History of the Chemical Dependency Treatment Program at Mission Hospital
South Coast Medical Center in Laguna Beach opened its doors in 1959. It
was the first hospital built in South Orange County. During the hospital’s
“teenage years” it took a pioneering leap and opened the first
Orange County hospital-based program for the treatment of Alcohol and
Drug Addiction. The program was The Care Unit. The year was 1975.
In the early 1980’s the Care Unit moved its program to Mission Hospital
in Mission Viejo. Realizing the value of serving its community, South
Coast Medical Center assumed ownership of the program and called it Genesis.
The Care Unit and Genesis Programs have a rich history of offering outstanding
treatment and have helped thousands of patients and their families begin
the healing process of recovery from addictions.
August 21, 2006, Genesis evolved into Mission Pacific Coast Recovery. The
Genesis alumni and staff are honored and thrilled to participate in the
enhanced traditional and holistic aspects of treatment that Mission Pacific
Coast Recovery offers. We are very grateful today to have such an outstanding
team and treatment center.
On July 1, 2009, South Coast Medical Center became Mission Hospital Laguna
Beach and joined the not-for-profit Mission Hospital family and the St.
Joseph Health System. Mission Hospital Laguna Beach (MHLB) continues to
provides south Orange County coastal communities with daily 24-hour Emergency
Department and intensive care services as well as medical-surgical services,
screening mammography and behavioral health services including psychiatric
services, an outpatient eating disorder program and Mission Pacific Coast
Recovery’s chemical dependency and chronic pain services.