Palomar Medical Center Escondido

79%

Patients that would definitely recommend
9% higher than the national average

Awards

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Hospital Quality Awards

America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019)

Top 5% in the nation for consistently delivering clinical quality

Specialty Clinical Quality Awards

America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)

Superior clinical outcomes in knee and hip replacement

America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)

Superior clinical outcomes in back and neck surgery, spinal fusion, hip fracture treatment, hip replacement, and total knee replacement

Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ (2019)

Superior clinical outcomes in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia

Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™ (2017)

Superior clinical outcomes in colorectal surgeries, gallbladder removal, esophageal/stomach surgeries, small intestine surgeries, and treating bowel obstruction, gastrointestinal bleeds, and pancreatitis

Safety Ratings

How well a hospital safeguards patients from potential complications

An event relating to foreign objects left in body during a surgery or procedure

1 rating was worse than expected

  • Breakdown of abdominal incision site

3 ratings were better than expected

9 ratings were as expected

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Hospital Quality

Clinical Ratings

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Data Source

Patient Experience

Patient experience measures tell you how patients felt about the care they received at the hospital. These measures are based on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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77%

Patients who gave a rating of 9 or 10
8% higher than the national average

79%

Would definitely recommend
9% higher than the national average

Palomar Medical Center Escondido

National Average

Communication with doctors

Percent of patients who said that doctors always listened to them and explained things well

100%50%0%82%81%

Communication with nurses

Percent of patients who said that nurses always listened to them and explained things well

100%50%0%80%78%

Communication about medicines

Percent of patients who said that staff always explained medicines before giving them to patients

100%50%0%62%63%

Discharge Information

Percent of patients who said they were given information about recovering at home

100%50%0%87%84%

Responsiveness of hospital staff

Percent of patients who said they always received help quickly from hospital staff

100%50%0%61%66%

Palomar Medical Center Escondido

National Average

Quietness

Percent of patients who said the area around their rooms was always kept quiet at night

100%50%0%56%60%

Cleanliness

Percent of patients who said their room and bathroom were always kept clean

100%50%0%70%73%

Providers

Dr. Tamara Aburto-Pratt, MD

Family Medicine

11 Ratings
Dr. Tamara Aburto-Pratt, MD

Dr. Payam Afshar, MD

Gastroenterology

4 Ratings
Dr. Payam Afshar, MD

Dr. John Anshus, MD

Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine

1 Ratings
Dr. John Anshus, MD

Dr. Nasrin Arbabi, MD

Family Medicine

18 Ratings
Dr. Nasrin Arbabi, MD

Dr. Amir Asgari, MD

Internal Medicine

Dr. Amir Asgari, MD

Dr. Elena Atchikova, MD

Internal Medicine

Dr. Elena Atchikova, MD

Dr. Bradley Bailey, MD

Emergency Medicine

2 Ratings
Dr. Bradley Bailey, MD

Dr. Erica Bailey, MD

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Erica Bailey, MD

Dr. Timothy Bailey, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

27 Ratings
Dr. Timothy Bailey, MD

Dr. Philip Balikian, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

21 Ratings
Dr. Philip Balikian, MD

Dr. Maryam Balouch, MD

Cardiology

Dr. Maryam Balouch, MD

Dr. Behzad Baniadam, MD

Family Medicine

6 Ratings
Dr. Behzad Baniadam, MD

Dr. Daniel Barba, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

18 Ratings
Dr. Daniel Barba, MD

Dr. Eric Barco, MD

Internal Medicine

Dr. Eric Barco, MD

Dr. Munish Batra, MD

Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

18 Ratings
Dr. Munish Batra, MD

Dr. Hamed Bayat, MD

Cardiology

18 Ratings
Dr. Hamed Bayat, MD

Dr. Robert Belsher, MD

Internal Medicine

Dr. Robert Belsher, MD

Dr. Frank Bender, MD

Pulmonary Disease

5 Ratings
Dr. Frank Bender, MD

Dr. Sandhya Bhalla-Regev, MD

Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Dr. Sandhya Bhalla-Regev, MD

