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.PalomarHealth.org/StandbyER.