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Dr. Karl Steinberg, medical director at Life Care Center of Vista, California, was named Physician of the Year for Life Care Centers of America on March 22, 2018.


The honor was given during a Life Care ceremony held at the American Medical Directors Association Annual Conference in Grapevine, Texas.


Steinberg has served patients at Life Care Center of Vista for more than 25 years, as an attending physician in addition to his current role as medical director.


During the ceremony, Steinberg was praised for making himself accessible to the facility staff and boosting associate morale. He promotes clinical excellence that has contributed to the facility’s five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He has helped the facility develop community relationships with hospitals and other organizations, and he is known for bringing his two dogs to do rounds with him at the facility.


“I have known Dr. Steinberg in my capacity as executive director, senior executive director and regional vice president, and his tireless and outstanding contributions to the facility, the region and the entire long-term care community have gone above and beyond,” said Sam Magtanong, vice president of Life Care’s California centers.


Steinberg is also very active in state and national health care organizations, including serving as the president-elect of the California Association of Long-Term Care Medicine, past chair of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and the current editor of AMDA’s monthly magazine, “Caring for the Ages.”


“Physicians play a pivotal role in the care of our residents,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president, “and we are proud to honor those who stand out in their commitment and their compassion to ensure the health and well-being of those entrusted to them.”