Fundraising Priorities

For years, people living in our community and visitors from all over the world, have entrusted Mission Hospital with the lives of those most precious to them. We have provided health care to those who needed us in the most critical of times. Mission Hospital has big plans for the future. We're preparing for a vital enhancement of our clinical programs by creating institutes in Cancer, Heart and Vascular, Mental Health and Wellness, Neuroscience, Orthopedics, Trauma and Emergency, and Women and Infants. This means more options and improved care - for you, your loved ones and the whole community.

Every dollar donated to Mission Hospital allows us to continue to improve the health and quality of life of the people in the communities we serve and support these institutes. Without philanthropy, Mission Hospital would need to earn an additional $46 million in gross patient revenue to replace each $1 million raised through fundraising. For each dollar the hospital invests in fundraising, Mission Hospital Foundation returns $3 to the hospital.

First comprehensive cancer institute in South Orange County

The Judi and Bill Leonard Institute for Cancer Prevention, Treatment and Wellness is a place of new possibilities, hope and healing in our community. Our comprehensive cancer center brings together specialists, clinical research, and cutting-edge technology to compassionately care for the body, mind and spirit of our patients and family members.

Together, we will make the once impossible, possible. The Leonard Cancer Institute, which opened in the fall of 2019, includes extensive space for physicians dedicated to care for patients with cancer and other specialty needs, a dedicated parking structure and pedestrian access to Mission Hospital and The Shops at Mission Viejo.

The building houses radiation oncology, imaging services and medical oncology, also known as infusion.

Centralized in the building is a comprehensive research and clinical trial program as well as dedicated and specialized tumor boards. A robust clinical nurse navigation program provides stewardship and assistance for cancer patients and their families, and a varied menu of alternative and complementary therapies, programs and cancer education. Join us as we continue to build a model of change that will revolutionize cancer care today.


Give to the Leonard Cancer Institute

A new approach to cancer care in our community

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Every day in our country, 4,500 people's lives are forever changed by a diagnosis of cancer.

To address this devastating national and local need, Mission Hospital will revolutionize cancer care in south Orange County.

The Leonard Cancer Institute will provide the latest cancer treatments right here in our community, ensuring south Orange County residents local access to specialized cancer care, not previously available.

Personalized cancer care

Our program includes multidisciplinary treatments, based on the latest research and evidence, and personalized to each patient's specific tumor, cancer type and genetics.

Specialized and dedicated clinicians

Our expert multidisciplinary clinical team is highly accomplished in cancer diagnostics, research, treatment, patient care, education and prevention.

Innovative technology and diagnostics

Technology and innovation in cancer care is rapidly evolving. Advanced technologies will enable us to transform the status quo in cancer care, leading patients to more personalized and accurate treatment plans, while enabling physicians to do their jobs more effectively.

Robotic surgical technology has also advanced rapidly allowing surgeons to operate on tumors in early stages or tumors in close proximity to sensitive organs without damaging healthy tissue.

Dedicated nurse navigators

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Relatively new members of the multidisciplinary care team; nurse navigators help patients traverse the health care system and their treatment plan. They work to ensure care is coordinated among members of the cancer care team and are strong advocates for patients.

Progressive research and clinical trials

Working with experts across the country, we can dramatically accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances that reduce the devastating effects of cancer

Forming alliances with leading cancer institutions, we will bring the best in academic medicine to our south Orange County community. Beyond treating cancer, we will study its causes and ways to prevent, detect and improve tolerance of treatment side effects.

Integrative therapies and psychosocial programs

Our care teams pair conventional treatments, such as surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, with integrative medicine to create individualized, evidence-based treatment programs. These complementary therapies include acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine and nutritional counseling, yoga, guided imagery, meditation, Tai Chi, therapeutic touch and Qi Gong. By giving patients access to a broad range of proven therapies, we provide them more control over their own destinies. Our programs will incorporate body, mind and spirit care, including integrative medicine and natural treatments such as acupuncture, massage and yoga that reduce stress and anxiety and improve overall well-being.

