Opened in 2014, Mission Hospital's Neuroscience & Spine Institute stands as the premier neurosurgical facility in Orange County

Neurodegenerative Diseases

Did you know that every time you recall a memory of have a new thought, you create a connection in the brain? Did you know our Mission Hospital neurologists make every effort to make a personal connection to understand your specific health need?

Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Disorders of aging remain a significant concern. As the society ages, more and more people are concerned over our ability to maintain memory. Dementia is a state of mind, with progression of cognitive impairment over time. One of the cognitive domains affected is the ability to maintain memory. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the common dementia disorders, but it is not the only disorder of dementia. If you or a loved one is concerned, you can be assessed by a program called the OC Vital Aging Program. Along with a partnership with Hoag, the neurology services at Mission Hospital and Mission Heritage can assess your concerns. With the results, you may have a better understanding of your concerns. If need arises, there is neurological expertise in further diagnosing and understanding what may impact your memory.

Movement Disorders

Disorders in movement are conditions that may impact our ability to function physically. Although many do not understand the term movement disorder, the most common concern to help understand this is Parkinson’s disease. Similar to dementia, portions of the brain is changing, a process called degeneration. Oppose to dementia, which impacts our cognitive abilities, the parts of the brain impact our ability to maintain normal movement with Parkinson’s disease. Some disorders may not be as disabling as Parkinson’s disease, but these disorders alter normal functions every day. The neurological services at the Mission Neuroscience Institute (MNI) can help in diagnosing and understanding the condition. Advances in surgical techniques to aid a Parkinson sufferer is also available at Mission Hospital.

Please view this patient testimonial to hear how one of our own is being treated for Parkinsons.


Epilepsy is often synonymous with a seizure disorder. Seizures occur as a result of abnormal firing of brain cells, leading to various symptoms depending on type. Some are violent, the convulsive type. But many may go unnoticed. Neurology services at MNI can aid in the diagnosis and understanding of seizures, to better gauge appropriate management through medicine or surgery if warranted. Routine and outpatient 24-hour electroencephalogram is available. Along with the sister facilities within St. Joseph Hoag System, the MNI is connected to better service your care for epilepsy.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disorder of the central nervous system that disrupts the normal flow of information between the brain and the body. Symptoms may be disabling, but the nature of the disease is unpredictable. Often considered an autoimmune disorder, there are many genetic and environmental influences to the disease itself. State of the art imaging of the brain and spine at the MNI can aid identifying and diagnosing along with the neurology services available to aid and educate on the disease. Along with the sister facilities within St. Joseph Hoag System, the MNI is connected to better service your care for MS.

Would you like to learn more about our neurodegenerative care? Call us today at (877) 459-3627.