Dr. Neha Bhoomreddy, MD

Hospital Medicine

Dr. Neha Bhoomreddy, MD

Dr. Farschad Birdjandi, MD

Nuclear Medicine

2 Ratings
Dr. Farschad Birdjandi, MD

Dr. Emad Bishay, MD

Internal Medicine

4 Ratings
Dr. Emad Bishay, MD

Dr. Roger Bitar, MD

Infectious Disease Medicine

Dr. Roger Bitar, MD

Dr. Ellen Blando, MD

Family Medicine

13 Ratings
Dr. Ellen Blando, MD

Dr. Sayed Bokhari, MD

Critical Care Surgery

6 Ratings
Dr. Sayed Bokhari, MD

Dr. Saman Borghei, MD

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Saman Borghei, MD

Dr. Philip Bosch, MD

Urology

19 Ratings
Dr. Philip Bosch, MD

Dr. James Bried, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

120 Ratings
Dr. James Bried, MD

Dr. Todd Brilliant, DDS

Dentistry

Dr. Todd Brilliant, DDS

Dr. Nicholle Bromley, MD

Emergency Medicine

4 Ratings
Dr. Nicholle Bromley, MD

Dr. Ryan Bromm, DO

Pediatrics

6 Ratings
Dr. Ryan Bromm, DO

Dr. Casey Buitenhuys, MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Dr. Casey Buitenhuys, MD

Dr. Anatoly Bulkin, MD

Vascular Surgery

11 Ratings
Dr. Anatoly Bulkin, MD

Dr. Duane Buringrud, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology

4 Ratings
Dr. Duane Buringrud, MD

Dr. Michael Burke, MD

Diagnostic Radiology

Dr. Michael Burke, MD

Dr. Gregory Campbell, MD

Critical Care Surgery

9 Ratings
Dr. Gregory Campbell, MD

Dr. Ronald Cann, MD

Psychiatry

Dr. Ronald Cann, MD

Dr. Amanda Caparso, DO

Internal Medicine

6 Ratings
Dr. Amanda Caparso, DO

Dr. Kenneth Carr, MD

Cardiology

23 Ratings
Dr. Kenneth Carr, MD

Dr. David Carty, MD

Internal Medicine

26 Ratings
Dr. David Carty, MD

Dr. Oscar Cepero, MD

Anesthesiology

Dr. Oscar Cepero, MD

Dr. Joseph Chammas, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

3 Ratings
Dr. Joseph Chammas, MD

Dr. Edmond Chan, MD

Vascular Surgery

13 Ratings
Dr. Edmond Chan, MD

Dr. Alexander Chang, MD

Vascular Surgery

1 Ratings
Dr. Alexander Chang, MD

Dr. Haritha Chelimilla, MD

Gastroenterology

1 Ratings
Dr. Haritha Chelimilla, MD

Dr. Andrew Chen, MD

Cardiology

6 Ratings
Dr. Andrew Chen, MD

Dr. Yeukkei Cheung, MD

Orthopedics

2 Ratings
Dr. Yeukkei Cheung, MD

Dr. Larry Chiang, MD

Internal Medicine

9 Ratings
Dr. Larry Chiang, MD

Dr. Maribeth Chong, MD

Internal Medicine

22 Ratings
Dr. Maribeth Chong, MD

Dr. Yoo Jin Chong, MD

Internal Medicine

41 Ratings
Dr. Yoo Jin Chong, MD

Dr. Branislav Cizmar, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology

13 Ratings
Dr. Branislav Cizmar, MD

Dr. Kathy Clewell, MD

Internal Medicine

32 Ratings
Dr. Kathy Clewell, MD

Dr. David Cloyd, MD

General Surgery

13 Ratings
Dr. David Cloyd, MD

Dr. Mickey Coffler, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

5 Ratings
Dr. Mickey Coffler, MD

Dr. Lori Coleman, MD

Radiation Oncology

7 Ratings
Dr. Lori Coleman, MD

Dr. Carol Cornelius, MD

Family Medicine

12 Ratings
Dr. Carol Cornelius, MD

Dr. Paul Cotten, MD

Anesthesiology

1 Ratings
Dr. Paul Cotten, MD

Dr. Jennifer Cullen, MD

Emergency Medicine

1 Ratings
Dr. Jennifer Cullen, MD

Dr. Kevin Daly, MD

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Kevin Daly, MD

Dr. Jamila Danishwar, MD

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Jamila Danishwar, MD

Dr. Pamela Danque, MD

Cytopathology

Dr. Pamela Danque, MD

Dr. Marc Dao, MD

Internal Medicine

Dr. Marc Dao, MD

Dr. Arben Dashi, MD

Internal Medicine

Dr. Arben Dashi, MD

Dr. David Dassoff, MD

Family Medicine

3 Ratings
Dr. David Dassoff, MD

Dr. Muhammad Dastagir, MD

Internal Medicine

Dr. Muhammad Dastagir, MD

Dr. Joseph De Armas, DC

Chiropractic

2 Ratings
Dr. Joseph De Armas, DC

Dr. Bertrand De Silva, MD

Critical Care Medicine

6 Ratings
Dr. Bertrand De Silva, MD

Dr. Mark Deaver, MD

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Mark Deaver, MD

Dr. Charles Deng, MD

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Charles Deng, MD

Dr. John Detwiler, MD

Cardiology

16 Ratings
Dr. John Detwiler, MD

Dr. Stephen Dunphy, MD

Emergency Medicine

4 Ratings
Dr. Stephen Dunphy, MD

Dr. Beau Duwe, MD

Cardiovascular Surgery

3 Ratings
Dr. Beau Duwe, MD

Dr. Richard Engel, MD

Anesthesiology

Dr. Richard Engel, MD

Dr. Keith Errecart, MD

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Keith Errecart, MD

Dr. Keyvan Esmaeili, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Keyvan Esmaeili, MD

