The house on the hill – The new Palomar Medical Center

ESCONDIDO – Nearly ten years ago, Palomar Health conceived an idea to build a health system for the future. The first piece of the master plan would be a new hospital infused with a sense of healing, innovation and flexibility – a place built entirely around the needs of patients and their families and a place where highly skilled physicians and staff are provided every capability to deliver their finest care.

Today, that once hopeful idea stands high on a hill in Western Escondido and is a testament to forward-thinking, generosity and the desire to meet the medical needs of a growing community. The new Palomar Medical Center opened its doors for care on August 19, 2012 – making it the first new hospital in North County San Diego in more than 30 years.

The journey

In 2004, taxpayers supported a $496-million construction bond, known as proposition BB. Their nod of approval allowed for the development of a master plan that would help shape the future of health care throughout Palomar Health’s 850-square-mile district.

The vision for the new Palomar Medical Center crystallized through an extensive planning process involving physicians, nurses, staff, volunteers, community leaders and health-care futurists who voiced heartfelt opinions and proposed creative, beyond-the-box

solutions.

As expansion plans evolved, the concept of sustainable and flexible health-care design was adopted. This innovative approach would provide for the best healing environment while reducing environmental impact, optimizing patient safety and creating a facility that would stand the test of time. The result is a 740,000-square-foot architectural and technological masterpiece.

Patient rooms

One of the most highly anticipated features of the new facility is the all-private patient rooms. Each room averages 320-square-feet and includes a private bathroom, family visiting area and sleeper couch. A bedside control panel allows patients to manage their own environment, change lights, adjust temperature or airflow, raise or lower their window shades, use the flat screen television or call their nurse.

Distributed nursing stations located outside every patient room enable nurses to be closer to the bedside and to respond more quickly to patient needs. For families, numerous family consult rooms are available for loved ones to speak privately with a physician, spacious visitor lobbies and terraces provide respite and an inviting Terrace Caf

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