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From Surgery to Service
Jan 16, 2017
For Jerry Mason, a trip to Palomar Medical Center Escondido for a routine gall bladder procedure resulted in inspiration for a work of art. That doesn’t happen every day. But in Jerry’s case, after he recovered he returned to the hospital to present his caregivers a special painting he created to show his appreciation of the care he received as a patient. “My connection with Palomar Medical Center began by surprise in mid-August 2016 when I had unexpected gall bladder removal surgery,” Mason says. It was expected to be a laparoscopic procedure, but his surgeon told him beforehand that it could wind up being a more extensive procedure and Mason agreed. “When I woke up in post-op, I noticed a 16-staple Maginot Line winding its way straight through my midsection.” This led to a six-day hospital stay to heal up. “But during that time I received excellent care from a bevy of hospital ...

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