Written by Michelle Abt, Photographed by Peter Cooper
Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s Young Physicians and Professionals
Alliance (YPPA) began as the brainchild of the late Richard Hoffman, MD,
a dedicated and pioneering radiologist at Torrance Memorial. It was at
his suggestion, made to the hospital Foundation board, that the group
was formed to engage younger members of the South Bay community with Torrance
Memorial—by bringing young physicians and professionals together
for social events and philanthropic activities.
Since its inception, Dr. Richard Hoffman’s daughter, Heidi Hoffman,
MD,—who followed in her father’s footsteps as a radiologist
at Torrance Memorial—has also made the YPPA a personal priority,
serving as a member of YPPA’s volunteer committee since it was founded.
“YPPA has taken off, and while it started as a social group, we have
added a philanthropic piece as well. The combination is both enjoyable
and rewarding,” Dr. Hoffman says.
A New Generation of Support
Founded in 2012 with just 25 members, YPPA now boasts a membership of more
than 100 and a full calendar of social and philanthropic events throughout the year.
The group is led by a volunteer committee of enthusiastic medical and nonmedical
professionals, all of whom are interested in Torrance Memorial and in
having a positive impact on the community. Two professionals—one
medical and one non-medical—share the chairmanship, and there is
a suggested annual tax-deductible gift of $500 per year for each member.
A portion of that money goes to fund philanthropic programs.
“We target physicians as well as successful entrepreneurs, professionals
and business leaders who believe in what Torrance Memorial stands for
and want to support the hospital,” says Dr. Hoffman. “We have
a stellar group.”
Friendship with a Focus
According to Dr. Hoffman, the social aspect of YPPA is the backbone of
the group. The beer tastings, Mardi Gras casino nights, member hikes (with
dogs), as well as the annual dinner at a Palos Verdes home, are all opportunities
for young physicians and professionals to connect, network and create
“While the mission of YPPA is to support Torrance Memorial, our goal
is to have fun doing it,” she says. “We have diverse members-only
social events multiple times throughout the year. These events give physicians
and professionals the opportunity to network and form relationships that
can be both personal and professional. The combination is a win-win for
As YPPA has evolved, it has increased its focus on philanthropic programs
to benefit the patients and employees of Torrance Memorial. Dr. Hoffman
is especially proud of the group’s efforts to support mothers, babies
and young families, as well as Torrance Memorial employees. This support
includes the following initiatives:
- A $15,000 donation to help with the renovation of the Mother and Baby Postpartum Unit.
- Sponsoring the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Pumpkin Patch Reunion
for children (and their parents) who spent time in the NICU.
- Money to help purchase gift cards, iPad chargers and other kid-friendly
items for the Pediatric Unit.
- Sponsoring the DAISY Award, which recognizes registered nurses who demonstrate
excellence and “The Reason is You” award, which honors extraordinary
employees who work in any position at the hospital.
For more information about how to join, visit
torrancememorial.org/YPPA or contact Danielle Boujikian at 310-257-5729 or firstname.lastname@example.org.