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Commentary: Palomar Health is committed to quality patient care

By Diane Hansen

Election season is a great time to make our voices heard and exercise our constitutional right to vote for candidates and issues we believe in.

This is the beauty of our country, but the unfortunate side of elections is negative campaigning and mudslinging.

Recently, there has been campaign-related information that casts Palomar Health in a negative light and questions our quality of patient care. It is my duty to the residents of our district and our incredible physicians and staff to set the record straight.

At Palomar Health, our commitment to safe, high-quality care has only gotten stronger. And today, we stand proud of who we are and the care we provide.

An award-winning level of care that is second to none. We have earned numerous awards from reputable agencies who look at our quality data and measure it against other hospitals in the nation.

Palomar Medical Center Escondido has been named one of Healthgrades 250 Best Hospitals three years in a row, one of San Diego’s Best Regional Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and the only hospital in San Diego County to receive the America’s 100 Best Hospitals in Orthopedic Surgery Award five years in a row. Palomar Medical Center Poway also received an “A” grade by Leapfrog this year.

These are just a few examples of our many quality awards, of which I am extremely proud. This level of recognition is not given, it is earned by our staff and physicians who have an unwavering commitment to providing high-quality patient care to our community.

Our employees, past and present, have worked hard to get where we are today and they deserve to be recognized, not slandered, for their hard work and dedication to the residents of our district. We are grateful to those who stand with us today, and others who came before us, to support and promote a healthier future.

Diane Hansen, President & CEO of Palomar Health