Support the Orthopedic Institute
The Mission Hospital Orthopedic Institute is committed to providing quality
and evidence-based orthopedic care to the community. Our team of professionals
includes orthopedists, hospitalists, nurses, physical therapists and case
managers. This team approach ensures patients are provided with complete
care that starts before the patient is admitted to the hospital and continues
following discharge. Our program provides patients with free preparation
classes, bedside visits by an Orthopedic Navigator and follow-up calls.
We strive to ensure our patients and their families are well prepared
for surgery and a successful recovery.
By the Numbers:
(Data as of January 2017)
It was a hot summer day in July and former Marine Staff Sgt. Carson and
his girlfriend Mary Kate were traveling on a motorcycle along Ortega Highway.
Carson was driving; Mary Kate was riding on the back.
As the couple approached a sharp turn in the road, they collided head-on
with a car in the opposite lane. "We literally went flying off the
motorcycle. Mary Kate hit the windshield of the car and I landed in the
middle of the road," Carson said. "My initial reaction was to
help Mary Kate and the people in the car, but I couldn't move. I noticed
the vehicle we collided with caught fire, and that's when the pain
in my lower body set in."
Two off-duty nurses driving by called for help. "Right before I went
unconscious, I remember one of the nurses held my hand and told me that
everything was going to be ok," Carson said. Paramedics arrived and
Carson was airlifted to the Trauma Center at Mission Hospital. Mary Kate
was also rushed to Mission Hospital.
Dr. Kenneth Wilkens, board-certified orthopedic trauma surgeon at Mission
Hospital, knew Carson had suffered a rare and potentially fatal injury.
"Carson suffered an open pelvis injury, in which his pelvis literally
opened like a book as a result of the accident," said Dr. Wilkens,
who performed life-saving surgery on Carson. "These injuries have
a 50 percent mortality rate due to high risk of infection.
Carson was hospitalized for nearly a month at Mission. This type of injury
can typically take nine months to a year for a full recovery. However,
Carson was determined to walk again and speed up his recovery.
"Not only was he mobile again, but Carson ran in the hallway outside
of my office five months post-op," Dr. Wilkens said. Carson says
that Dr. Wilkens is the reason he can walk. He later gave his Marine fatigues
to Dr. Wilkens. The gesture meant a lot to Dr. Wilkens. "Many people
would give up, but Carson didn't," Dr. Wilkens said.
"We are still so thankful that we were taken to Mission Hospital,"
shared Mary Kate.
Endowed Orthopedic Chair: An Endowed Orthopedic Chair enables Mission Hospital to attract and retain
the highest quality clinicians, foster innovation, fund advanced projects
- $2,000,000-$3,000,000 per chair
Dedicated Orthopedic Operating Room: A physical space large enough to accommodate complex cases with appropriate
monitors for viewing images and links to the intraoperative imaging equipment.
There are many components that go into building out a dedicated orthopedic
operating room. Below are the areas of greatest need:
Your support is 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