Palomar Health opened its new Birth Center at Palomar Medical Center Escondido on Thursday afternoon, December 1. We look forward to welcoming expectant mothers at the Birth Center this week. The new center replaces the Birth Center at Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido, which saw the birth of Escondido area babies for many generations.
The new birth center features 33 private labor and delivery and post-partum rooms, each with dedicated family areas. This warm environment creates a nurturing birth experience for expectant mothers and their loved ones.
The new birth center also features the most advanced equipment and technologies, but most importantly, the same caring team of doctors, nurses and staff that has provided excellent care to maternity patients and their families for many years.
The shift of the Birth Center services from the Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido (555 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, 92025) to Palomar Medical Center Escondido (2185 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, 92029) had been expected by the end of 2016. However, a malfunctioning transformer which impacted the Birth Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric services at the Downtown Escondido Campus on Sunday created the need for repairs that were unknown in duration. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) supported our need to accelerate its licensing visit to today. During the visit, CDPH granted us licensure to open the new Birth Center. The Birth Center and NICU at Pomerado Hospital remain open and operational as normal.
As the new birth center opens, our partner Rady Children’s Hospital will ensure continued access to its services by temporarily shifting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and pediatric services from Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido to Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. The NICU will reopen at Palomar Medical Center Escondido in early 2017. Future plans are to open a dedicated women’s and children’s unit at Palomar Medical Center Escondido.
After the birth center at Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido closes, other services at the hospital will remain open, including Imaging, Radiation Oncology, Behavioral Health Unit, Acute Rehabilitation, Infusion, Laboratory, and others as plans for their relocation are finalized. In addition, a physician-led emergency response team will continue to be available 24/7 within the hospital to provide emergency response to any patient in the hospital, when necessary.