by LIZ ONUFER | photo provided by Palomar Health

Family-Friendly Focus

Palomar Medical Center Poway Recognized as a Center of Excellence

Built in 1977 as Pomerado Hospital, today’s Palomar Medical Center Poway has grown into an integral part of the Poway community. It’s part of the largest public health district in California, serving 800 square miles. The Poway center fulfills the Palomar Health mission to heal, comfort, and promote health for the communities of Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Peñasquitos, Ramona, and Julian, as well as Escondido, San Marcos, Vista, Valley Center, Pauma Valley, and Pala.

The medical center is home to a full range of medical services, including 24-hour emergency services, a birth center, cardiac and vascular care, wound care center, rehabilitation services, Jean McLaughlin Women’s Center, nursing, and a surgical weight loss program. The Palomar Health Orthopedic and Spine Center is nationally recognized as a center of excellence, and performs 25 percent of all joint replacements in the county. The medical center is also a part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Across all the services, the center is defined by its patient-first philosophy. “While Palomar Medical Center Poway contains all the latest in technological advances, what sets it apart is the patient-centered culture and family-friendly environment,” explained Derryl Acosta, Public Relations Manager. “All levels of staff from the Chief Nursing Officer to the mail room focus on providing elite customer service.”

This philosophy is highlighted in its staff. Last year, Tonya Elliot was recognized as the Palomar Medical Center Poway Nurse of the Year. A relief charge nurse in Medical/Surgery/Telemetry, Tonya shares she has always wanted to be a nurse and loves meeting new people. The medical center’s Physician of the Year, Dr. Amir Asgari, is an internal medicine physician specializing in hospice and palliative medicine. His staff describes him as compassionate and dedicated to digging deep into cases to find all possible options for his patients.

The medical center also hosts a number of no-cost health education classes led by medical professionals. Classes include heart health, weight and nutrition, women and baby, general wellness, diabetes, integrative medicine, and CPR and First Aid. In addition, the facility offers seasonal community flu clinics.



Name of Business: Palomar Medical Center Poway
Owner/Manager: Diane Hansen, Interim CEO
Years in Position: 1
Year of Establishment: 1977
Address: 15615 Pomerado Rd., Poway, CA 92064
Phone: 858-613-4000
Description of business: Opened in 1977, Palomar Medical Center Poway is a 107-bed acute care facility tucked in beautiful Poway valley offering 24-hour emergency services, labor and delivery and a full-range of medical services including the Orthopedic and Spine Center.