Standing left to right: George O’Connell (Gala Chair), Seth R. Teigen (Mission Hospital Chief Executive) and Dr. Matthew Kaplan (Gala Chair)

Mission Hospital’s 2019 Holiday Gala “Beyond the Limits” was an enormous success – grossing nearly $3 million – thanks to hundreds of inspired community members, dozens of physician partners and its dedicated gala chairs: George O’Connell and Dr. Matthew Kaplan, Medical Director of Emergency Services at Mission Hospital and CHOC at Mission.
Proceeds from the event, held on Saturday, December 7 at the Monarch Beach Resort, will support the vital expansion of Mission Hospital’s Emergency Department – a project that will be fully funded by philanthropy.
More than 400 Guests were moved by the inspirational patient stories of Wade Sundell and Lisa Foto. Wade, the reigning Saddle Bronc Riding World Champion at last summer’s Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo, was crushed by a horse when it suddenly reared up.
“At first I thought I was okay,” Wade recalled. “I had no idea that my liver was lacerated and I needed immediate trauma care.” Dr. Peter Czuleger, the onsite Mission Hospital Emergency Medicine Physician, saw the incident and encouraged Wade to go to Mission Hospital’s Trauma Center right away.
“Mission Hospital truly saved my life,” Wade shared. “When I arrived at the hospital, I was taken immediately into the operating room. My blood volume was replaced 1.5 times as Dr. Kushner repaired my severely damaged liver. I spent two weeks in a medically-induced coma and visited the operating room several more times, but ultimately, I woke up to see my beautiful girlfriend Shelby. And thanks to Mission Hospital, Shelby and I can watch our two-year old son grow up together. I can’t thank you enough.”
Wade’s inspiring story was followed by Lisa’s amazing account of hope and healing. Twelve years ago Lisa survived a ruptured brain aneurysm. “On a severity scale of 1 to 10, my hemorrhage was a 10,” shared Lisa. “I was a patient at Mission Hospital for 52 days, and spent five weeks of that in a medically-induced coma in the surgical intensive care unit.”
“My recovery was the most challenging thing that I have ever faced, but thanks to Mission Hospital, I’ve made a complete recovery. Since then, I watched two of my three children get married and celebrated the birth of all five of my grandchildren. I never would have known the joy of being a grandmother if Mission Hospital had not saved my life.”
Guests also enjoyed an exciting live auction, which included two front-row tickets to a Gwen Stefani concert, an exclusive meet and greet after the concert, two-night overnight accommodations at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, and transportation to Las Vegas in a private jet.
On behalf of the thousands of patients and families served at Mission Hospital every year, we extend our deepest appreciation to our premier Holiday Gala sponsors: The O’Connell Family, Mission Viejo Emergency Medical Association, Rancho Mission Viejo and Kevin and Patricia Moriarty.
About Mission Hospital Foundation
Mission Hospital Foundation is the philanthropic catalyst for Mission Hospital. The foundation embodies the Spirit of Giving™ by building lifelong relationships with community members and raising funds for Mission Hospital. Every dollar donated to Mission Hospital Foundation supports ongoing investment in:
• Advanced technology and cutting-edge programs and services
• Innovative research initiatives and collaboration
• Nursing excellence through enhanced recruitment and ongoing training and development
As new technologies emerge, philanthropy will enable Mission Hospital to acquire and provide the most sophisticated resources to enhance the comprehensive integration of care at every level, yielding superior patient outcomes.
About Mission Hospital
Mission Hospital is a state-of-the art, 523-bed acute care regional medical center in Mission Viejo, California. As one of the busiest designated adult and pediatric Level II Trauma Centers in the state of California, Mission Hospital provides a full range of reputable specialty health care services with highly skilled teams treating a multitude of complex conditions. Services include a full range of expertise in cardiovascular, neuroscience and spine, orthopedics, cancer care, women’s services, mental health and wellness, head and neck, and a variety of other specialty services. Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach provides South Orange County coastal communities with 24-hour emergency and intensive care as well as medical-surgical/telemetry services, orthopedics, general and GI surgery. CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital is a 54-bed facility that is the area’s only dedicated pediatric hospital.
Fully accredited by The Joint Commission and designated as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for nursing excellence, Mission Hospital is highly recognized for its high quality of care, evidenced through a multitude of healthcare quality benchmarks. Mission Hospital is part of Providence St. Joseph Health, a not-for-profit provider of integrated health care. Together, we work to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange and Sisters of Providence. For more information, visit

Community Mission Hospital Goes Beyond the Limits to Gross Nearly $3 Million