Dr. Marjan Etesami, MD

Hospital Medicine

Dr. Marjan Etesami, MD

Dr. Pamela Fadul, MD

Anesthesiology

Dr. Pamela Fadul, MD

Dr. Linda Falconio, MD

Family Medicine

31 Ratings
Dr. Linda Falconio, MD

Dr. Farhad Farjoudi, MD

Internal Medicine

2 Ratings
Dr. Farhad Farjoudi, MD

Dr. Ronald Feldman, MD

Gastroenterology

6 Ratings
Dr. Ronald Feldman, MD

Dr. Adam Fierer, MD

General Surgery

13 Ratings
Dr. Adam Fierer, MD

Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald, MD

Ear, Nose, and Throat

19 Ratings
Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald, MD

Dr. Scott Flinn, MD

Urgent Care Medicine

Dr. Scott Flinn, MD

Dr. Christian Fortney, DDS

Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

3 Ratings
Dr. Christian Fortney, DDS

Dr. James Foster, MD

Emergency Medicine

2 Ratings
Dr. James Foster, MD

Dr. John Fredericks, MD

Internal Medicine

Dr. John Fredericks, MD

Dr. Bruce Friedberg, MD

Emergency Medicine

1 Ratings
Dr. Bruce Friedberg, MD

Dr. Benjamin Frishberg, MD

Neurology

37 Ratings
Dr. Benjamin Frishberg, MD

Dr. Aruna Garg, MD

Pediatrics

9 Ratings
Dr. Aruna Garg, MD

Dr. Megan Gatlin, DO

Pediatrics

Dr. Megan Gatlin, DO

Dr. Bassem Georgy, MD

Diagnostic Radiology

15 Ratings
Dr. Bassem Georgy, MD

Dr. Sutapa Ghosh, MD

Oncology

6 Ratings
Dr. Sutapa Ghosh, MD

Dr. Christopher Gilbert, MD

Cardiology

10 Ratings
Dr. Christopher Gilbert, MD

Dr. Bret Ginther, MD

Emergency Medicine

2 Ratings
Dr. Bret Ginther, MD

Dr. Brian Goelitz, MD

Vascular & Interventional Radiology

1 Ratings
Dr. Brian Goelitz, MD

Dr. Hernan Goldsztein, MD

Ear, Nose, and Throat

14 Ratings
Dr. Hernan Goldsztein, MD

Provider Reviews

Overall my experience with doctor Smith was very smooth. There were a few times where getting a hold of him or his assistant was pretty hard but as far as treatment and my recovery i was very pleased

Oct 09 2019

Review for Dr. Jeffrey Smith, MD

Oct 09 2019

Review for Dr. Gregory Campbell, MD

Michael Ryan "MD" was so rude and unprofessional to me! Besides already having bad reviews for his orthopedic skills, he was totally rude to me! Shame on you Ryan and shame on Kaiser!

Oct 09 2019

Review for Dr. Michael Ryan, MD

Oct 08 2019

Review for Dr. James Bried, MD

My foot was dislocated, and fractured my ankle. He's an amazing surgeon!! Awesome work, and treated well. Such a traumatic experience, with the best outcome. Top notch care and surgeon!

Oct 01 2019

Review for Dr. Jeffrey Smith, MD

Consummate professional. Attentive to m y issues. Perfect example of how a specialist should be. Very nice person as well. Gratefully that he is my cardiologist

Sep 27 2019

Review for Dr. Andrew Chen, MD

l recomend it !! always getting gd answers im very happy with my breast implants ,all personal very nice!

Sep 27 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Laverson and his staff. They were very hands on and I love the results so far! Definitely a wonderful surgeon and if ever I decide to have another cosmetic procedure again, would definitely go to Dr. Laverson.

Sep 26 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

Sep 23 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

Sep 24 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

Sep 23 2019

Review for Dr. William Winternitz Jr, MD

I found this physician harsh and uncaring. I mentioned her to my pharmacist; my pharmacist’s response was “I hear that often”. Only saw this physician once; I will not go back.

Sep 23 2019

Review for Dr. Maribeth Chong, MD

Dr. Laverson is incredibly thorough and attentive. Coming to his office for all my visits are my favorite. The staff is caring and fun. I recommend Dr. Laverson to anyone and everyone. His skills have made me feel beautiful again.

