Mission Hospital Foundation


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.

Patient Story:

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.

Philanthropic Needs:

  • 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.
    • $25,000,000
  • 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 trials program).
    • 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 massage therapy.
    • 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 Gwen.Anderson@stjoe.org.