Trauma and Emergency Institute

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Most Advanced Personalized Care

As the only Trauma Center and comprehensive Emergency Department in south Orange County, Mission Hospital plays a vital role in the health and safety of our community. Thanks to philanthropic support from our community, we are able to offer the most advanced and personalized care available.

Mission is at the forefront of trauma and emergency care, saving lives through timely patient-centered, state-of-the-art interventions via multi-disciplinary collaboration. We are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the traumatically injured, their families, our community and region through clinical excellence, innovation, prevention, education, and outreach.

The dedicated specialists in our Emergency Departments – in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach - care for approximately 67,000 patients each year.

Trauma Center Verification

  • Mission Hospital is an Adult and Pediatric Level 2 Trauma Center. Through our partnership with Children’s Hospital of Orange County, CHOC Children’s at Mission is the only Trauma Center and Emergency Department in south Orange County designated to care for adolescents, children and infants.

Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification

  • Mission Hospital successfully achieved the highest level of certification for stroke and cerebrovascular care set forth by The Joint Commission, and serves as a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Designated Stroke Receiving Center

  • Mission Hospital is an Orange County Emergency Medical Services designated Stroke-Neurology Receiving Center, and the only hospital in south Orange County providing advanced neurologic care for stroke.

Leader in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

  • The Joint Commission recognizes Mission’s Severe Brain Injury Program as a leader in the management of severe traumatic brain injury for use of multimodality monitoring.

Designated Cardiac Receiving Center

  • Orange County Emergency Medical Services, the agency dedicated to providing emergency care throughout the county, designated Mission Hospital as a Cardiovascular Receiving Center.

Cardiac Distinction

  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield recognized Mission’s cardiac program as a Distinction Center, demonstrating high quality care and treatment expertise.

The Only Comprehensive Care in South County

Mission is the busiest Trauma Center in all of Orange County, and the only Trauma Center between the University of California Irvine to the north, the city of Oceanside to the south, and Loma Linda to the east. Our ability to respond to our region’s needs, whether routine or crisis-driven, is of vital importance to a population that numbers in the millions.

As the sole Trauma Center to serve all of south Orange County, Mission Hospital’s emergency and trauma units are the medical loci for South County’s disaster response. Mission Hospital is also the designated Trauma Center for Camp Pendleton and its 70,000 active duty and reserve personnel.

The Need to Expand

When patients seek care in our Emergency Departments, it is imperative that they receive prompt, efficient and life-saving care. We are in the process of expanding both of our Emergency Departments – Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach - in order to accommodate significant increases in patient volume over the past few years.

Mission Viejo Expansion

Mission Hospital’s Emergency Department Expansion Project will modernize, enlarge and improve our facilities to help better serve patients and meet the needs of our growing community. On our Mission Viejo campus, the expansion includes adding eight new beds, increasing radiology staffing and improving internal efficiencies by expanding phlebotomy services, enhancing triage capabilities, and implementing a rapid discharge program.

This expansion will bring the community:

More Space:

The project will add eight additional beds to our Emergency Department, which will increase the Emergency Department bed count to a total of 42 beds. These eight additional beds will enable us to care for approximately 88 more patients within a 24 hour period.

Improved Efficiencies:

Patient care technicians and phlebotomy services will be expanded. There will be a provider, either a physician’s assistant or physician at triage to complete rapid evaluations and promptly begin diagnostics and tests as needed.

Additional Medical Staff:

We will increase the number of radiology clinicians in order to expedite CT scans and x-rays, supporting prompt diagnosis and treatment.

More Timely Care:

Our new Rapid Medical Exam and Discharge area is designed to efficiently care for patients with less severe conditions, known as low-acuity. This specialized area will allow us to expedite treatment and discharge, and enhance patient experience. This will also ensure that treatment spaces will be available for patients who require a high level of care, decreasing the length of stay in the Emergency Department, and if needed, overall stay in the hospital.

