Palomar Medical Center

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Palomar Medical Center
Palomar Health
Location Escondido, California, United States
Coordinates 33°07′30″N 117°04′30″W / 33.125°N 117.075°W / 33.125; -117.075Coordinates: 33°07′30″N 117°04′30″W / 33.125°N 117.075°W / 33.125; -117.075
Hospital type Trauma center
Emergency department Level II trauma center
Beds 319
Founded 1950 (1950)
Lists Hospitals in California

Palomar Medical Center (PMC) is a two-campus hospital located in Escondido, California. It is operated by the Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) District, which also operates Pomerado Hospital in nearby Poway. PMC is the only designated trauma center in northern San Diego County.[1]

PMC opened in 1950 as Palomar Memorial Hospital. A tower addition, McLeod Tower, was completed in 1974. The hospital was renamed to Palomar Medical Center in 1987.[2]

In 2012, the main emergency- and acute-care facilities for Palomar Medical Center were moved from the downtown campus to a new 653-bed hospital located in the Escondido Research and Technology Center. The original campus for Palomar Medical Center (now called PMC Downtown) now houses the center's standby emergency department, maternity, pediatric, psychiatric and rehabilitation wards.


  1. ^ "Palomar Medical Center". Palomar Pomerado Health. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  2. ^ "History of Palomar Pomerado Health". Palomar Pomerado Health. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 

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