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Palomar Medical Center to Welcome California’s First Hospital-Based Sav-On Pharmacy & Starbucks

Lilia Rodriguez


Oct 23rd, 2013

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Albertsons selects premier North San Diego County health care facility to debut satellite pharmacy, coffee bar & gift shop

            FULLERTON, CA (Oct. 21, 2013) – Palomar Medical Center patients, visitors and staff are in for something fresh, convenient, and even a bit relaxing when a Sav-On Pharmacy by Albertsons and Starbucks Coffee Shop opens on the premises Wed., Oct. 23, 2013.

Located just inside the lobby of the new medical center, the 2,200 square-foot Sav-On Pharmacy which includes the Starbucks is a landmark facility, the first location of its kind to be built in a hospital in California.  Here, patients can conveniently have their prescriptions filled before going home and visitors can peruse and purchase a variety of unique gifts including jewelry and reading materials or even pick up last minute grocery items. The gift shop will also carry fresh floral arrangements, greeting cards and an assortment of restaurant and retail gift cards.

The attached Starbucks bistro-style location will serve as the ideal place to escape and enjoy a cup of coffee and some quiet time in a tranquil setting that overlooks a healing garden. This location will offer the entire Starbucks menu including custom beverages, snacks, breakfast and lunch items.

“At Palomar Health, the patient experience extends well beyond the walls of the hospital room,” says Chief Administrative Officer Gerald Bracht. “Partnering with our friends at Albertsons was a natural fit because they embody customer service and offer the added comfort and convenience our patients and guests deserve.  These services will simply enhance the total experience at Palomar Medical Center.”

“As the grand opening nears, we’re even more excited to welcome our customers. This is a new business opportunity for us and unlike any conventional store we’ve ever operated,” noted Sav-On Divisional Pharmacy Manager Perry Brown.

While the employees and medical staff care for patients and families, the team operating this new pharmacy, coffee bar and gift shop are eager to serve these guests as well, especially when an urgent need arises and they’re far from a grocery store.

In celebration of this special partnership forged with Palomar Medical Center, a special donation will be pledged to the Palomar Health Foundation.

The new Starbucks at Palomar Medical Center will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Sav-On Pharmacy hours will be daily 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


About Palomar Health
Palomar Health is the largest public health-care district by area in California and the most comprehensive health care delivery system in northern San Diego County.  It is governed by a publicly-elected board of directors, and its primary San Diego County has more than 500,000 residents.

Palomar Health has several facilities, including hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in Escondido and Poway as well as Palomar Health expresscare health centers in Escondido, Rancho Penasquitos, San Elijo Hills in San Marcos, all in North San Diego County, and in Temecula, Riverside County.

Palomar Health provides medical services in virtually all fields of medicine, including primary care, cardiovascular care, emergency services, trauma, cancer, orthopedics, women’s health, rehabilitation, robotic surgery and bariatric surgery.

For more information about Palomar health, please visit


About Albertson’s LLC
Albertsons, which operates Sav-On Pharmacies, is working to become the favorite food and drug retailer in every state in which it operates.  An Idaho-based company with a rich history extending back to 1939, Albertsons stores now operates in 16 states at over 600 locations. For more information about Albertsons, visit or



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