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Palomar closes downtown ED
San Diego Union-Tribune

Palomar Health on Monday shut down its standby emergency department in downtown Escondido, following through with a plan first announced last year. Ambulances have delivered patients to the newer Palomar Medical Center since 2012, but the downtown hospital kept open a smaller version of its old emergency department to serve patients suffering less-severe conditions.

In addition, Palomar is working to close the whole downtown facility, although several departments, including labor and delivery and inpatient rehabilitation, remain in operation. The public health district is citing cost concerns for the downsizing.