IRVINE — Though much was made of the medical care when Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian opened its Irvine campus this month, city leaders lauded another aspect of the new center: jobs.
Hoag's opening provided a different kind of shot in the arm to Irvine.
"As mayor in these down-turned economic times, one of the top priorities has been to enhance and create more job opportunities to boost Irvine's economy," Mayor Sukhee Kang said. "And Hoag bringing in 900 jobs certainly is a great asset to the community, not mention the added benefit of the high quality of the hospital."
Hoag opened its 154-bed hospital in the old Irvine Regional Hospital and Medical Center space earlier this month.
Demand for jobs was astronomical. About 100,000 applicants applied for the open positions.
When those positions were filled, about 40% were staff transfers, said Robert Braithwaite, chief administrative officer for Hoag Irvine.
Those transfers came from Newport Beach, which not only served to "help establish continuity in the Hoag culture at the Irvine facility," but also created job openings in Newport as well, he said.