Heart and Vascular Institute
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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
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."
Hybrid OR: Surgical suite equipped with advanced medical imaging devices that support
complex open and minimally invasive procedures.
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
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.
Carto sound: Heart mapping software for electrophysiology enabling physicians to precisely
navigate through the heart.
Zero Gravity: A system that helps support lead protection for physicians during procedures,
reducing back and joint stress.
Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation/Life Support: A device to stabilize patients in the waiting periods of a heart transplant.
Teleconference Room Upgrade: Allows for collaboration and case review with regional health system
physicians and valued clinical experts throughout the country.
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.
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.
For more information on the Heart and Vascular Institute, please contact:
Chris Kollar, Director, Capital Campaigns and Donor Relations at
Christopher.Kollar@stjoe.org or (949) 365-2404.