Campus: CSU Long Beach -- June 04, 2003
Hoag Hospital Donations Benefit Nursing Program at Cal State
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach recently donated $300,000 to
the Nursing Department at Cal State Long Beach and pledged an additional $600,000
over the next two years for a trio of programs that includes resources to admit
more nursing students. The new pledge brings Hoag's support of the Nursing
Department to $1.8 million by 2005.
"Cal State Long Beach has had a wonderful partnership with Hoag Hospital for
many years," said CSULB President Robert C. Maxson. "This relationship
has flourished, especially during the last 10 years, thanks to the leadership of
Rick Martin, Hoag's vice president for patient care services and chief nursing
"With its generous funding," he added, "we believe that Hoag recognizes
our Nursing Department's national reputation for excellence and the fact that it is
not only one of the largest but also one the best programs in the state."
Hoag Hospital is funding one full-time faculty position for CSULB's Nursing Department
for three years, thus enabling the department to admit 12 more students to its basic
BSN program, and it will continue the support until those students graduate.
"Hoag is dedicated to providing opportunities to potential nursing students
through its partnership with CSULB," Martin explained. "By reducing the
wait time and offering more classes, we have a better chance of decreasing the
current nursing shortage."
A member of the department's advisory board since 1993, Martin was instrumental in
initiating CSULB's first distance education at Hoag Hospital in 1995 with an MSN
degree program for Family Nurse Practitioners. Since 1998, the department has had
three additional onsite programs—two for the BSN and another MSN degree in
"I want to express deep gratitude to Hoag Hospital's board of directors and the
hospital administration, especially Rick Martin, for their support" said Loucine
Huckabay, department chair. "Rick Martin chaired a committee responsible for
instituting major curricular changes in our nursing program. This helped our Nursing
Department to become more relevant and on the cutting edge in our profession."
Hoag, a 409-bed not-for-profit acute care hospital, is fully accredited by the Joint
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and is home to Centers of
Excellence in cancer, heart and vascular, orthopedics and women's health services.
It was Southern California's highest-rated, full-service acute care hospital in the 2001
Patients' Evaluation of Performance in California, the state's largest hospital survey
ever released to the public, and is one of only three large community hospitals in the
Pacific region to receive the Health Care Information Association's 100 Top Hospitals:
Regional Benchmark for Success Award, recognizing patient care and satisfaction.