Sep 19 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

Simply put Dr. Carty from my considerable experience interfacing with Dr. Carty as a patient he is the absolute best internist and especially a very astute diagnostician! Jutta H. H. Harden, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Sep 18 2019

Review for Dr. David Carty, MD

Sep 15 2019

Review for Dr. Michael Ryan, MD

I recently broke my leg. Dr. Sherman and his staff have been so polite and helpful to me. He’s a great doctor! I’m so thankful that I was treated by him.

Sep 13 2019

Review for Dr. Christopher Sherman, DO

Very professional and nice clean friendly office. Dr Laverson takes time and explains everything. I will continue to come back!

Sep 12 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

Sep 11 2019

Review for Dr. Jeffrey Smith, MD

Dr Laverson always spends a lot of time with me. He listens to everything I have to say. He really is an artist which you don't find these days. I trust him 100% and you should too!

Sep 10 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

Dr. Laverson makes you feel very comfortable in whatever he does.

Sep 10 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

Honest, punctual and caring. I have being seeing Dr. Laverson for 15 years and every single time has been an absolute impecable experience with attention to the smallest of detail. Would't go anywhere else. Not to mention the staff is amazing!!!

Aug 29 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

Aug 29 2019

Review for Dr. Paul Neustein, MD

I was seen through the emergency room. Dr. Smith explained my condition and the possible outcomes. I was received great care and treatment. Follow ups were informative and timely.

Aug 29 2019

Review for Dr. Jeffrey Smith, MD

I've been a patient for several years. I'm always impressed with the ease of getting an appointment and the friendly environment with Dr. Laverson. He's great to work with and easy to talk to.

Aug 28 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

Dr. Laverson and his staff are amazing. Very welcoming and professional. I always enjoy coming to Feel Beautiful for my follow up appointments.

Aug 28 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

Aug 28 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

Aug 19 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

Aug 22 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

Aug 21 2019

Review for Dr. Vivek Nazareth, MD

Aug 17 2019

Review for Dr. Linda Falconio, MD

I was very pleased with Dr Thomas, she really cares.

Aug 16 2019

Review for Dr. Gigi Thomas, MD

Always a pleasure and greatly appreciate Doc's skill and creative sense.

Aug 15 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

Aug 15 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

Aug 15 2019

Review for Dr. Yoo Jin Chong, MD

Aug 15 2019

Review for Dr. Maribeth Chong, MD

professional, kind, trustworthy, from Cherise to Joanne, to Dr. L. and Kourtney. We appreciate the great service.

Aug 09 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

great surgeon. always took time to talk and care for my procedure.

Aug 13 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

Dr. Laverson is like a Artist, he wants to make you the most natural and beautiful . He really follows his office name: Feel Beautiful I trust him 100% with any recommendation he has Thank you Dr. Laverson to make me beautiful Maggie

Aug 13 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

It's now eleven days after my upper and lower eyelid surgery, and I was out with women at a spa today, without glasses, and already getting compliments!!! Still a bit swollen, but dramatic improvement, very beautiful, just what I wanted, thanks Dr. Laverson!

Aug 07 2019

Review for Dr. Steve Laverson, MD

in my experience with Dr Thomas, she does not explain options well, does not allow patient to weigh options, but tries to dictate course of treatment without giving pros and cons

Aug 04 2019

Review for Dr. Gigi Thomas, MD

Aug 03 2019

Review for Dr. Ludmilla Ionescu, MD

Aug 01 2019

Review for Dr. Mark Stern, MD

Jul 28 2019

Review for Dr. Bjorn Nordstrom, DO

I was referred to Doc Rivera as a great attentive family practitioner after dealing with these clowns from Arch Health for years. He is awesome and is thorough and responsive. Some of these comments on here are from obvious whiners that would be happy with no one.

Jul 27 2019

Review for Dr. Marcelo Rivera, MD

Jul 23 2019

Review for Dr. Thomas Knutson, MD

Dr. Tordilla does his utmost to promote patient trust and to meet people on common ground. He is honest, caring, observant, capable, and makes visits as easy as a doctor's visit can possibly be.

Jul 19 2019

Review for Dr. F Omar Tordilla, MD

Jul 18 2019

Review for Dr. Christopher Sherman, DO

Dr. Hubbard is an excellent physician! He is knowledgeable, caring, and helpful. There is always that one doctor that makes you feel that you are in good hands and everything will get better. He is that doctor!

Jul 18 2019

Review for Dr. Mark Hubbard, MD

Jul 17 2019

Review for Dr. Kevin Merkes, MD

Jul 15 2019

Review for Dr. Daniel Barba, MD

Location

Palomar Medical Center Escondido

2185 Citracado Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92029