To heal, comfort and promote health in the communities we serve.

Palomar Health is dedicated to living out its mission through community benefit activities such as charity care, subsidized health services, education, flu vaccination clinics and the work undertaken by the Palomar Health Community Action Councils.

As a public health district, Palomar Health received $13.1 million from annual property taxes in fiscal year 2013 (FY13), while returning more than $131 million to the community through health improvement programs and services. Palomar Health focuses on the following four areas of community benefit:

  • Unreimbursed Medical Care Services – Palomar Health cares for individuals in need through hospital services and community programs, by providing financial assistance to persons who are uninsured, underinsured, ineligible for a government program or are otherwise unable to pay for medically necessary care based on their financial situation.
  • Community Action Councils (CACs) – The CACs help Palomar Health monitor the pulse of the community’s health needs by working with community members to identify, address and advocate for our communities through collaboration and partnerships.
  • Community Health Benefits for the Broader Community – Palomar Health provides a wide variety of health benefits to the community through outreach programs including health education and information. This includes participation in community health fairs and events addressing the unique needs of the community, as well as providing flu vaccinations and health screenings.
  • Health Education and Training Programs – By providing opportunities to learn about the health-care field through internships/externships, sponsorship of classes and other training programs, Palomar Health helps ensure that future patients will have the quality care they need.

This report features a snapshot of some of the community benefit programs offered by Palomar Health in FY13, as well as selected stories that highlight the impact of Palomar Health’s outreach. Download the Palomar Health Community Health Improvement Report here.

Trauma District 

Palomar Medical Center has proudly served as north San Diego County’s designated Trauma Center for more than 25 years. The Center cares for all trauma patients, regardless of ability to pay, within the 2,200 square-mile trauma region east of Interstate 5 and north of State Route 56.


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