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Palomar Pulls Plug On Downtown Escondido ER

Emergency cases will now go to Palomar Medical Center on Citracado Parkway

Photo caption: Pictured in this undated photo is the Palomar Hospital in downtown Escondido ...

Photo credit: Palomar Health

Pictured in this undated photo is the Palomar Hospital in downtown Escondido that first opened in 1950.

Palomar Pulls Plug On Downtown Escondido ER

Guests:

Dr. Jaime Rivas, medical director, Palomar Health emergency services

Gary Rotto, senior vice president of government and public affairs, Borrego Health

Transcript

The only emergency room in downtown Escondido is closing its doors Monday.

Since June, the Palomar Health organization has planned to shut the aging hospital. Emergency cases will now go to Palomar Medical Center on Citracado Parkway in Escondido, which opened in 2012. Other clinics in the area also will handle less serious cases.

“As we look to consolidate services in the other campuses, it will help the other campuses gain valuable resources,” said Jaime Rivas, medical director of Palomar Emergency Services.

Gary Rotto, executive vice president of government and public affairs at Borrego Health, said his company will be helping fill the service void in Escondido.

“We will open an urgent care clinic and expand hours at the Washington Avenue location,” Rotto said, with the clinic open until 8 p.m. on weekdays. It also will be open on the weekends.

Rotto said his staff is coordinating with the people at Palomar to see what the needs are in the area.

“A good two-thirds of the patients being seen really aren’t in need of emergency services,” he said.

Most patients come in looking for help with a minor cut, a respiratory infection or diarrhea, Rotto said, and an urgent care facility can easily handle that.

“If it’s something urgent, we will call 911,” Rotto said. “We want to get them to the hospital as soon as we can.”

Clarification: This story has been updated to make clear that another hospital and other clinics are available in Escondido for patients with emergencies.

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