Together we will make the once impossible, POSSIBLE

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Cancer touches almost everyone

Community philanthropic investment in the Leonard Cancer Institute will ensure we can provide the highest level of cancer care, at home, in our own community. #MissionPossible

To learn more about the Leonard Cancer Institute, please contact John Miller, Chief Philanthropy Officer at (949) 364-7701 or

Staffed by board-certified physicians and highly skilled nurses and technicians, Mission Heart Center provides the highest level of cardiac care in south Orange County. From our cardiac surgery program, including a nationally recognized coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) program, to our comprehensive cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program, Mission Heart Center is devoted to providing excellent patient care through diagnosis, treatment, research, education and prevention.

Give to the Heart and Vascular Institute

By the numbers

  • Orange County Emergency Medical Services named Mission Hospital as a designated Cardiac Receiving Center.
  • Clinicians in our Chest Pain Center are skilled at identifying early signs and symptoms of a heart attack and providing treatment in as little as 30 minutes, significantly improving the chance of a positive outcome.
  • The highly advanced Muldoon Cardiac Center houses our state-of-the-art Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and Cardiac Telemetry Units.
  • All 27 private rooms in our CICU offer spacious, comfortable settings with windows that allow natural light and external views, promoting relaxation which aids in recovery.
  • Our 34-bed Cardiac Telemetry Unit provides personalized care for patients in stable condition, recovering from a cardiac condition or procedure such an open-heart surgery, angioplasty, pacemaker implantation, a heart attack or abnormal heart rhythm.
  • Our Cardiopulmonary Rehab Centers blend exercise therapy, education, support and lifestyle modification, so patients can reduce risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease and improve the quality of life for pulmonary patients.
  • Mission is home to the first Electrophysiology Laboratory in south Orange County specializing in identification and treatment of heart rhythm disturbances.
  • Our Echo Cardiology Laboratory was the first in Orange County to receive national accreditation.

Patient story

Feeling short of breath one day. George consulted with his physician who suggested that he have a stress test. Following the test and an angiogram, it was discovered that 95% of his arteries were blocked. "I was a heart attack just waiting to happen," George recalled. As a husband, father, grandfather and president of two thriving organizations, his first thoughts were about his family and the impact this would have on them. "It was comforting when my daughter took over the franchise business (Oggi's restaurant), and my son, managed the brewery business (Left Coast Brewing Company), Dora, my wife, also stepped back from the business to watch over me like a mother eagle. It was an uplifting experience to see my family gather around me."

George was quickly scheduled for quadruple bypass surgery. "Dr. Darbinian is a magician. From what I understand, the process of a quadruple bypass requires taking a lot out, and putting it all back in. Dr. Darbinian is an incredible man and I have a lot of respect for him." After his procedure, George recalls the warmth and hospitality of the staff, "The nurses, doctors and staff embraced me with attention. CICU and CarTel nurses were incredibly kind."

"The hospital allowed us to add fun to my recovery. As encouragement, my family walked with me around the unit, IV attached, chanting and encouraging me to keep moving forward and including our nurses in the process. My family was invited to be part of the healing process throughout my recovery."

George continues to push forward in his recovery plan. "I am stronger than I have been in the past. My health is better, it's changed the way we envision the growth and management of the business, how we can deliver a better and healthier offering to our consumers, and how we continue to encourage a healthy lifestyle within our family. I owe Mission Hospital my life and I'm incredibly thankful for the care everyone provided."


Your support is a philanthropic investment in personal peace of mind. Thanks to you, Mission Hospital will always be first when seconds matter.

For more information on the Heart and Vascular Institute, please contact: Jim Frey, Director of Major Gifts, Planned and Estate Giving at (949) 364-4848 or

Our vision is to serve as a beacon of mental health care, promoting well-being and restoring hope, for all people in the communities we serve.

Along with our ministry partners, Mission Hospital is creating the Clinical Institute for Mental Health and Wellness. With philanthropic support from our community, Mission Hospital is expanding our Mental Health and Wellness programs and services. 

