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Mission Hospital’s Back to School Angels Program Creates Back to School Smiles

08/20/2015

Mission Hospital’s Back to School Angels Program Creates

Back to School Smiles

Mission Hospital employees follow in the footsteps of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, helping to improve the health and quality of life in south Orange County.

Mission Viejo, CA – Seventy local students will start the school year with new backpacks, clothing and school supplies thanks to Mission Hospital’s Back to School Angels Program.

Hospital employees from 43 departments across the Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach campuses donated hundreds of items to properly equip youth for the school year. Donations included everything from backpacks, calculators, pens, paper, erasers and staplers to shoes, pants, shorts, shirts, socks and coats. One department even donated a bicycle.

“We created the Back to School Angels Program based on a critical need for support,” shares Mission Hospital Director of Community Benefit Christy Cornwall. “The beginning of the school year can be an expensive time for families, and as employees we want to help support the most vulnerable members of our community.”

The program illustrates the commitment of Mission Hospital employees to the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, by helping to improve the health and quality of life in south Orange

County. These donated items not only reduce the financial burden, but they bring dignity to the underserved and inspire students to excellence.

Students in need were identified through Mission Hospital’s Family Resource Centers. The Family Resource Centers bring together services and activities that educate, support and provide resources for families in need. Programs include parent, teen and child education classes, support groups, counseling services, and information/resources.

To learn more about how you can become involved with Mission Hospital, please visit www.mission4health.com.

About Mission Hospital

As a part of the St. Joseph Hoag Health network of care, Mission Hospital was founded in Mission

Viejo in 1971 and has since grown to a two-campus facility with 552 beds and approximately 2,700 employees. Mission Hospital has been serving the greater needs of the community for over 40 years, improving the quality of life in the communities it serves.

Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo is an acute care, full-service facility providing advanced health care services and diagnostic care to south Orange County and is the only designated trauma center in south Orange County. Mission Hospital Laguna Beach (MHLB) joined the Mission Hospital family and St. Joseph Health in 2009, providing south Orange County coastal communities with 24- hour emergency and intensive care as well as medical-surgical/telemetry services. Mission Hospital offers specialty care in behavioral health, imaging, heart, neuroscience and spine, orthopedics and women’s services. CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital is a 48-bed facility that is the area’s only dedicated pediatric hospital for more than two decades. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, Mission Hospital has received numerous awards and recognition for its high quality of care.

For more information, visit www.mission4health.com.