Palomar Health Welcomes Newly Appointed Board Member Michael Pacheco


SAN DIEGO – December 21, 2021San Diego’s largest healthcare district, Palomar Health is proud to announce its newest appointed board member, Michael Pacheco of Valley Center. Pacheco was appointed for a one-year term on Monday, December 13 after being voted in by the entire board to serve the Palomar Health District encompassing 800 square miles with more than 500,000 residents. He joins board members Linda Greer, RN, Chair, Jeff Griffith, EMT-P, Vice-chair, Terry Corrales, Secretary, Laura Barry, Treasurer, John Clark, Director, and Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, Director.

Pacheco is committed to serving the community with 30 years of service with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, 38 years as a paramedic and 40 years in EMS. He has also participated in various committees and boards at the departmental, city, county, state and federal levels as well as implementing policies and procedures. Dedicated to keeping the community safe, he has developed and coordinated emergency planning for major events in San Diego, such as: Rock & Roll Marathon, Comic-Con, PRIDE, the World Series and Super Bowl.

“We are so thrilled to welcome Michael Pacheco to Palomar Health’s Board of Directors,” says Diane Hansen, President and CEO of Palomar Health. “He has tremendous experience and dedication within the community on all levels of safety and we are excited about the contributions that he will bring to Palomar Health.”

The Board of Directors develop and ensure that the organization’s mission and vision statements are carried out in an effective and ethical manner. Each member is accountable for the oversight and implementation and policies as well as monitoring the organization's performance in the establishment of strategic direction, financial stewardship, quality outcomes and leadership of the Healthcare District.

“I am honored to be part of the Palomar Health District in serving the citizens of the region,” says Michael Pacheco. “I look forward to collaborating with the board on important decisions and conversations to make a positive impact in our community.”

Named by Newsweek as one of the World’s Best Hospitals in 2021, Palomar Health is anchored by two medical center campuses which provide an array of acute care services, obstetrics, rehabilitation, behavioral health, pediatrics and neonatal intensive care. For more information on Palomar Health, please visit  
About Palomar Health
Established in 1948, the award-winning team at Palomar Health provides the most comprehensive healthcare in North San Diego County through its two medical centers and more than 900 affiliated medical providers serving more than half a million people. Palomar Health is San Diego County’s only member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network and is nationally recognized as operating one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals; a Best 100 Hospital for joint replacement and orthopedic surgery; a Best Hospital for stroke care, heart care and bariatric surgery; a Diabetes and Stroke Center of Excellence; and a Blue Distinction Center for spine surgery, cardiac care and maternity.

Through its network of providers, Palomar Health offers medical services in virtually all fields of medicine, including primary care, cardiovascular care, emergency services, trauma, cancer, orthopedics, women’s health, behavioral health, rehabilitation, robotic surgery and bariatric surgery at offices strategically located throughout the North San Diego County region. For more information, please visit

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