Give to the Clinical Institute for Mental Health and Wellness

By the numbers

  • 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness while nearly 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness.
  • 60% of adults with a mental illness didn’t receive mental health services in the previous year.
  • While some of this comes from the stigma still attached to mental illness, much of the reason is the lack of available services.
  • 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
  • More than 70% of adolescents (ages 12-17) with diagnosable disorders do not receive mental health services.

Patient story

Mark has a history of depression, anxiety and alcohol abuse. This combination of mental health problems and substance abuse is known as dual-diagnosis. As Mark’s problems worsened, his life slowly spun out of control. He nearly lost everything, including what is most precious to him – his wife and child.

Feeling lost and alone, Mark didn’t know how to get his life back on track. Mission Hospital’s Mental Health and Wellness program gave Mark hope. With help within reach, Mark decided to get sober so he could repair his relationship with his wife and child. “At first, though I chose to be there, I was pretty resistant to the program. I quickly realized that my nurses and doctors at Mission Hospital truly cared about me and wanted to help. I never felt like a patient when I was in their care. I trusted the people and the process, and gave it a chance,” says Mark.

During the 28-day detox program, Mark was also diagnosed with PTSD and bipolar disorder. After successfully completing the detox program, Mark opted for additional treatment through Mission Hospital’s outpatient dual-diagnosis program. Mark was determined to be better for himself, as well as those he had hurt in the past. Inspired by his care team and the other patients who found tremendous success in the program, Mark did exceptionally well. Not only did he thrive in the program, he surfaced as a leader. Mark, a 28-year-old retired Marine, began to help others with their own battles as an inpatient treatment program team leader.

His commitment to sobriety and involvement in the program continues to this day. Mark is now a unit leader, helping others who are new to the program get comfortable. He teaches them about what to expect and offers them a powerful treatment of his own – a friend during a trying time. With support and help from Mission’s care team, Mark has even begun to mend and repair his relationships with his loved ones – and he has maintained his sobriety through it all.

Philanthropic needs

Your support of the Mission Hospital Clinical Institute for Mental Health and Wellness is a critical factor in our ability to provide much needed programs and services in our community.


For more information on the Mental Health and Wellness Institute, please contact Jim Frey, Direct Major Gifts and Estate/Planned Giving at (949) 364-4848 or


Our vision is to be the premier Neuroscience Institute by continually seeking innovation and technological advances to provide affordable and accessible services. The institute will be recognized as the destination hospital for outstanding, high value clinical care.

Our mission is to restore neurological health by providing a collaborative team of medical experts and experienced caregivers who serve patients in a healing environment.

Give to the Mission Neuroscience Institute

By the numbers

  • Mission Hospital is south Orange County's designated Comprehensive Stroke Center. This places us among the top hospitals in the nation for treating the most complex stroke cases, with comprehensive care for a variety of complex cerebrovascular conditions.
  • During a recent Joint Commission Stroke Program survey, several of our protocols and practices were recommended for submission in the commission’s best practice library.
  • At a successful Commission Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) re-accreditation survey for our Acute Rehab and Outpatient Day Programs, Mission Hospital received high praise and commendations for our Brain Injury Specialty Programs for adults and adolescents.
  • Our dedicated and highly-skilled physicians and clinical teams have completed 3,135 procedures since January 2015.
  • MNI fosters collaborative program development with other specialties throughout the hospital and health system including:
    • Neuro-oncology: A regional approach to identifying the best care for personalized treatment.
    • Severe Brain Injury Program: Recognized for Clinical Excellence by the Joint Commission and is a leader in the management of severe TBI using multimodality monitoring.
    • Surgical ICU: Recipient of numerous AACN Circle of Excellence awards.
    • Concussion Clinic: Developed in 2017 to see patients who need additional therapy and support from concussions.
    • Expert physician recruitment in the areas of: Movement Disorders, Epilepsy and Seizures, Peripheral Nerve and Neuro Trauma.

Patient letter

Patient and daughter at a park, smiling

This letter is from the family of a grateful patient.

"Words can never express how grateful my family is for the staff, physicians, and neuro-surgeons at Mission Hospital. It truly is hard being on the other side of patient care. We are forever grateful for your help, support, and kindness through this whole ordeal. We get to celebrate another birthday with my daddy because of you." -  CJ Tacub






Your support is a philanthropic investment in innovative neuroscience programs and equipment. Thanks to you, Mission Hospital will continue to provide world-class neuroscience care for our community.


