From the Duffield Family to Hoag’s Family: Grateful Hearts All Around

Through multiple generations, the Duffield family has been deeply connected to the “Heart of Hoag,” whether it was helping create the remarkable Hoag Classic golf tournament or, as Terry Duffield once did, serving as a nurse there. Family members, from left: Chase and Kelly Rief with children Marshall and Milly; Travis Duffield; Terry and Marshall “Duffy” Duffield; and Tyler and Brianna Duffield with children Peter and Peyton.

The “Heart of Hoag” has touched thousands of families through the decades — and the Duffield family of Newport Beach proudly counts itself among them. Numerous members of the family entered the world at Hoag, and the hospital helped save the life of one of them — not once, but twice.

“Hoag is quite a spectacular asset for Orange County,”

says Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, Jr., who has served on the Newport Beach City Council since 2014 and is known around the world as the founder of the beloved Duffy Electric Boats, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. “It has become such a fabulous, world-class facility.”

All three of Duffield’s and his wife, Terry’s, children were born at Hoag, as were two of the couple’s four grandchildren. Meanwhile, Duffield credits Hoag with nothing less than saving his life two times.

Two decades ago, he suffered a heart attack while bicycling with friends. A nonsmoker who regularly exercises and is mindful of his diet, Duffield says the health scare came out of the blue and was ultimately attributed to the fact that his body produces an unusually high amount of artery- blocking plaque.

After initial treatment at another hospital, Duffield was transferred to Hoag, receiving what he called “unbelievable care.” Then, five years ago, another heart attack struck, and this time he was taken directly to Hoag.

“I’ll never forget what Dr. (Richard) Haskell told me,” Duffield says with a smile, recalling the care he received from the acclaimed Hoag cardiologist. “He said, ‘I’m here for you now, so you can die from something else.’”

Those up-close-and-personal encounters were hardly the first time the Duffield family had experienced Hoag’s nationally acclaimed culture of expert care and compassion. In addition to multiple family member births there, Terry Duffield worked as a nurse at Hoag during the 1970s.

“I’ll never forget what Dr. (Richard) Haskell told me,” Duffield says with a smile, recalling the care he received from the acclaimed Hoag cardiologist. “He said, ‘I’m here for you now, so you can die from something else.’”

To be sure, Hoag has been an inseparable presence — and in turn has left an indelible mark — in Duffy Duffield’s life, going all the way back to 1959 when he was 7 years old and his family moved to Newport Beach from Los Angeles County. Some of his earliest boyhood memories are of his father, Marshall Duffield, Sr., working diligently to raise funds for the then-young hospital.

“As a kid, I watched my father work tirelessly for the hospital,” Duffield recalls. A major motivating factor for Duffield, Sr.’s advocacy on behalf of Hoag was when Duffy’s mother was stricken with breast cancer and received excellent care at Hoag.

Duffield, Sr. — a hugely successful businessman and a celebrated All-American college quarterback who led USC to a surprise Rose Bowl victory in 1930 — dived into the task of raising money for Hoag with abandon.

“Duffield just loved raising money for Hoag,” he says. But his father’s involvement didn’t end with persuading others to give generously. An avid, and well-connected golfer, in 1975, he teamed with his good friend, legendary entertainer Bing Crosby to sponsor the annual Crosby Southern Pro-Am tournament, with proceeds going to Hoag. Today the tournament is known as the Hoag Classic. Through the years the prestigious, internationally broadcast event has raised more than $21 million that has benefited Hoag and local charities.

“It was a huge success and raised a lot of money for Hoag in a way they hadn’t done before,” Duffield says. For good measure, his father played a seminal role in the 1970s as a leader of the “Freeway Fighters,” a group of citizens who successfully scuttled plans for the proposed Newport Coast Freeway. Had the pro-freeway forces prevailed, Hoag’s Newport Beach campus would have been razed to make way for one of the freeway’s major interchanges.

