Patient and Donor Stories

Patient Spotlights



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. 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. Her husband, Pedro, was hospitalized and no one could help her. Afraid, she thought of calling her children. She looked down and saw that something had separated in her lower left leg. FOLLOW HER RECOVERY.


Donor Spotlights


The following is a sampling of some of our very generous benefactors whose contributions help continue the life-saving care that is provided at Palomar Health.


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.

  • Palomar Medical Center Escondido


    2185 Citracado Parkway

    Escondido, CA 92029


  • Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido


    555 East Valley Parkway

    Escondido, CA 92025


  • Palomar Medical Center Poway


    15615 Pomerado Road

    Poway, CA 92064