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How Your Gifts Impact Palomar Health Care
Our mission at Palomar Health is to promote health and healing that is centered on the unique needs of each patient and their family. Every day, our caregivers are committed to providing the most compassionate care possible. Your gifts support their work by helping to provide the tools and facilities they need to offer the high quality care patients deserve. Below are some stories about Palomar Health at work.
Aortic Repair Surgery: Brian's Smith's AMAZING Story OF RECOVERY
It happened in an instant, the way so many life-changing events unfold. One moment, Brian Smith was mountain biking with friends and the next, the 53-year-old drug discovery chemist had crashed to the dirt of Deer Canyon Trail near Rancho Peñasquitos. The fall broke his sternum, ruptured his aorta, broke two ribs and his left hand.
His injuries could have been fatal, but shortly after that crash, Brian was in the emergency department at nearby Pomerado Hospital and then, later that day, in surgery at Palomar Medical Center and under the watchful care of Drs. John T. Steele, Robert Reichman and Rod Serry. Several days after his life-saving aortic repair surgery, Brian suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. READ MORE.
Trauma Team's life saving work
A traumatic event occurs every four seconds nationwide and is the leading cause of death among Americans under 44 years of age. Palomar Medical Center (PMC) is one of six designated trauma hospitals in San Diego County’s coordinated trauma system, which is considered a premier model throughout the country.
“We’ve seen it all and have taken care of all sorts of massive injuries,” said John Steele, M.D., Medical Director of Palomar Medical Center’s Trauma Center. READ MORE.
Replacing Two Joints at Once
Dianne Wright and Roger McCollum don’t know each other, but they share something in common: they have each had simultaneous bilateral total joint replacement at Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH).
While such procedures are still relatively uncommon, some patients do prefer to have both joints replaced at the same time to minimize exposure to anesthesia and not face the prospect of a second rehabilitation period. These are their stories. READ MORE.
Cardiac Care Program - SAVES LIVES, PREVENTS COMPLICATIONS
Before Jack Baxter and his wife, Sandi, could unpack their bags from a ski trip, they were forced to make an unexpected trip. This time, it was to Palomar Medical Center’s (PMC) Emergency Department where Jack learned the elephant on his chest was, indeed, a massive heart attack. READ MORE.