Mission Hospital Foundation

Heart and Vascular Institute

Support the Heart and Vascular Institute

Staffed by board-certified physicians and highly skilled nurses and technicians, Mission Heart Center provides the highest level of cardiac care in south Orange County. From our cardiac surgery program, including a nationally recognized coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) program, to our comprehensive cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program, Mission Heart Center is devoted to providing excellent patient care through diagnosis, treatment, research, education and prevention.


By the Numbers:

  • Orange County Emergency Medical Services named Mission Hospital as a designated Cardiac Receiving Center.
  • Clinicians in our Chest Pain Center are skilled at identifying early signs and symptoms of a heart attack and providing treatment in as little as 30 minutes, significantly improving the chance of a positive outcome.
  • The highly advanced Muldoon Cardiac Center houses our state-of-the-art Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and Cardiac Telemetry Units.
  • All 27 private rooms in our CICU offer spacious, comfortable settings with windows that allow natural light and external views, promoting relaxation which aids in recovery.
  • Our 34-bed Cardiac Telemetry Unit provides personalized care for patients in stable condition, recovering from a cardiac condition or procedure such an open-heart surgery, angioplasty, pacemaker implantation, a heart attack or abnormal heart rhythm.
  • Our Cardiopulmonary Rehab Centers blend exercise therapy, education, support and lifestyle modification, so patients can reduce risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease and improve the quality of life for pulmonary patients.
  • Mission is home to the first Electrophysiology Laboratory in south Orange County specializing in identification and treatment of heart rhythm disturbances.
  • Our Echo Cardiology Laboratory was the first in Orange County to receive national accreditation.

Patient Story:

Feeling short of breath one day. George consulted with his physician who suggested that he have a stress test. Following the test and an angiogram, it was discovered that 95% of his arteries were blocked. "I was a heart attack just waiting to happen," George recalled. As a husband, father, grandfather and president of two thriving organizations, his first thoughts were about his family and the impact this would have on them. "It was comforting when my daughter took over the franchise business (Oggi's restaurant), and my son, managed the brewery business (Left Coast Brewing Company), Dora, my wife, also stepped back from the business to watch over me like a mother eagle. It was an uplifting experience to see my family gather around me."

George was quickly scheduled for quadruple bypass surgery. "Dr. Darbinian is a magician. From what I understand, the process of a quadruple bypass requires taking a lot out, and putting it all back in. Dr. Darbinian is an incredible man and I have a lot of respect for him." After his procedure, George recalls the warmth and hospitality of the staff, "The nurses, doctors and staff embraced me with attention. CICU and CarTel nurses were incredibly kind."

"The hospital allowed us to add fun to my recovery. As encouragement, my family walked with me around the unit, IV attached, chanting and encouraging me to keep moving forward and including our nurses in the process. My family was invited to be part of the healing process throughout my recovery."

George continues to push forward in his recovery plan. "I am stronger than I have been in the past. My health is better, it's changed the way we envision the growth and management of the business, how we can deliver a better and healthier offering to our consumers, and how we continue to encourage a healthy lifestyle within our family. I owe Mission Hospital my life and I'm incredibly thankful for the care everyone provided."


Philanthropic Needs:

  • Hybrid OR: Surgical suite equipped with advanced medical imaging devices that support complex open and minimally invasive procedures.
    • $6,000,000
  • ​Bi-Plane/Cath Lab: A specialized cardiac suite utilizing two sets of imaging sources and cameras each free to move independently providing two sets of images for complex procedures.
    • $4,000,000
  • ​Endowed Chair: Endowed chairs to help bring the best heart and vascular physicians to south Orange County providing medical leadership, program development and research opportunities.
    • $2,000,000-$3,000,000
  • Carto sound: Heart mapping software for electrophysiology enabling physicians to precisely navigate through the heart.
    • $275,000
  • ​Zero Gravity: A system that helps support lead protection for physicians during procedures, reducing back and joint stress.
    • $65,000 (3 needed)
  • Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation/Life Support: A device to stabilize patients in the waiting periods of a heart transplant.
    • $113,000
  • Teleconference Room Upgrade: Allows for collaboration and case review with regional health system physicians and valued clinical experts throughout the country.
    • $30,000
  • Portable Ultrasound equipment: For noninvasive imaging of cardiac structures, reducing need to transport patients, by bringing equipment to them.
    • $240,000 per unit (4 needed)
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) Coordinator: A clinical specialist to manage the patient coordination within the TAVR program.
    • $100,000 annually

Support the Heart and Vascular Institute

Your support is a philanthropic investment in personal peace of mind. Thanks to you, Mission Hospital will always be first when seconds matter.

Contact Gwen Anderson, interim chief development officer at (949) 365-2468 or Gwen.Anderson@stjoe.org.