Jim, Viki and Christian Coufos Continue a Multi-Generational Legacy of Giving Back
For years, the Coufos family has supported Hoag through philanthropy, primarily directed to nursing education and Jim’s committed service as a volunteer
leader. In spring 2015, the family agreed it was time to do something more. Jim and Viki, along with son Christian, made a planned estate gift in support of the Hoag Promise Campaign. In recognition of Jim’s years of volunteerism and the family’s generous financial support, the Hoag Hospital Foundation named its headquarters the Coufos Family Center for Philanthropy.
“We are very proud to support Hoag and to have been part of the growth that has happened here,” says Jim. “There is so much need for new and innovative technology, and every gift helps us reach the next level.”
Formerly the Chair of the Hoag Hospital Foundation Board and a current Director, Jim is also a Director on the Hoag Charity Sports Board, which oversees the Toshiba Classic. He serves as a member of the Campaign Leadership Council for the Hoag Promise Campaign. For many years, he served as Chair of Choose Nursing, Choose Hoag. Last year he received the Vin Jorgensen Award for his years of dedication to Hoag.
Viki, who was a nurse for 12 years, feels a personal connection to Hoag nurses. “On three separate occasions, Hoag has been there for our family,” she says. “The nurses here stand out from any hospital I’ve been to.” She agrees with Jim that nurses are the flagship of Hoag and are the ones patients and families remember for their kindness and service. The Coufos clan established their planned gift with an eye toward continuing their family’s philanthropic legacy. Both Viki and Jim were raised with the strong value of giving back and supporting their community. They instilled that same spirit in Christian.
“We’ve been very blessed throughout our lives,” he shares. “We are proud to be involved with Hoag and all of the wonderful people associated with it. This gift has great personal meaning for our entire family.”