These Emergency Department improvements will enhance patient satisfaction and reduce waiting time. We estimate that once the hospital completes the Emergency Department Expansion Project, we will reduce our wait times by approximately one hour.

Minutes Matter

Our Laguna Beach Emergency Department is critical to the welfare and prosperity of our coastal communities. In fact, the hospital was created 60 years ago after a critically injured Laguna Beach police officer, Gordon French, died while being rushed to Newport Beach, the closest hospital at the time.

Following that tragic event, the Laguna Beach community came together to ensure that high quality medical care would be available close to their homes. And, as the tourism industry continued to grow, it also ensured that visitors to the coastal communities would have access to prompt medical care when needed. Today, nearly 10 million people visit Laguna Beach and our coastal communities each year.

Laguna Beach Expansion

As our patient volumes continue to grow, we have an immediate need to expand and update the Mission Hospital Laguna Beach Emergency Department. We are currently in the midst of a five-phase complete renovation. This project will expand our Emergency Department by 30% and increase our bed count to 20 in an effort to prevent overcrowding, reduce patient wait times, improve triage effectiveness and deliver optimal care.

The project includes new and expanded exam rooms, waiting and reception areas, medication stations and supply storage areas, and the acquisition of new technology and equipment. We are in the final two phases of this $12.5 million project.

In the first phase, we built a new expanded waiting room, reception/registration area, triage space and conference room. Phase one also added six new exam rooms and two renovated examination bays. In phase two, we remodeling the airborne infection isolation rooms and staff lounge and expanded multiple exam rooms.

Four upright observation chairs were added in phase three, and we are expanding four behavioral health areas. The last two stages of the project will complete the expansion of the final seven exam rooms, including a gynecologic/obstetric examination room, and patient charting spaces.

How You Can Help

Renovating and expanding hospitals are expensive ventures, but necessary. Hospitals, like other forms of property, age and need the occasional tune-up or a full-scale reconstruction to stay competitive within the market and to meet regulatory standards.

The renovation and expansions of our Emergency Departments are fiscally-sound, long-term investments that will greatly benefit our community.

The survival of critically injured patients depends on the quality and proximity to lifesaving emergency and trauma care. To provide our community with the facilities, technology, and medical experts of the future, we are raising $3 million to fund the expansion of our Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach Emergency Departments.

Patient Story:

Around 9 p.m. on Sunday, December 18, 2016 Jeff was leaving the Regal Cinema building on Towne Center Drive with his 14-year old son, Jacob. Suddenly a Toyota Tundra burst through the adjacent chain link fence striking father and son, as they were walking to their car.

Both victims were transported by ambulance to Mission Hospital, suffering major injuries, requiring emergency surgeries. Surgeons had to place a titanium plate on Jeff’s left ribcage to stabilize his seven broken ribs, vertebrae fractures and collapsed lungs.

Jacob had a major skull fracture with multiple facial bones broken, a severe concussion, and a broken clavicle. He was in a coma for five days. Jeff and Jacob were in the hospital for two weeks undergoing advanced care from our skilled teams of trauma, emergency and intensive care specialists all working together so they could return to their family and normal life.

Jeff shared that he was a rescue swimmer in the Navy, has been to war and currently serves in the California State Military Reserve. He used to jump out of helicopters into the ocean, but this event scared him more than anything he has ever experienced. “I don’t mind if I’m hurt, but the thought of losing my son is more than I can handle. Today, I am so thankful to the Lord for answering my prayers, and saving my son, and I am so grateful to the paramedics and the medical staff at Mission Hospital. Without the valiant efforts of the trauma team, the physicians, nurses and all of the hospital staff, I would not be able to tell this story. I would not have my son with me.”


Support the Trauma and Emergency 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 Jen Jones Bastian, Director, Corporate Relations and Major Gifts at Jen.Jones@stjoe.org or (949) 365-2469.