Biz News: Hoag opens sarcoma program

Hoag Hospital has announced the launch of Orange County’s first comprehensive Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Program for those battling the rare and complex form of cancer, according to a news release.

The Hoag Sarcoma Program, in alliance with Keck Medicine of USC, is led by Dr. Nader Nassif, a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in orthopedic oncology; Executive Medical Director of Hoag Family Cancer Institute Dr. Burton Eisenberg; Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair and Professor of Clinical Surgery Keck School of Medicine of USC Grace E. Hoag, a board-certified surgical oncologist with specialty in sarcoma.

“Sarcomas are a rarity, so it’s important to be treated by doctors with the experience and knowledge to approach these complicated cancers,” Nassif said in the release. “Patients need expert care and a team approach, which the Hoag Sarcoma Program offers.”

Sarcoma is a family of cancers that develops from the connective tissue of the body, including bone, muscle, blood vessels, nerves and fibrous tissues. Because of the rarity and complexity of the disease, only the largest academic cancer centers in the country offer clinical trials in sarcoma.

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Slapfish expanding with four news spots

Huntington Beach-based Slapfish plans to expand with four new stores in 2015, including one in University Center, near the UC Irvine campus in May.

The seafood restaurant will also open a store in Maryland in May, another at the Los Angeles International Airport in June and one at another L.A. location at an undetermined date, according to a news release.

Chef Andrew Gruel said the new locations advance his mission to make sustainable seafood available worldwide, he said in the release.

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Quick Bridge Funding expands to Irvine

Orange County-based Quick Bridge Funding is moving to new headquarters in Market Place Center in Irvine.

Previously located in Orange, the company has increased its physical footprint to 17,000 square feet at 410 Exchange, Suite 150 in Irvine, according to a news release. In addition, the company opened an East Coast satellite office in New York City.

The Orange County Business Journal recognized Quick Bridge Funding as the fastest growing mid-sized company in 2014, the release states. The firm currently employs 94 with plans to expand its workforce.

“We’re thrilled with the growth and expansion of Quick Bridge Funding. It’s an exciting time to be in the business-to-business alternative lending space and we’re working hard to stay ahead of our industry’s strong growth curve,” said CEO and President Ben Gold in the release. “The additional space will allow us to continue to invest in our people and technology infrastructure.”

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CommerceWest recognized for premier performance

Irvine headquartered CommerceWest Bank was recognized as a 2015 Super Premier performing bank by The Findley Reports for the third consecutive year, according to a news release.

Findley Reports has recognized the financial performance of banking institutions in the western United States for 50 years.

The Findley Reports rank all banks to provide banking industry insight. Since the 1960s, they published their list starting with Premier performing banks, in the 1970s they added Commendable banks meeting three out of four performance criteria and then Super Premier banks achieving a higher level of performance.

“Our team is honored to be recognized as a Super Premier performing bank for three consecutive years,” said CommerceWest CEO in the release. “We remain focused on maintaining our solid performance, executing our strategic goals for 2015 and providing more small and medium businesses with a unique experience that can only be found at CommerceWest Bank.”

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Newport finance group joins HighTower

The Bahnsen Group of Newport Beach is joining HighTower as its ninth California-based financial advisor team and 13th West Coast practice.

Bahnsen’s Managing Directors and partners David L. Bahnsen and Brian T. Szytel are bringing an eight-person team and approximately $750 million in assets to HighTower from Morgan Stanley, according to a news release.

Bahnsen provides financial planning and investment management services to high net-worth individuals and families.

“David leads an elite advisory practice on a phenomenal growth trajectory. The caliber of his team reflects the discriminating process we use for selecting advisors to join the HighTower membership,” said National Director, Enterprise Development Michael Parker in the release. “We take great pride in upholding the highest standards in our industry and the Bahnsen Group is a superb addition to our community.”

Bahnsen, who also serves as the team’s chief investment officer, appeared on Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors by State list (2014, 2015), the Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisers (2015) and on Wall Street’s Top 40 Advisors Under 40 (2013).

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