Mission Hospital Foundation

Mission Neuroscience Institute

Support the Mission Neuroscience Institute

Our vision is to be the premier Neuroscience Institute by continually seeking innovation and technological advances to provide affordable and accessible services. The institute will be recognized as the destination hospital for outstanding, high value clinical care.

Our mission is to restore neurological health by providing a collaborative team of medical experts and experienced caregivers who serve patients in a healing environment.

By the Numbers:

  • Mission Hospital is south Orange County’s designated Stroke-Neurology Receiving Center. Mission Neuroscience Institute (MNI) is in the readiness stage of submitting their certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
  • During a recent Joint Commission Stroke Program survey, several of our protocols and practices were recommended for submission in the commission’s best practice library.
  • At a successful Commission Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) re-accreditation survey for our Acute Rehab and Outpatient Day Programs, Mission Hospital received high praise and commendations for our Brain Injury Specialty Programs for adults and adolescents.
  • Our dedicated and highly-skilled physicians and clinical teams have completed 2,048 procedures since January 2015.
  • MNI fosters collaborative program development with other specialties throughout the hospital and health system including:
  • Neuro-oncology: a regional approach to identifying the best care for personalized treatment.
  • Concussion Clinic: A local collaboration with our ED/Trauma teams.

Patient Letter:

This letter is from the family of a grateful patient.

Although I don’t know you, I have been where you are. I know the feeling of hopelessness and fear. The anxiety of leaving your loved one to be cared for by virtual strangers. Simply feeling helpless. Rest assured your loved ones are in the care of kind and compassionate professionals. They will tell you the process is not a sprint, but a marathon. Truer words could not be spoken. They will tell you to take care of yourself while they take care of your loved ones. It’s a hard thing to do but try.

Our journey started November 10, 2014. We received a phone call no parent wants to receive. Our son, Zeke, had a seizure, hit his head on concrete, fractured his skull and was going to be placed on life support. The reality was our son’s prognosis was grim. We are so blessed Zeke was in the care of Mission Hospital’s dedicated Neuroscience and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) teams.

I believe that the Surgical Intensive Care Unit professionalism, knowledge and determination played a major part in saving his life. Today, Zeke is doing well. He defied all odds and continues to improve on a daily basis. Zeke enjoys a new love of technology and reading, as well as spending time with his service dog, Harper.

At night, our family sends extra prayers to each and every patient in SICU, their families and the medical staff that oversees their care.

Philanthropic Needs:

  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery System: Radiosurgery provides a three-dimensional view of tumors for optimal positioning and precise delivery of radiation. This enables physicians to create specific treatment plans for tumor removal, while retaining a large percentage of healthy tissue.
    • $5,000,000
  • Endowed chairs: Bring the best neuroscience physicians to south Orange County to provide medical leadership, program development and research opportunities.
    • $2,000,000-$3,000,000 per chair
  • BrightMatter Surgical System: Provides surgeons with precision tools guided by advanced imaging and monitoring capabilities. This surgical system provides seamless and responsive integration of imaging technology in cranial and spine surgeries.
    • $1,100,000
  • O-Arm and Stealth Navigation System: This technology allows us to perform major spine surgery through minimal incisions with un-paralleled safety and accuracy. This translates to lower risk and complication rates and greatly increases the accuracy of procedures.
    • $1,100,000
  • Robotic Microscope and Navigation System (Synaptive): Three dimensional brain mapping software and guided equipment allows neurosurgeons to color code pathways, providing meticulous navigation through the brain.
    • $600,000
  • BrightMatter Three Dimensional Imaging and Simulator: Offers preoperative imaging tools for life-like training and immediate data processing of three dimensional images. Simulator expands physician and clinical support team training for critical and invasive cranial surgeries.
    • $300,000

Support the Mission Neuroscience Institute

Your support is a philanthropic investment in innovative neuroscience programs and equipment. Thanks to you, Mission Hospital will continue to provide world-class neuroscience care for our community.

Contact Bruce Branstine, director, gift/estate planning and major gifts at
(949) 364-4875 or Bruce.Branstine@stjoe.org.