For more information on the Neuroscience Institute, please contact John D. Miller, Chief Philanthropy Officer at (949) 364-7701 or

The Mission Hospital Orthopedic Institute is committed to providing quality and evidence-based orthopedic care to the community. Our team of professionals includes orthopedists, hospitalists, nurses, physical therapists and case managers. This team approach ensures patients are provided with complete care that starts before the patient is admitted to the hospital and continues following discharge. Our program provides patients with free preparation classes, bedside visits by an Orthopedic Navigator and follow-up calls. We strive to ensure our patients and their families are well prepared for surgery and a successful recovery.

Give to the Orthopedic Institute

By the numbers

  • Total Joint Replacement Program:
    • 350 surgeries performed each year.
    • An average of two nights spent in the hospital.
    • 87 of patients discharged directly home.
    • 98% of patients would recommend Mission Hospital without hesitation for Total Joint Replacement surgery.
  • 39 patients transferred to Mission Hospital from outside institutions for orthopedic trauma care.
  • Zero patient transfers from Mission Hospital for higher level of orthopedic trauma care since November 2012.
  • 959 elective orthopedic cases in the past 12 months compared to 888 in the previous 12 months.
  • 507 orthopedic emergent cases in the past 12 months compared to 467 in the previous 12 months.
  • 114 orthopedic trauma cases in the past 12 months compared to 91 in the previous 12 months.

Patient story

It was a hot summer day in July and former Marine Staff Sgt. Carson and his girlfriend Mary Kate were traveling on a motorcycle along Ortega Highway. Carson was driving; Mary Kate was riding on the back.

As the couple approached a sharp turn in the road, they collided head-on with a car in the opposite lane. "We literally went flying off the motorcycle. Mary Kate hit the windshield of the car and I landed in the middle of the road," Carson said. "My initial reaction was to help Mary Kate and the people in the car, but I couldn't move. I noticed the vehicle we collided with caught fire, and that's when the pain in my lower body set in."

Two off-duty nurses driving by called for help. "Right before I went unconscious, I remember one of the nurses held my hand and told me that everything was going to be ok," Carson said. Paramedics arrived and Carson was airlifted to the Trauma Center at Mission Hospital. Mary Kate was also rushed to Mission Hospital.

Dr. Kenneth Wilkens, board-certified orthopedic trauma surgeon at Mission Hospital, knew Carson had suffered a rare and potentially fatal injury. "Carson suffered an open pelvis injury, in which his pelvis literally opened like a book as a result of the accident," said Dr. Wilkens, who performed life-saving surgery on Carson. "These injuries have a 50 percent mortality rate due to high risk of infection.

Carson was hospitalized for nearly a month at Mission. This type of injury can typically take nine months to a year for a full recovery. However, Carson was determined to walk again and speed up his recovery.

"Not only was he mobile again, but Carson ran in the hallway outside of my office five months post-op," Dr. Wilkens said. Carson says that Dr. Wilkens is the reason he can walk. He later gave his Marine fatigues to Dr. Wilkens. The gesture meant a lot to Dr. Wilkens. "Many people would give up, but Carson didn't," Dr. Wilkens said."We are still so thankful that we were taken to Mission Hospital," shared Mary Kate.

