At the Sept. 2022 groundbreaking ceremony of the Women’s Health Pavilion, from left, Foundation President Christy Ward, Saddleback Medical Center CEO Marcia Manker, donors Taylor and Sarah Nederlander, MemorialCare Breast Center Medical Director Gary Levine, M.D., and Foundation Board Chair Cathy Han, M.D.

Like so many of us, breast cancer has hit close to home for Sarah and Taylor Nederlander. 

The sisters, who grew up in Laguna Beach, supported their best friend when her mother endured difficult treatment for breast cancer and eventually passed away. They also have friends and relatives who have received care for breast cancer at MemorialCare’s Breast Center in Laguna Hills.

After learning about the Women’s Health Pavilion and the plans to build a new Breast Center there, Sarah and Taylor were inspired to make a difference for other breast cancer patients in the community.

As part of their work with the Harry J. Nederlander Charitable Foundation, the sisters have made a $2.5 million gift to support the new Breast Center, which will move to the first floor of the new Women’s Health Pavilion.

With our gift, we hope to ensure that, today especially, more women in our local community have access to advanced screening, treatments and care.

Sarah Nederlander

On Sept. 20, MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Women’s Health Pavilion and announced the gift from the Nederlanders in support of the Breast Center.

The facility will feature the first integrated breast cancer center, with experienced oncologists, renowned surgeons and plastic surgeons, plus expert pathologists and genetic counselors. Saddleback Medical Center expects to nearly double the number of patients served annually.

”These two young women learned at an early age the importance of giving back to their community,” said Christy Ward, president of Saddleback Medical Center Foundation. “They understand how vital it is today to give women access to quality healthcare.”

The 40,000-square-foot Women’s Health Pavilion is expected to open in 2023, directly across the street from The Women’s Hospital. A range of services dedicated to women’s health will be offered under one roof, including a Community Education Center that will expand health and wellness educational offerings.

Women in Orange County lead busy lives filled with career, family, friends and community obligations, while trying to prioritize health and wellness. They are our inspiration for our new Women’s Health Pavilion. Women’s needs have evolved and so must our care.

Cathy Han, M.D., Foundation Board Chair