Caregivers angry over proposal to close Palomar Health Downtown Campus

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ESCONDIDO, Calif.  - In a first of a series of community meetings, Palomar Health executives presented their proposal to shut down the Palomar Health Downtown Campus in Escondido.

The plan is to shift patient care to the new Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and Pomerado Hospital in Poway. Palomar Health board members are scheduled to vote on recommendations made by the executive team in nearly two weeks.

The 65-year-old building located between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkeway in Escondido is said to be losing $20 million a year.

President & CEO of Palomar Health, Robert Hemker, presented the proposal Monday night. He spent the last hour answering questions from concerned caregivers and nurses.

The primary concern voiced is the limited amount of time for research and due diligence needed for completion for the proposal. Labor representatives for the California Nurses Association and Caregiver and Healthcare Employees Union said the management team was not able to answer specifics during Monday's meeting and felt its rushed nature was not a democratic process.

Layoffs are also likely to take place and could affect some 75 full time employees and 230 per diem employees.

Three additional meetings are scheduled to take place for community input. The next is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, at the Palomar Health Downtown Campus in Escondido.


  • DB

    Thought the plan was to close this facility as they have the new state of the art facility a few miles west? Much like Kaiser’s new Clairemont Mesa hospital eventually shutting down “Zion” (actually called “Mt Zion” by some) permanently in 2030. Who wants to be admitted to these 50-60 year old facilities when there are brand new facilities a couple of miles away? Not surprising this facility is losing that sum of money.

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