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World-renowned City of Hope opens first Orange County facility in Newport Beach

City of Hope, a world-renowned research and treatment center for cancer, opens its doors on Monday, Jan. 27 at 1601 Avocado Ave. in the Fashion Island area. City of Hope brings the latest in personalized therapies, highly specialized physicians and nationally recognized compassionate care to local communities. It held a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

“We know that the best shot to fight cancer starts with best-in-class specialty care,” said Annette M. Walker, president, City of Hope Orange County. “For this reason, City of Hope made a promise to move into Orange County and provide our families, friends and neighbors the science that is saving lives. With the opening of our Newport Beach site, we launch a new era of cancer care in Orange County, delivering pioneering research and highly specialized care to our communities. This is what our patients asked us to do, and we are honored to answer the call.”

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(L-R) Representative Harley Rouda (D-CA), 48th District; Annette Walker, president, City of Hope Orange County and Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill at the grand opening on Tuesday, Jan. 21

City of Hope Newport Beach is a patient-centric, LEED-certified facility designed with stand-out features, including a calming environment, comfortable treatment bays for infusion and a patient resource center. Physicians and staff stand ready to provide City of Hope’s hallmark compassionate care throughout the cancer journey for patients and their families.

“We are excited to have a new partner who is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our community,” said Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill. “City of Hope will be an important health resource, making a difference in cancer care and prevention, and working toward eradicating this terrible disease from our lives.”

World renowned City of Hope ribbon cutting

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City of Hope Newport Beach ribbon cutting ceremony

Recognizing that many types of cancer require specialists with highly focused knowledge, City of Hope Newport Beach’s physicians possess unique cancer expertise. Led by renowned lung and thoracic cancer specialist and medical oncology chair Ravi Salgia, M.D., Ph.D., the specialty team includes an internationally recognized researcher in multiple myeloma treatment, a pioneer in kidney and bladder cancer, one of the country’s leading experts and researchers on colorectal cancer, a surgeon focusing exclusively on breast surgery and aesthetic reconstruction, and a national thought leader in cancer patient education and prevention. 

“Each cancer is unique, which is why we assembled a roster of outstanding researchers and physicians who provide targeted treatments for specific cancer diagnoses,” said Dr. Salgia. “These clinician-scientists are among the best in their fields and are transforming laboratory breakthroughs into treatments to offer the best hope for our patients.”

Last year, City of Hope announced a plan to invest $1 billion to develop and operate a 21st century comprehensive cancer campus in Irvine and a network of care, of which Newport Beach is a part of, that will provide residents unprecedented access to leading-edge medicine. City of Hope leaders and volunteers are engaging the philanthropic community to help make this vision a reality. 

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Annette Walker and Vijay Trisal, F.A.C.S., M.D., chief medical officer City of Hope

The Irvine campus will be on 11 acres at FivePoint Gateway, housing a comprehensive clinical hub for specialized cancer care, phase 1-3 clinical trials, precision medicine, early detection and prevention programs, and more. Orange County’s first hospital dedicated exclusively to treating and curing cancer is planned for the Irvine site in 2025.

“As an Orange County resident and marathon runner, I considered myself too healthy to be sick,” said patient Kandace McMenomy. “When I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, I knew I wanted a leader in cancer care, which is why I turned to City of Hope for my treatment. Now, having these services closer to home will mean so much to all who are impacted by cancer. Today is a great day for our community.”

City of Hope is ranked one of America’s “Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California.