Pod D now open
Sep 21, 2018
At 9 a.m. on Monday morning Pod D welcomed its first patients. By midnight staff had cared for 109 people. The 14-bed expansion brings the total Palomar Medical Center Escondido Emergency Department bed capacity to 72 and enhances staff’s ability to care for patients in a more comfortable setting. The expansion shows Palomar Health’s commitment to grow with the community. The expansion should reduce the number of patients waiting in the lobby, said Michelle Gunnett, the Emergency Department director. The Emergency Department’s volume has steadily increased since opening in August 2012 recording more than 63,000 patients in its first full year in 2013. By 2017, 107,000 patients were treated, an almost 70% increase in five years. Left as shell space but designated for future Emergency Department expansion when the medical center was designed, Pod D sits as a standalone room separated by a hallway from Pods A-C. Emergency ...

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