Escondido, CA

Palomar Health to Closes Standby Emergency Room in Downtown Escondido

Monday, March 14, 2016 – Palomar Health is closing the Standby Emergency Room located at Palomar Health Downtown Campus at 7 a.m. this morning, 555 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025 

The day of the closure, Palomar Health personnel will be at the Standby Emergency Room to direct patients who arrive there to the health care centers in the area. 

An emergency transport team will be available 24/7 at Palomar Health Downtown Campus to transfer current patients to an emergency room if needed. 

To ensure the health needs of the downtown Escondido area continue to be met, 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. Fewer than one percent of the patients who arrive at the downtown emergency room require hospitalization.

The final patient who is discharged from the Standby Emergency Room today will receive special recognition.


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 is using print media, community newsletters, signage, social media and other communication methods in English and Spanish to notify the public about the relocation of services. 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:

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