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Emergency room sees last patient

The old emergency room at the Palomar Health Downtown Campus was closed on March 14.

The old emergency room at the Palomar Health Downtown Campus was closed on March 14.

On Monday, March 14, the down­town emergency room at the old Palo­mar Hospital saw its last patient.

At 7 a.m. on Monday Palomar Health closed the Standby Emergen­cy Room located at Palomar Health Downtown Campus.

All day Palomar Health personnel were at the Standby Emergency Room to direct patients who arrive there to the health care centers in the area.

An emergency transport team was kept available at Palomar Health Downtown Campus to transfer pa­tients to an emergency room if needed.

Palomar Health has been working closely with local community health centers to continue providing conve­nient access to care. These health cen­ters, several located within one mile of the Palomar Health Downtown Campus, are able to provide treatment for most conditions that are typically treated at the Standby Emergency Room.

Palomar Health launched its transi­tion plan to close the Downtown Cam­pus in June 2015. The plan includes the relocation of all services currently provided in the building to other Palo­mar

Health facilities. To date, the ser­vices that have been relocated include outpatient surgery, which moved to Palomar Medical Center and Pomera­do Hospital, along with the Sleep Center and Outpatient Rehabilitation, which have been relocated to the Palo­mar Health San Marcos Health Center.

The Downtown Campus will con­tinue to offer other services, such as its birthing Center until further notice.

Palomar Health will continue to pro­vide emergency services at Pomerado Hospital and emergency and trauma services at Palomar Medical Cen­ter, just three miles west of Palomar Health Downtown Campus. For more information about the Standby Emer­gency Room closure, visit: www.Palo­

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