Mission Hospital Foundation

Trauma Institute

Support the Trauma Institute

Our mission is to be at the forefront of emergency care. To save lives through timely patient-centered, state-of-the-art interventions via multi-disciplinary collaboration. To improve the health and well-being of the traumatic injured, their families, community and region through clinical excellence, innovation, prevention, education, and outreach.

Our vision is to stand ready at all times, for all people, providing emergency and trauma care in their moment of need. Focused on dignity, compassionate service and founded in excellence and evidence-based practices.

Two conveniently located emergency departments, in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, bring south Orange County unparalleled emergency and trauma care when and where it’s needed.


By the Numbers:

  • The only designated trauma center in south Orange County, and one of a select group of trauma centers nationwide recognized for quality by the prestigious American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.
  • The Gotschall Family Trauma Pavilion is prepared 24-hours-a-day to address the most urgent cases immediately. Because time is precious, patients in critical condition can be rushed into surgery in as little as eight minutes—significantly less than the national average of nearly 30 minutes.
  • Nearly 70,000 patients are treated at the Mission Viejo campus Emergency Department per year. The Sue and Bill Gross Emergency Department on the Laguna Beach Campus cares for an additional 19,000 patients annually.
  • In the last two years, there has been a 30% increase in traumas at Mission Hospital, related to the growth of new housing developments, as well as the closure of Memorial Care’s San Clemente Hospital. Mission Hospital works diligently to meet the emergency health needs of our growing community.
  • Partnering with Children’s Hospital of Orange County, CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital is the only emergency department in south Orange County offering comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of pediatric emergencies. Pediatric traumas have more than doubled this past year.
  • Patients are cared for by a team of specially trained physicians, nurses and other medical personnel with proven expertise in emergency medicine, Mission Hospital is the only trauma center in Orange County which utilizes the unique role of a Trauma Resuscitation Nurse in its program.

Patient Story:

Around 9 p.m. on Sunday, December 18, Jeff, who was nearing the end of his first term on the Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Commission, was exiting 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.”


Philanthropic Needs:

  • Endowed chairs to help bring the best emergency and trauma physicians to south Orange County providing medical leadership, program development and research opportunities.
    • $2,000,000-$3,000,000 per chair
  • Serenity Room: Dedicated private space where families can receive critical updates, discuss complex medical issues with physicians or grieve the loss of a loved one.
    • $500,000
  • Mini Fluoroscopy Scanners: Portable scanners with minimal radiation for bone fractures.
    • $90,000
  • Call Back Nurse System: Qualified medical staff contact patients after discharge to follow up on physican discharge instructions. A best practice delivering excellence in patient care and experience.
    • $72,800 annually
  • Portable Ultra Sound Machine: Providing quality images without moving critical care patients.
    • $50,000 (2 needed)
  • Wheelchairs: An additional 18 wheelchairs are needed at both campuses to alleviate current shortages due to increased patient volume.
    • $43,000 ($2,388 per wheelchair)
  • Gurneys: Technology has advanced incorporating scales into Emergency Department gurneys to weigh critical care patients without moving them. Essential for proper medication dosage and delivery.
    • $10,000 per gurney (32 needed)
  • Education: With tight hospital operating margins, funds for nursing certification and education are limited. Philanthropic support would enable some of the 90 Emergency Department nurses at Mission Hospital to attend the annual Emergency Nurses Association Conference providing advanced education in adult and pediatric emergency and trauma care.
    • $2,500 per person (including airfare, conference and hotel)
  • Technology: Wi-Fi repeaters so medical staff can communicate more effectively both internally and externally. iPad’s to enhance communication and improve patient and family experience.
    • $1,000-$5,000

Support the Trauma 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 Jennifer Jones, director, corporate relations and major gifts at (949) 365-2469 or Jen.Jones@stjoe.org