Philanthropic needs

  • Endowed Orthopedic Chair: An Endowed Orthopedic Chair enables Mission Hospital to attract and retain the highest quality clinicians, foster innovation, fund advanced projects and research.
    • $2,000,000-$3,000,000 per chair
  • Dedicated Orthopedic Operating Room: A physical space large enough to accommodate complex cases with appropriate monitors for viewing images and links to the intraoperative imaging equipment. There are many components that go into building out a dedicated orthopedic operating room. Below are the areas of greatest need:
    • C-Arm Fluoroscopy: This technology allows physicians to guide needles to specific areas while watching the needle on a live x-ray screen.
      • $200,000
  • Mizuho HANA Orthopedic Table: This unique surgical resource optimizes patient positioning which results in smaller incisions, reducing pain and scaring, and allowing the patient to return to normal activities more quickly.
    • $93,400
  • Stryker 4400 Hand Piece: Compact, versatile and ergonomic, these drivers enable physicians to pin, drill, cut and ream with ease. The cordless design allows for maximum mobility in the sterile field, while the quick-connect attachments create superb efficiency.
    • $78,000
  • Stryker Neptune 3 Rover: With the introduction of new and elevated features, this multi-tasking hazardous fluid and smoke evacuation solution has been five years in the making.
    • $65,000
  • Omni Hip Retractor: This table-mounted hip retractor system provides consistent, hands-free exposure for total hip replacement. The hip retractor system is fully adjustable to accommodate individual surgeon techniques on any patient of any size.
    • $12,700

Your support is philanthropic investment in personal peace of mind. Thanks to you, Mission Hospital will always be first when seconds matter.

For more information on the Orthopedic Institute, please contact John D. Miller, Chief Philanthropy Officer at (949) 364-7701 or

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 those traumatically 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.

Give to Trauma and Emergency Institute

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.

  • Trauma and Emergency Department volumes in December 2017 reached a record high - 7,385 Emergency Department visits and 211 Trauma patients, which is a 7% increase from the monthly average.
  • 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 85,000 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 and for the first time we have achieved verification as a Pediatric Level 2 Trauma Center.
  • 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

Jeff and Jacob Reunite

Around 9 p.m. on Sunday, December 18, 2016 Jeff was leaving 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

With the Laguna Beach Emergency Department expansion and restoration completed, Mission Hospital's Mission Viejo location is expected to begin construction on their Emergency Department expansion in early 2021. With our community's philanthropic passion and support, the three-phase project for the Emergency Department at Mission Viejo will expand and improve the current facility, increase bed counts, and enhance triage capabilities in order to meet the needs of our growing community.

For more information on the Trauma and Emergency Institute, please contact John D. Miller, Chief Philanthropy Officer at (949) 364-7701 or

Exceptional health care close to home

Mission Hospital is dedicated to caring for women throughout all stages of life. Thanks to philanthropic support from our community, we are able to offer the most advanced, comprehensive, and personalized care available.

We are committed to continual innovation to provide dynamic new programs and amenities to meet the diverse health care needs of women in our community.

  • Our Baby-Friendly USA designation reflects our on-going commitment to breastfeeding care and support, ensuring that babies have a healthy start.
  • Our superb clinical quality and patient satisfaction performance resulted in a Five-Star Rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for overall hospital performance. Mission Hospital stands with distinction as only one of two hospitals in Orange County to receive such an accolade.
  • We have been Magnet® recognized since 2012 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for nursing excellence. Only 8% of U.S. hospitals earn Magnet® designation.
  • Mission earned the Women’s Choice Award for obstetrics, heart care and stroke, and we are also certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked Mission No. 1 in south Orange County, No. 7 in the Los Angeles region, and No. 12 in the state.

Give to the Women and Infants Institute 

All the care a woman needs

Our beautifully designed Mission Women’s Wellness Centers in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach continue our tradition of outstanding care, providing everything a woman needs to stay healthy. Our centers offer a spa-like environment designed for women by women.

Certified nurse navigators

Every woman who visits our Women’s Wellness Centers has the opportunity to meet with a complimentary nurse navigator. Our highly trained registered nurses will help identify your specific health needs, assist in scheduling procedures, and recommend services to achieve optimal health.

Breast health and mammography

Our Breast Program combines the expertise of breast specialists and genetic counselors with advanced technologies, including the latest digital 3D tomosynthesis to provide you with quicker, safer and more accurate diagnosis of breast cancer.

Massage, skin and aromatherapy

Our massage and aromatherapy services are provided in a private, peaceful environment to create a pampering atmosphere to support good health. Our licensed estheticians are specially certified in oncology esthetics as well as organic pregnancy, traditional, ultimate and caregiver facials, and foot and hand treatments customized for your specific needs.

