Hoag Du Family Hospital Pavilion

Du Family Makes $25 Million Gift to Boldly Hoag Campaign to Support Hoag’s Expansion

Philanthropists Carmela and Ben Du

Scheduled to open in 2026, Hoag’s reimagined Sun Family Campus in Irvine will be built around the Du Family Hospital Pavilion in honor of a generous $25 million gift from longtime philanthropists Ben and Carmela Du. The pavilion will sit at the heart of the Irvine campus, welcoming patients and visitors to Hoag’s $1 billion expansion project.  

The Du family joins Diana and David Sun, the Pacific Life Foundation, and other visionary donors in Hoag’s philanthropic community fueling a greater, more empowered health care future for all through the Hoag Hospital Foundation’s ambitious Boldly Hoag campaign. With more than $180 million raised toward the project, the Boldly Hoag campaign is about more than new buildings; it’s about redefining what comes next for Hoag patients, staff, the community, and health care more broadly.     

While residents of Newport Beach, Ben and Carmela have long felt that supporting Hoag’s expansion in Irvine was a logical choice. “The campus is central to more communities. We feel it’s important that Hoag is expanding its reach. We are honored to be involved and to support the Irvine area and other growing South County communities,” Ben said. Ben and Carmela’s daughter Lizette and two granddaughters share in the family’s excitement about what this legacy of giving will mean for patients and the community.    

Of Ben and Carmela’s incredibly generous gift, Robert Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag, said, “The Du family’s extraordinary vision and dedication has improved and will continue to improve access to the highest-quality care throughout Orange County for generations to come. The Du Family Hospital Pavilion will stand as a beacon to a campus where visitors’ health care needs are met by innovative, comprehensive, and holistic programs. It is appropriate that this sweeping transformation in health care will bear the names of visionary benefactors like Ben and Carmela.”    

When complete, the expanded campus will include substantial renovations to existing facilities alongside new state-of-the-art specialty care centers for surgical innovation, women’s health, cancer, and digestive health, in addition to a dedicated urgent care for cancer patients. The expansion will bring six new buildings, 155 inpatient beds, eight operating rooms, two additional procedure rooms, and 120,000 square feet of ambulatory facilities to the Sun Family Campus.    

Ben, Carmela, and the entire Du family hope their gift will inspire others to join them in supporting Hoag and increasing access to the most advanced, comprehensive care to residents across Orange County.


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