Now, as a community leader who grew up in Hoag’s backyard, Duffield says Orange County is extremely fortunate to have a world-class health care leader that is there whenever, and wherever, residents need the outstanding services it offers.

“I’m certainly grateful for Hoag and everything it has meant to me and my family,” he says, adding: “As a community, I believe we need to do everything we can to help, encourage and support Hoag.”

He Turned a Tragic Accident Into Lifesaving Lessons

Since 1979, Hoag has been on a mission to educate the community about beach and water safety, and “wipeout” spinal cord injuries. The Project Wipeout program now counts among its champions Jason Yokobosky, a renowned surf photographer and former expert body boarder. Yokobosky’s life and Hoag intersected in September of 2019 when he suffered a spinal cord injury off the Orange County coast. After receiving outstanding care from Vik Mehta, M.D., a neurosurgeon at the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag, Yokobosky agreed — at Dr. Mehta’s suggestion — to use his experience and knowledge to help others.

“I made a lot of bad decisions that day,” Yokobosky says, including getting back in the ocean even after he had injured himself, but before the true extent of his injuries was apparent. “I shouldn’t have gotten back into the water, and I shouldn’t have driven myself to the hospital. This is exactly what people need to see and hear. If one person can remember this story and not go back in the water, that would be incredible. I think Project Wipeout is brilliant. To be a part of it is incredible.”

Jason Yokobosky uses his difficult life lesson to teach others about water safety.

Kaboom! Just Like That, a Playground for Underserved Children Appears

Building a park for underserved Orange County children in a single day can in turn build up a powerful hunger and thirst among volunteers charged with the task. Knowing this, Hoag staff not only volunteered for the build but also provided much-appreciated food, water and beverages for more than 250 volunteers who assembled the sparkling new playground at the Oak View Community Center in Huntington Beach.

The playground build was a joint effort coordinated by a national organization called Kaboom! Guided by the motto, “Play matters for all kids,” Kaboom! helps communities throughout North America build fun and creative playgrounds by bringing together community organizations, private businesses and armies of volunteers. The efforts are focused on underserved neighborhoods and communities.

Hoag staff lend their support to a local playground build.

Fore! Hoag Classic Tees up Critical Funds for Patient Care

The Hoag Classic is called that for a very good reason: For decades, the Hoag Classic has served as a remarkable fundraiser for the hospital’s renowned services. In particular, the event — which takes place this year from March 4 to 8 — has raised millions for lifesaving research and treatment programs at the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag. The Hoag Classic is an official part of the PGA TOUR Champions and has raised more than $21 million of the $3 billion raised to date by the various PGA Tour charity tournaments held across the nation.

“While the Hoag Classic each year welcomes golf’s most beloved players, the real stars are the thousands of individuals who volunteer their time to make it all possible,” says Robert T. Braithwaite, Hoag’s president and CEO. “Without their dedication and passion, the event simply wouldn’t be the success it is. We owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.” Braithwaite also noted the integral role played by the event’s sponsors, who annually number more than 200.

“When Hoag opened its doors nearly 70 years ago, our founders envisioned a community-focused hospital that would provide world- class services to serve those in need in Orange County,” Braithwaite continued. “The Hoag Classic was designed for the very same purpose — to benefit the local community in part by supporting Hoag’s mission, as Orange County’s trusted health care partner, to be a champion for residents’ good health and wellness.”

Kirk Triplett holds his trophy after winning the 2019 Hoag Classic. The annual tournament has raised $21 million to benefit lifesaving research and treatment programs.

Thank You, Orange County

In ways almost too numerous to count, residents have embraced Hoag as Orange County’s health care leader since 1952. But here are a few numbers that help make that fact perfectly clear.




and has raised more than $21 million for Hoag’s programs and services.



on the West Coast at Hoag Health Center Foothill Ranch



in programs and services to the underserved community within the past five years.



in the nation to complete more than 15,000 robotic surgeries




for Heart Care and Obstetrics by Women’s Choice Awards®



to offer phase one clinical trials for cancer treatment

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