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