Mission Hospital Foundation

Women and Infants Institute

Support the Women & Infants Institute

The Mission Maternity Center and Women's Wellness Center are dedicated to caring for women throughout all stages of life. Our commitment to women is evident in everything we offer: advance technology, skilled and compassionate professionals and progressive procedures and services. Our focus is to ensure women and their families receive individualized and caring services.

  • Launched two new programs making midwives and doulas available to laboring mothers. These certified clinical professionals provide physical and emotional support, enhancing the birthing experience through a natural approach.
  • Our labor/delivery and obstetrical nurses average more than 20 years of experience. Over 50% of these nurses are specially trained with advanced certification in fetal monitoring and inpatient obstetric care.
  • We offer a 24-hour, in-house Laborist Program which provides continual presence of a physician to support our laboring patients should any emergencies arise.
  • In 2017, 2,332 babies born at Mission Hospital. Of those, 169 babies were transferred to the onsite CHOC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for advanced care. Our partnership with CHOC Children’s provides expert pediatric services including a 24-hour, in-house, board-certified neonatologist and intensivist staff in the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
  • Highly skilled registered nurses and one board-certified perinatologist works together with obstetricians and CHOC neonatologists to provide monitored care for women with high-risk pregnancies. On average, over 600 critical procedures, including ultrasounds for fetal testing are performed in the Perinatal Diagnostic and Treatment Center each month, utilizing advanced 4D ultrasound.
  • Out of 654 breast biopsies performed at Mission Hospital in 2017, 238 cases were cancerous. 197 breast cancer patients underwent surgery. In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S.

Patient Story:

Madeline and James’s beautiful daughter, Gabriella, was born on December 30 with a unique distinction - she is the first baby to be born with the nurturing support of Mission Hospital’s new Nurse Midwife Program and the program’s first midwife, Allison Molinski, CNM.

Allison and board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. Kenneth James have been in a collaborative practice for more than a year. Allison earned her RN and MA in nurse midwifery at Columbia University in New York. After completing her degrees Allison returned to her hometown of San Clemente and began working in free-standing and hospital-based maternity centers.

“I met Allison when my husband and I had just decided to get pregnant with our fourth child,” says Madeline. “I really appreciate how she and Dr. James coordinated my care throughout the pregnancy. Allison is amazing – she’s very smart, decisive, confident and nurturing. That is the perfect combination for me.”

“Allison was deeply in-touch with how I was feeling during labor. She followed every medical protocol, but it was a far less clinical experience than my previous deliveries.”

“Midwifery is all about creating an empowering birth experience, as defined by the mother and father,” shares Allison. “Sometimes that means that mothers want an epidural or medication to ease pain during labor, and I honor those decisions. It’s all about the preferences of the mother and her partner.”

Philanthropic Needs:

  • Simulation Manikin: An advanced patient simulator replicates a full range of obstetrical events to facilitate teamwork and deepen critical thinking skills in learners of all levels. More than a childbirth simulator, this is a complete simulation solution developed from decades of obstetrical experience. It is a comprehensive package of tools and support designed to help improve patient safety in women’s health through education and training. www.gaumard.com
    $82,000 (2 needed)
  • Birthing Center: Will provide women with more childbirth options than anywhere in Orange County. Developing a unique birthing center within a hospital setting embraces a woman to have a personalized birthing experience. While embracing a holistic approach can bring tremendous benefits; not knowing how each delivery will go, can in seconds turn into needing our clinical expertise team. Having a birthing center with doulas and certified nurse-midwives at Mission Hospital will create a unique opportunity for childbirth.
    $To Be Determined
  • Mission Women’s Wellness Center: Supporting mammogram screenings, diagnostic procedures and genetic counseling for underinsured or uninsured women in our community continues to grow. These resources provide women with the advantages of the latest health care technology; including a navigating tracking tool and STAR staff program, which provides cancer survivorship training and cancer rehabilitation.
    $10,000 - $250,000
  • Nursing Scholarships: Nursing education is an ongoing commitment enabling nurses to receive advanced degrees and specialized certificates. All nurses are required to complete and maintain advanced certificates under Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). Nursing scholarships are awarded to Mission Hospital nurses pursing advanced nursing degrees.
    $5,000 - $200,000
  • Endowed Medical Chair: Endowed chairs help bring the best OB/GYNs to south Orange County, provide medical leadership, drive program development and create innovative research opportunities.
    $2,000,000 - $3,000,000 per chair
  • Nursing Scholarship Endowment: Five years ago, a Nursing Endowment fund was created to ensure that resources would be available in perpetuity. In 2017, 38 nurses were awarded scholarships in the following categories: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, educational seminars and certificate programs. The requests for scholarships regularly exceed the available resources. The average cost of a BSN degree can range from $40,000 to $200,000.

Support the Women & Infants 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 Cynthia Campos, manager, major gifts at (949) 364-7798 or Cynthia.Campos@stjoe.org.