Newport Coast philanthropists donate $1M to Hoag for research, advancement of treatments

Mohindar "Sandy" Sandhu and Harriet Sandhu.
Mohindar “Sandy” Sandhu and Harriet Sandhu, pictured at a gala for Girls Inc. of Orange County. The nonprofit is one of several that the Sandhus have donated to, including a recent $1M donation to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach.
(Courtesy of Harriet Sandhu)

A Newport Coast couple recently donated $1 million to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, just one donation of many contributions from the family for more than 20 years, according to hospital officials Thursday.

The most recent donation will be split between three funds: the Mohindar & Harriet Sandhu Kidney Cancer Research Fund, Mohindar & Harriet Sandhu Memory & Cognitive Disorders Excellence Fund and the Mohindar & Harriet Sandhu Cardiovascular Innovation Fund in hopes of benefitting treatment and research in kidney cancer, cognitive impairments like Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

“Cancer, cardiovascular diseases and memory and cognitive disorders impact so many in our communities,” said Dr. Flynn Andrizzi, president of the Hoag Hospital Foundation in a statement. “Sandy and Harriet’s gift is going to help Hoag change many lives for the better and for that we are so grateful. Their generosity is truly a testament to their dedication to helping others.”

Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.
(Raul Roa)

Mohindar “Sandy” Sandhu and Harriet Sandhu have lived in Newport Beach for at least 50 years.

Sandy Sandhu was born in Punjab, India, but made his way to the United States to further his education. Sandhu started a software company called SRS Technologies in 1970 and sold it in 2005, eventually turning his eyes on philanthropy. His wife, Harriet, comes from New Jersey but has lived in California for decades. The two met in 1986.

The Sandhus have also donated to Chapman University, the Orange County School of Arts and Oceana and a number of other charities and nonprofits throughout Orange County.

“I want our whole community — whoever Hoag serves — to get the best care possible and that’s what why we donate to it,” said Harriet Sandhu in a call Thursday. “That’s it. We like Hoag; it’s a wonderful hospital. We want that care for everyone in Orange County and nearby communities, so whoever goes to them.”

Sandhu said her husband, Sandy, has received treatment at Hoag for cancer at least three times now and that the family’s never gotten anything but good care from the doctors and nurses.

“They always treat people with respect and they are very helpful and take care of people,” said Sandhu. “It’s a wonderful hospital. I have nothing but good things to say about them. That’s our hospital.”

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