A state-of-the-art Palomar Medical Center West facility in Escondido will have 288 patient rooms when the first phase is complete. Gardens are also planned on every floor where patients can be exposed to natural light.

A state-of-the-art Palomar Medical Center West facility in Escondido will have 288 patient rooms when the first phase is complete. Gardens are also planned on every floor where patients can be exposed to natural light.

PALOMAR POMERADO HEALTH

CEO: Michael Covert.

Chairman of the board: Ted Kleiter.

Annual budget: $480 million operating budget.

No. of volunteers: 700.

Headquarters: Escondido.

Year founded: 1950.

Mission of organization: To heal, comfort and promote health in the communities that it serves.

Although completion is more than a year away, work on Palomar Medical Center West in Escondido has progressed to the point where David Tam, who oversees construction for the Palomar Pomerado Health district, can fully visualize the state-of-the-art hospital...

Emmet Pierce is a freelance writer for the San Diego Business Journal.

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