Palomar Health Proclaims Victory Against Group Styling Itself as "Citizens to Save Palomar Health" as Ongoing Lawsuit Deemed Entirely Baseless


SAN DIEGO – November 17, 2021 – Palomar Health has proclaimed victory in a lawsuit filed against them by the corporation styling itself “Citizens to Save Palomar Health.” The baseless lawsuit lacked facts, merit and was blatantly and obviously a smear campaign. According to public filings, through the lawsuit, Citizens to Save Palomar Health attempted to prevent doctors from Emergent Medical Associates—who Palomar’s current publicly-elected Board had selected after a competitive bidding process—from staffing Palomar’s Emergency Department, thereby threatening patient safety and continuity of care.
Citizens to Save Palomar Health seemed to be comprised of aggrieved former Palomar Directors who had lost their seats in public elections and a plaintiffs’ lawyer who filed the lawsuit in August. Citizens to Save Palomar Health falsely alleged the healthcare district violated the Brown Act when it awarded key emergency, hospitalist, and intensivist contracts to Emergent Medical Associates this year for staffing at Palomar’s hospitals in Escondido and Poway. Palomar’s current, publicly-elected board selected EMA after a competitive bidding process.
Although Citizens to Save Palomar Health made a number of false claims about patient safety in their lawsuit, and in their numerous press releases and online smears, in fact Palomar Health’s decision to hire Emergent Medical Associates derived from a fair, legal, and open process.
The move to install Emergent Medical Associates has already resulted in significant improvements at Palomar Health, including a reduction in Emergency Department patient wait times of over 30%, a reduction in patient complaints, and improved health and safety metrics across the board, contrary to the lawsuit’s filings, which took thousands of dollars to defend as well as time and resources.
“Palomar Health is relieved to move past this frivolous lawsuit, so that it can focus on its primary mission: providing the highest quality healthcare to the community of San Diego and beyond,” says Diane Hansen, President and CEO of Palomar Health.

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