San Diego Business Journal For the sixth straight year, Palomar Medical Center Escondido has been named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery, according to new research released by Healthgrades, which every year evaluates performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

Hospitals receiving Healthgrades America’s 100 Best designation have demonstrated "exceptional quality of care," according to the Denver-based organization.

From 2018-20, Healthgrades' research found that patients treated at hospitals receiving the America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery Award have, on average, a 41% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. 

Named by Newsweek as one of the World’s Best Hospitals in 2021, Palomar Health is anchored by two medical center campuses which provide an array of acute care services, obstetrics, rehabilitation, behavioral health, pediatrics and neonatal intensive care.

Palomar Health is the only health system in the county using the Globus robotics machine, a revolutionary technology that combines a rigid robotic arm and full navigation capabilities into one adaptable platform for accurate trajectory alignment in spine surgery. 

“Consumers can feel confident in the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery for their commitment to quality care and exceptional outcomes. The recognition helps provide peace of mind when selecting a place for care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer and head of data science at Healthgrades.

Palomar Medical Center Escondido is the only hospital in San Diego County to achieve the honor from Healthgrades, said Brian Cohen, Palomar Health Senior Director District Service Lines. "Maintaining this level of excellence in a normal year is challenging, but to have done it throughout the pandemic is a true testament to our team's talent and dedication. Our orthopedic and spine providers are passionate about getting our patients back to moving and back to the lives they love." 

Palomar Medical Center Escondido was also recognized as one of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement for the seventh straight year.

Established in 1948, Palomar Health serves more than half a million patients annually in North San Diego County. Through its network of more than 900 medical providers, Palomar offers services in virtually all fields of medicine, including primary care, cardiovascular care, emergency services, trauma, cancer, orthopedics, women’s health, behavioral health, rehabilitation, robotic surgery and bariatric surgery.