Support the Cancer Institute
Our vision is to create the Mission Hospital Cancer Institute with world-class
physicians and clinicians to provide south Orange County with the highest
quality cancer care.
Currently, 62% of local patients leave the south Orange County area for
cancer care. This new institute will initially focus on the most prevalent
forms of cancer in our community: breast, lung, prostate, GI, colorectal
and brain. In addition, the Mission Hospital Cancer Institute will combine
all cancer services including psycho-social support programs under one
roof, significantly improving the patient experience.
By the Numbers:
- Approximately 1.7 million Americans are newly diagnosed with cancer annually.
That number is expected to rise to 2.3 million within the next 15 years.
- Cancer affects us all. About half of American men and one-third of women
will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime.
- Cancer claims 590,000 deaths each year.
- Cancer is largely a disease of aging, and more cases will be diagnosed
as the population grows older. Some experts predict that cancer will soon
surpass heart disease as our nation's leading cause of death.
Sheri Hayden is a breast cancer survivor, grateful for the incredible care
she received at the Women's Wellness Center at Mission Hospital. "I
went in for a diagnostic mammogram followed by an ultrasound and a needle
biopsy. I started thinking something's not right. I was in the Women's
Wellness Center with Eileen, one of the nurse navigators, when I got the
news that I had breast cancer."
Clinical nurse navigators coordinate multidisciplinary care plans and guide
patients through treatment and recovery. These nurses ensure that lines
of communication stay open between patients and their doctors. They also
help direct patients to additional services including social workers,
support groups, classes and workshops to help patients and their families
through this difficult process.
"Eileen scheduled appointments with my doctors immediately. It was
incredible not having to deal with the emotion of having cancer and having
to coordinate all of these appointments. The nurse navigators were a blessing
to me and my family."
The Women's Wellness Center was created to help women walk through
their health journeys, providing resources, materials, counseling and
the most technologically advanced equipment. "I'm looking forward
to a long life seeing my boys grow up and get married and spending another
30 or 40 years with my husband. I trust my doctors, Mission Hospital and
the Women's Wellness Center,. I had cancer. I don't have it anymore!"
Comprehensive Cancer Care:
At Mission Hospital our cancer care encompasses the emotional, physical
and psychological aspects of cancer treatment. These thorough support
services greatly benefit patients during and after treatment and area
an important component of mind, body and spirit care.
Our commitment to comprehensive care includes offering industry-leading
support services in addition to providing state-of-the-art treatment options.
This superior approach will include nurse navigators, genetic counselors,
support group leaders and exercise coordinators in addition to the patient's
oncologists and surgeons.
Naming the Cancer Institute - Will transform cancer care in our community, enabling a level of excellence
that cannot be achieved by operating funds alone. The gift could be an
endowment, with income from the endowment used to provide a continuous
margin of excellence for the institute.
Endowed Medical Chairs - Endowed chair designation is linked to a select medical position filled
by an outstanding medical professional as judged by rigorous, nationally
accepted standards. Named chairs typically are held by medical professionals
whose accomplishments indicate potential for national and international
leadership and distinction in their field, and whose current efforts are
focused on establishing programs and developing medical research opportunities.
- $3,000,000 to $4,000,000 per chair
Nurse Navigator Program - Registered nurses provide proactive patient and family care assisting with
care coordination and psychosocial services.
Annual Support - $500,000 to $1,000,000 (Provides immediate salary and program support).
Endowment Support - $3,000,000 to $5,000,000 (After the endowment matures, it provides spendable income in a given year
and preserves the principal and purchasing power of the endowment base
for the future).
Clinical Trials Program - Clinical trials coordinators connect the patient and their caregivers
with selected clinical trials. The comprehensive clinical trials program
will provide patient education and navigation while overseeing compliance
with regulatory and safety standards for each trial program.
Annual Support - $500,000 to $1,000,000 (Provides immediate, spendable program and leadership support for the clinical
Endowment Support - $3,000,000 to $5,000,000 (Provides spendable income in a given year and preserves the principal
and purchasing power of the endowment base for the future).
Psychosocial Programs - Plays a key role in supporting patients, family members, and caregivers
through the stressor of cancer and its treatment. The program will include
mental health counseling and support groups for patients and families.
In addition to cancer related education, nutrition and exercise. Alternative
therapies and programs may include art, exercise, music, meditation and
- Annual Support - $50,000 to $250,000
Training and Research Support - Improves the ability of our physicians, nurses and non-nursing clinical
staff to provide world-class health care and research in our community.
- Annual Support - $25,000 to $100,000
Support the Cancer Institute
By supporting Mission Hospital's cancer program and new facility, you
can help bring world-class cancer care to south Orange County.
Contact Gwen Anderson, interim chief development officer at (949) 365-2468 or