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Palomar Health Reviews

Updated January 10, 2018
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Palomar Health Interim President and CEO Diane Hansen
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Pros
  • Sense of community, teamwork, good benefits (in 4 reviews)

  • Great place to work and really great people (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • All this activity based leadership just confuses and in some cases can interfere with patient care (in 6 reviews)

  • I have been there for many years since Palomar's transition into the new hospital, and I have seen the decline of the culture in their management (in 5 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst
    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palomar Health full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work and really great people. I really enjoy my job and the team that I work with. My manager is amazing and really supportive of our career goals and continuing to push into the future. I am excited to work here and look forward to many years with this company.

    Cons

    There are no cons for myself.


  2. "Same old concerns"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Leader in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Leader in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Palomar Health full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Caring staff. Very patient focused

    Cons

    Same old, same old. I believe that CEO Covert was well intentioned but I believe he spent a lot of unnecessary money on activity based leadership. First, University of Michigan business gurus $ spent on "culture change". Tremendous investment in Magnet status. Way over budget on new hospital. All of these things are "good ideas" but neither leadership nor staff was prepared to sustain theses changes. The Studer Group is another yet another undertaking. Major time and record keeping. The leadership just keeps trying the flavor of the week. Round, and get in touch with the staff -- collaborate with staff and identity three needed changes, communicate, communicate, and work toward THIS. All this activity based leadership just confuses and in some cases can interfere with patient care. Organizations task their department based leaders on "checking the boxes" on their progress reports regarding these activities and
    busyness other than leading. It is a tough job and the reality is there are only so many hours in a day
    I am encouraged by the new CEO, she has a very good background.

    Advice to Management

    See above. Be bold. My advice is to simplify --get back to patient care fundamentals. Disengage the consultants -- work and develop your first line supervisors. Also focus on the levels of management between CEO and staff. Too much gets lost in translation when there are more than 3 or 4 .

  3. "Palomar Health"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Guest Service Representative in Escondido, CA
    Current Employee - Guest Service Representative in Escondido, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Palomar Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Staff is great; always there for each other
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Always short staffed
    Not enough resources when needed


  4. "PPH"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Palomar Health full-time

    Pros

    Newer hospital, private rooms, many doctors are very caring and easy going and take suggestions from nursing staff.

    Cons

    Overtime pay is exactly the same whether it's Christmas Day, New Years Day or any other day in the year. If they offe OT, really no incentive to work a major holiday for same pay. Palomar wouldn't offer double time if the hospital was on fire and they were desperate for nurses.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to walk the units and be front line for what's happening on th floors. Don't just walk through the ED at 8am and say looking good. Come by around 5pm when there's 40 patients in the waiting room and 5 hour waits.


  5. "work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Palomar Health part-time

    Pros

    great co-workers and most of the supervisors

    Cons

    management needs to be more visible and involve staff in decision making


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Kitchen Staff"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Palomar Health part-time

    Pros

    The Food and Nutrition Department tries to reward their employees when they deserve it.

    Cons

    The staff in the kitchen needs more vigilance, they tend to get lazy if no supervisors/managers are around, which is very often.

    Advice to Management

    Reward only to those employees that really deserve it and pay more attention to people who don't work.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "RN"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ICU RN in Escondido, CA
    Current Employee - ICU RN in Escondido, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Palomar Health part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Love the supportive fellow nursing staff. They encourage education and there are always growth opportunities for those who want it.

    Cons

    Like anywhere dealing with Dr attitudes of arrogance can be difficult to handle. There needs to be better education for these docs on how respectful deal with conflict that may arise.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to balance the new grad ratios with experienced RNs better in the Icu. I find it a huge saftey concern for the patients when there are so many new grads on the floor.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Clinical Nurse II"

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    Current Employee - Clinical RN II in Escondido, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical RN II in Escondido, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Palomar Health part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good, union helps employees, very good HMO health plan through Sharp. Very good orientation for employees

    Cons

    We are understaffed most of the time and our workload keeps increasing. The chairs and workstations we chart at are very uncomfortable and many are broken

    Advice to Management

    Staffing needs to improve in postpartum soon or you are going to lose more nurses to other hospitals! We need to have a CNA and a secretary every shift or the workload isn't maneagable caring for 4 couplets most nights. We have too much teaching and breastfeeding help to give new moms and we also have many higher acuity patients that need hourly respirations and output, etc. It is impossible to check on each patient every hour with the workload we have!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not the greatest place to be a nurse."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Palomar Health full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful hospital. Most of the staff is pretty nice.

    Cons

    Employees are treated like numbers in a hat. Not listened to, not cared for.

    Advice to Management

    Not enough words in the word allowance.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "You decide"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Orthopedic Technician in Escondido, CA
    Former Employee - Orthopedic Technician in Escondido, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Palomar Health full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great ER and Trauma Staff

    Cons

    Management does not listen to it's employees

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and your employees will take care of you


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