Supports Local Non-Profit Organizations that Serve Low-Income and Underserved People
August 30, 2016, Mission Viejo, CA – Mission Hospital announced today that it has awarded $1.3 million in grants over the course
of six months to 12 local non-profit organizations that provide services
to south Orange County’s vulnerable and underserved people. These
grants are part of the hospital’s healing ministry, and its commitment
to improving the health and quality of the lives of the people in the
communities that it serves.
“For more than 40 years, Mission Hospital has met the daily and emergency
needs of south Orange County’s most vulnerable,” said Christy
Cornwall, director of Community Benefit. “This year’s grants
further strengthen programs that address the prevention of substance use
among youths, and provide mental health, urgent care and housing support
services that align with our core focus on creating healthy communities.”
Programs that received grants include:
- Laguna Beach Community Clinic will increase access to walk-in urgent medical
non-emergency services and government-funded care six days a week for
those living in the immediate community.
- South Orange County’s Friendship Shelter’s Permanent Support
Housing program provides emergency and rehabilitation shelter to dozens
of local community members each year. The grant supports this initiative
through temporary housing furnishings, overnight staffing and additional
support services, including mental health.
- The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach will use the funding to support
the 2016 SMART Moves program that teaches youth how to resist alcohol,
tobacco and other drugs through curriculum that is grounded in mentoring
and critical-thinking habits.
- Community Health Initiative of Orange County delivers culturally and linguistically
appropriate outreach, education, enrollment and case management services
to increase access to care for local residents through Certified Enrollment
Counselors (CEC). The Mission Hospital grant will support the salaries
of two full-time CEC dedicated staff and educational workshops for south
Orange County residents.
- Family Assistance Ministries supports Mission Hospital’s mental health
initiatives by providing personalized case management services and referrals
to professionals for those who are currently or are at risk of becoming
homeless. The grant will staff salaries to accommodate two new satellite
program locations in Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano.
- The National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, Orange County
provides programming and educational resources to local residents to help
eliminate alcohol, tobacco and drug related problems throughout the county.
The organization will use the Mission Hospital grant to support initiatives
to reduce substance use acceptability among parents while also empowering
youth to make good choices.
- Western Youth Services will use the grant funding to improve mental and
behavioral healthcare access for vulnerable and hard-to-reach children.
“Our goal is to extend our healing ministry through the good work
of partner organizations like the recipients of our grants, enabling these
service providers to provide compassionate care to the south county’s
most in-need populations,” said Cornwall.
Mission Hospital’s core values include extending its healing ministry
and commitment to the community through the support of several community
benefit programs. A cornerstone of the work done is through partnerships
with non-profit organizations to address health concerns among low-income
and underserved people. Mission Hospital dedicates more than $4 million
annually for outreach efforts that directly impact and serve the local
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 2,500 employees. Mission Hospital,
a ministry of St. Joseph Health, has been serving the greater needs of
the community for more than 40 years, improving the quality of life in
the communities it serves in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph
of Orange. 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) provides 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 cardiovascular, neuroscience and spine, orthopedics, women’s
services, urology, mental health & wellness, head and neck and other
key specialties. 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 and designated
as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for nursing
excellence, Mission Hospital has received numerous awards and recognition
for its high quality of care. For more information, visit