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
American College of Surgeons Committee
- 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.
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.”
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
Mini Fluoroscopy Scanners: Portable scanners with minimal radiation for bone fractures.
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.
Portable Ultra Sound Machine: Providing quality images without moving critical care patients.
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.
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