Donors turn out in support of LB Community Clinic’s Managed Care Program

Friends and supporters of the Laguna Beach Community Clinic gathered for the clinic’s annual lunch and live auction on April 4. The event was held at the Montage Laguna Beach oceanfront banquet room.

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Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Laguna Beach Community Clinic CEO & CMO Dr. Jorge Rubal with Dr. Lauren Rubal

Board President John Link and Past President and Governance Committee Chair Roya Cole, teamed up to co-host the event, enabling 100% of donor giving to go towards funding managed care for patients with complex medical needs. Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, corporate sponsors and individual donors were inspired to respond to the need by raising an additional net total of $134,000.

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(L-R) John Link, president of the board of directors and Jim Fletcher, trustee, Laguna Beach Community Foundation

Jim Fletcher, trustee, Laguna Beach Community Foundation (LBCF) introduced the fund-a-need portion of the program by stating: “The clinic is truly part of the fabric of Laguna Beach. As we said during the pandemic, Jorge, we know the clinic and its history, we trust you, continue the good work.”

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(L-R) Adriana Nieto-Sayegh, RM, COO; Dr. Janet Chance, LBCF board of directors and Roya Cole, LBCF board of directors

“We are honored and privileged to be blessed with such amazing generosity and kindness from our community,” remarked Roya Cole.  Her sentiments were echoed by John Link who thanked guests for “Their continued support including sponsors Morgan Stanley, Ponaman Healthcare Consulting, Providence Mission Hospital and CalPrivate Bank.”

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(L-R) Stephany Skenderian with Barbara and Greg MacGillivray

Dr. Jorge Rubal, CEO & CMO of the Laguna Beach Community Clinic introduced a four-minute video featuring the journeys of two patients with life-threating illness, who with manage care provided by the clinic, are today living happy and healthy lives.

“While folks in Laguna Beach, on the whole, are healthier than other parts of the nation, there is much medical data indicating patients with multiple chronic disease are on the rise, especially among those 55 and older,” Dr. Rubal said. “Our patients are living proof that managed care saves lives.”

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(L-R) Dr. Korey Jorgensen, Dr. Pamela Lawrence and George Heed

Guests were treated to an exciting live auction featuring custom menswear packages donated by b.spoke; movie night for four at the Ken Jillson’s private luxury Safari Cinema; a one-week stay in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, France at the 16th century stone cottage of board member Janet Chance, M.D.; Angels baseball platinum suite tickets for 18 on the exclusive Club Level, compliments of Roya Cole and a two-day driving experience in an Aston Martin, donated by Aston Martin Newport Beach.

“For nearly 55 years our community has been generously responding to our mission to provide compassionate and excellent care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay, we’re truly grateful,” said Dr. Rubal.


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