Work to start on Pomerado Hospital pedestrian bridge

A long-awaited $3 million pedestrian bridge will soon be constructed
at Pomerado Hospital in Poway.

Palomar Health officials, joined by Arch Health Partners and Pacific Medical Buildings, were set to participate in a ground-breaking
ceremony on Wednesday outside the hospital's emergency department.

The bridge will connect the hospital with Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion, which has many Pomerado and
Arch Health medical offices.

Palomar Health spokesman Leonel Sanchez said Pacific Medical is paying for the construction costs since it owns the outpatient pavilion that
is leased to the two medical providers.

Construction is to start later this month. When completed next spring, the 84-foot-long bridge will connect the hospital with the
five-story outpatient pavilion. Officials said the bridge would make patient, visitor, physician and staff access between the buildings easier. The bridge will go from the second
floor of the pavilion toward the hospital. After crossing the bridge users will access elevators to reach the ground. There they will find a new outdoor plaza outside the emergency
department's entrance.

"This aesthetically pleasing bridge is an important piece of the development of the Pomerado campus," said Dr. David Tam, Pomerado
Hospital's chief administrative officer. "It ties everything together, the parking structure, Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion, Pomerado Hospital and Villa Pomerado skilled nursing
facility. It is a critical link in integrating the campus as a whole."

Officials said the bridge would also ease access from the 1,200-space parking garage east of the
pavilion and facilitate patient transport via wheelchair or gurney between the hospital and pavilion. Also benefiting will be those using Arch Health Partners' urgent care
facility in case they need to be transferred to the hospital's emergency department.

This article was released by Palomar Health