Patient and Donor Stories

Patient Spotlights



It was an emotional moment for Dolly Anderson, almost 80 years old and eight months removed from doing what she loved most, riding horses. READ MORE


Encircled by family and love, Bob Winters survived multi-system heart failure after thinking he would not. His family surrounded him with devotion in a filled-to-capacity hospital room, and doctors think that was critical to his success. WATCH HIS VIDEO.


Dan Audick protected Joe Montana's blindside in a move now famously called The Catch. He is a Superbowl champion, and had his life saved by Palomar Health. WATCH HIS VIDEO.

Don Belcher was so impressed with the new Palomar Medical Center that he became a donor even before becoming a patient. Recently, his daughter suffered a serious fall and was treated in the Trauma Center. Watch and learn why the Belchers are grateful to the medical team at Palomar Health. WATCH THE VIDEO.


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. READ MORE.


She fell hard on the floor and instantly knew she was in trouble. Alone, in the garage, Bernadette Gonzalez couldn’t move and needed help. Without warning, her leg hyper-extended and she collapsed. FOLLOW HER RECOVERY.


Donor Spotlights



Arie de Jong and his family are the classic American success story, resplendent with an Ellis Island beginning and inspiring lessons about what it takes to make it in the land of opportunity - hard work, family unity and an entrepreneurial spirit. 

The de Jongs founded San Marcos-based Hollandia Dairy, one of the most successful dairy businesses to come out of San Diego County and still going strong more than 60 years after its humble beginning. But before the de Jongs made it in America, they were immigrants who could not speak English and had just $35 in their possession. READ MORE.



The Medical Education Resource Center located on the second floor of the Palomar Medical Center opened to physicians, staff and the community in June 2014 thanks to the generosity of employees and private donors, including the Jack and Caroline Raymond Family and the Arie and Anneke de Jong Family.The resource center includes two conference rooms that will be available for staff and board meetings, Continuing Medical Education (CME), as well as teleconferencing consultation calls between Palomar Health doctors and specialists.  VIEW PHOTOS.


For 10,000 years, the ancestors of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians inhabited the lands now served by the Palomar Health District living in a spirit of cooperation with neighboring tribes and preserving the ecosystem for future generations. oday the Rincon Band is continuing that tradition by committing almost half a million dollars to date to the Palomar Health Foundation to support healthcare in northern San Diego County. READ MORE
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