot Benjamin & Carmela Du Emergency Pavilion, according to a release from a representative of HHI. The pavilion is described as a “state-of-the-art Emergency Department (ED)” that expands the original facility to nearly five times its size.
According to the release, the patient-centered design of the new ED offers the community greater access to emergency care, an enhanced patient experience, and increased care for complex patient conditions. The statement says the ED expanded by 13,500 square feet, which is now open to the public. The original 3,600-square-foot ED space will also undergo a renovation, with project completion expected in early 2019.
Hoag officials named the Emergency Department after Benjamin and Carmela Du, who contributed $5 million towards the renovation and expansion, the source says. The Benjamin & Carmela Du Emergency Pavilion at Hoag Hospital Irvine will include 32 private treatment rooms; two triage areas and four fast-track stations; private family consultation rooms; increased telemedicine through robotics for pediatrics, stroke, and other complex patient conditions; and processes to facilitate faster, more appropriate care including the treatment of minor injuries in “fast track” bays, according to the release.
A member of the Hoag Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, Benjamin Du was invited to tour the final phase of construction of the ED. He is quoted in the release as saying, “I saw a state-of-the-art emergency facility, and I thought it was very good for the area.” After bringing his wife Carmela back for a tour, the two agreed that Irvine and South Orange County would benefit from the new facility and the care it would provide.
In addition to the Du’s $5 million gift, philanthropic support for the expansion totals more than $8.5 million from community members, according to the release. The earliest donors to support the project were Missy Pace Callero and Chris Callero, who gave $1 million and David and Michelle Horowitz, who also gave $1 million. Other community members stepped forward with support including Daphne and Kai Liang, Jessica Liang Kim and Andrew Kim, David and Diana Sun, Pacific Life Foundation, and Allan and Sandy Fainbarg, the statement says.
Robert T. Braithwaite, Hoag president and CEO; and Marcy Brown, VP of Hoag Hospital Irvine and Ambulatory Services, were both present at the recent unveiling. In the release, Braithwaite is quoted as saying, “When you think about how far-reaching these families’ gifts will be to the community for years to come, it’s truly staggering. The generosity of the Dus and the others who’ve helped bring this to fruition is deeply appreciated, and the work done every day in this Emergency Department will be a testament to their spirit, their heart and their vision.”
According to the statement, daily visits to Hoag Irvine’s ED doubled in just a few short years. Irvine is home to more than 266,000 residents and 15,000 businesses, underscoring the need for an expansion of Hoag’s services.
See slideshow below for more photos of the pavilion and ceremony.