Highly skilled clinicians

We offer state-of-the-art technology, but it’s not just the sophisticated equipment that’s important – it’s the health care professionals performing the procedure and interpreting the results. Our technologists are highly trained and credentialed, and our radiologists have devoted their careers to breast imaging, and their experience determines the future breast health of thousands of women annually.

The Birth Center

At Mission Hospital, we partner with families to create the ultimate birthing experience by offering a full continuum of birthing options. Our Birth Center provides families with the option to deliver in a comfortable, less clinical-feeling environment, while still being supported by the advanced services of a specialty hospital, including a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit through our partnership with CHOC Children’s at Mission.

Our physicians and nurses take great pride in focusing on the unique needs of each mother, and our clinical teams have expanded to include the nurturing support of nurse midwives and doulas.


Expectant mothers may partner with a professionally trained doula to provide non-medical support during labor and birth. Doulas utilize a variety of labor options and studies show that when doulas are present, women have shorter labors, less medical intervention, fewer cesareans, and healthier babies who breastfeed longer.

Philanthropy will enable us to continue to introduce new programs and services and to ensure that our clinicians have opportunities to advance their knowledge and skills. Please partner with us to transform the way our mothers and families experience patient care at Mission Hospital.

Midwifery Suites

Our certified Nurse Midwifery Program takes a desire for a personalized birthing experience to a whole new level. With a special focus on mothers, our midwives skillfully guide women through pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum.

Our new Midwifery Suites feel like home, thanks to the physical transformation of our remodel and a philosophy of care to create emotional connections for new mothers and families through a natural physiological birth. This sense of home fosters feelings of support, comfort and togetherness.

Celebrating new life

Letchford Family

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 opportunities

Facility Naming Opportunities

  • Women and Infants Institute - A comprehensive network of clinicians, technology and facilities across our hospital campuses, focused on the care of women and infants.
    • $20 million
  • Mission Women's Wellness Center - A free-standing center offering advanced diagnostics for breast health and wellness resources for women at every stage of life. Services include 3D mammography, ultrasound, prenatal educational classes, support groups, resource library, nurse navigator, meditation room and a boutique offering products to support breastfeeding and wellness.
    • $10 million
  • Women's Wellness Center at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach - Advanced diagnostics for breast health and wellness resources for women at every stage of life.
    • $1 million
  • The Birth Center - Twenty-six mother/baby suites, 11 labor and delivery suites, five midwifery rooms and three operating suites on the second floor of Tower 1.
    • $5 million
  • Midwifery Suite Area - Five midwifery suites in a private area of The Birth Center.
    • $1 million
  • Individual Midwifery Suites - Each midwifery suite offers a warm and comforting environment with a queen-sized bed and labor pool to accommodate a natural physiological birth.
    • $100,000

Programmatic Support

  • Endowed Medical Chair - Provide medical leadership, drive program development by recruiting the best obstetricians and gynecologists to south Orange County and create innovative research opportunities.
    • $2 million - $3 million per chair
  • Nursing Scholarship Endowment - Created by a Valiant Women member in 2013, this endowment ensures that scholarship resources are available in perpetuity. The endowment was established with $25,000 and today it has grown to more than $284,000.
    • Unlimited potential
  • Midwifery Program - A natural physiological birthing experience designed to create emotional connections for new mothers and families through the support of midwives.
    • Unlimited potential
  • Mission Women’s Wellness Center - Support for mammogram screenings, diagnostic procedures and genetic counseling for underinsured or uninsured women in our community.
    • $25,000 - $250,000
  • Simulation Manikin - Replicates a full range of obstetrical events to facilitate training that enhances teamwork and critical thinking skills to improve patient safety.
    • $82,000 (2 needed)
  • Nursing Education Scholarships - Enable nurses to receive advanced degrees and specialized certificates.
    • The average cost of a BSN, MSN, Doctorate of Nursing Practice or PhD degree can range from $7,000 to $40,000 for one person.
    • Conference/seminar fees can range from $500 to $1,000 per nurse.

    For more information on the philanthropic priorities of the Women and Infants Institute, please contact Cynthia Campos, Major Gifts Director at (949) 364-7798 or