If you like cake, there was plenty of it Saturday at Pomerado Hospital's 35th anniversary celebration in Poway.
Hundreds of North County residents, staff members and volunteers attended the fun-filled afternoon event, which showcased not only the hospital but also the adjacent Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion and its many services.
Palomar Health Champion and legendary local news anchor Carol LeBeau emceed the festivities, which featured city and county proclamations, free health screenings, children’s activities and tours of the health care facilities. And did we mention cake?
VIPs included the Palomar Health Board of Directors, Poway Mayor Don Higginson, Palomar Health CEO/President Michael H. Covert. LeBeau read a proclamation from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors declaring April 21, 2012 as Pomerado Hospital Day. Mayor Higginson read the proclamation from the city of Poway.
The 107-bed Pomerado Hospital opened its doors on June 29, 1977 and in addition features a skilled nursing facility, a birthing center and Jean McLaughlin Women’s Center for Health and Nursing.
Exhibitors at the celebration included Arch Health Partners, Bariatric Services, DiabetesHealth, Jean McLaughlin Women’s Center, Palomar Health expresscare, Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation, Patient Financial Services, Wound Care Center, Villa Pomerado.
Free offerings included blood pressure, blood glucose and body mass index screenings.
Palomar Health, the largest public health district in California, operates two hospitals and is scheduled to open a third in Escondido this summer. The district plans to break ground also on a health clinic in Ramona. Plans are under way to build a bridge to connect Pomerado Hospital and the Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion.