Top 10 Palomar Health Stories in 2018


A dreadful flu season. A beautiful wedding ceremony. A puzzling auditory phenomenon. These are just a few of the most notable events to take place in our health system in 2018.

Join us as we take a look back at the year's top stories.

10. Teddy Bears Help Children in Duress


A trip to the emergency room can be a stressful event, especially for a child. Understanding how a little furry friend can go a long way for peace of mind, the Assistance League Inland North County has been donating teddy bears to the Palomar Medical Center Escondido Emergency Department for more than 10 years.

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9. Violinist Strings Family Together at Palomar Health


The Doerings from Escondido like to keep things in the family. Mark and Michael, identical twin brothers, and their sister Susan have a passion for playing violin string instruments and often play at funerals, weddings and religious gatherings. As musicians, their hands are crucial to their craft. When Susan suffered a shattered wrist two months ago in a car accident while visiting family in Escondido, it put her playing days in jeopardy.

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8. Pathmaker Interns Earn Grants


Pathmaker Medical Interpreters (MIs) give their time and talent to perform in-person interpretations between Palomar Health’s Spanish-speaking patients and healthcare providers. The Pathmaker Management Team joined the Foundation Department to secure a grant from Bank of America to scholarship five MIs to take the National Certification Test, which would certify the MIs as National Healthcare Interpreters.

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7. Does Coffee Cause Cancer?


A California judge made a tentative ruling in a court case that coffee makers/distributors will have to place a cancer warning label on coffee products. Does this mean coffee causes cancer? Palomar Health Director of Education for Emergency Medicine Dr. Christian McClung shares his take on KUSI News.

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6. 2018 Nurses and Physicians of the Year


During National Nurses week in May, Palomar Health celebrated the Roz and Len Kolins Nurses of the Year and Physicians of the Year as voted by their peers at each of Palomar Health’s three medical center campuses.

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5. Palomar Health Unveils Expanded Emergency Department


Palomar Medical Center Escondido is expanding its Emergency Department to meet the needs of a growing community. On Monday, March 12, hospital leaders, patients, and community members cut the ribbon on Pod D, the 4,500 square foot, 14-patient bed Emergency Department (ED) expansion.

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4. A Wedding at Palomar Medical Center Escondido


A special wedding ceremony took place at Palomar Medical Center Escondido. The groom, Felipe, had been a patient at the hospital, and felt determined to marry his bride Alma that day—no matter what the venue. Why? Alma said that Felipe could not wait any longer. Family and friends, even relatives from Mexico, attended the event held right outside Palomar Medical Center Escondido, and the couple provided their own officiant.

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3. Sisters Birth Babies on Same Day, in Same Hospital, with Same Doctor


On Wednesday, March 21, the nurses in the Palomar Medical Center Poway Labor and Delivery Unit participated in something they’d never seen before, sisters giving birth on the same day. What’s even more historic is that both babies were delivered by the same doctor.

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2. Laurel vs. Yanny


“Laurel” versus “Yanny” went viral and has stirred a national debate about why people hear a computer-generated voice differently. Palomar Health Chief Audiologist Dr. David Illich says there are many factors contributing to the Laurel versus Yanny phenomena.

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1. Surge Tent Raised to Serve Flu Patients


At the beginning of the year, Palomar Medical Center Escondido triaged flu patients in a temporary medical tent erected outside its Emergency Department to expedite treatment and contain the spread of the influenza virus. This was the beginning of an extremely serious flu season that resulted in features on ABC News, CBS News and more, making us the national face for flu outbreak response.

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Happy New Year

Thank you so much for being with us this year. Stay tuned for more stories to come in 2019.

Have a happy and healthy start in the new year!

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