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Mission Hospital Valiant Women Changes Lives Through Nursing Scholarships

Mission Hospital Valiant Women Changes Lives Through Nursing Scholarships

Mission Viejo, CA –Thanks to the generosity and commitment of Valiant Women, 61 nurses were recently awarded scholarships at the 2014 Spring Annual Meeting. These scholarships enable the dedicated nursing professionals at Mission Hospital to attend conferences and seminars to acquire the latest medical information and to advance their knowledge through additional degrees and certifications. Last year, one of these training sessions taught Mission Hospital nurses about newborn heart screening.

In 2013, newborn Carlee was the first baby to benefit from this new heart screening program that identifies critical congenital heart disease. Little Carlee looked perfectly healthy when she was born, but when the nurses conducted the newly implemented heart screening, followed by an echocardiogram (EKG), they found she had a form of critical congenital heart disease that could be fatal without the proper treatment. Following the diagnosis, Carlee underwent lifesaving corrective heart surgeries, and today she is thriving.

This year, Mission Hospital nurses will receive advanced training through a variety of conferences and seminars in the areas of critical care, trauma, oncology, perinatal, and other holistic nursing practices. The number of nurses who apply for scholarships continues to grow; this year 86 nurses requested support totaling nearly $260,000. Every dollar raised through Valiant Women memberships directly benefits the nursing scholarship program and therefore, patient care at Mission Hospital.

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About Valiant Women

Valiant Women is a group of dedicated community members, united by the Spirit of Giving™ and a common desire to ensure that women of all ages receive quality health care. This special group supports Mission Hospital and is dedicated to meeting the medical, surgical, educational and spiritual needs of all women.

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 2,100 employees. 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 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

About Mission Hospital Foundation

Mission Hospital Foundation supports and assists Mission Hospital through philanthropy. The Foundation embodies the Spirit of Giving™ by building lifelong relationships with community members and raising funds for Mission Hospital.