2019 SCHA Awards
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Kasein Gonzalez MD
Position: Chief Medical Officer
Organization: Empire Healthcare
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Dr. Gonzalez was born, raised, and educated in Cuba. After completing his Cuban medical school training and internship, he started working as a hospital emergency room physician in Mazatlan, Mexico. Through his act of service, selflessness, and caring for others, Gonzalez was allowed an opportunity to enter the United States. He had to start his education all over. He worked as a medical assistant, while completing medical school in Allen angeles, California. Dr. Gonzalez worked as a medical assistant, an entry level patient care position, as he earned his way back to becoming a credentialed and board certified family practice physician. Dr. Gonzalez accepted a position as a family practice physician at Gateway Medical Group in Anaheim. He became very popular with the Spanish speaking seniors and his patient based quickly increased. In 2017 Dr Gonzalez opened his own private practice in the City of Orange, and He launches an Independent Physician Association, Empire Healthcare in November of 2018. Empire Healthcare works with two Medicare Advantage Health Plans to provide appropriate and timely patient care to our seniors.
Describe how your Nominee has exceeded his or her Job Description, becoming a hero to you or others. Provide an example or as much detail as possible of the things that they do that go above and beyond their job description.
While Dr Gonzalez worked as an ER Physcian in Mazatlan, he went above and beyond to save the lives of two naval officers. Dr. Gonzalez enjoyed running along the beaches of Mazatlan on his days off. One afternoon while jogging, Dr. Gonzalez had to act quickly and decisively to save lives. Dr. Gonzalez saw a hotel balcony collapse with two men falling and getting severely injured. Dr Gonzalez ran to their rescue to immediately care for the two men. He also contacted the hospital and ambulance to coordinate their energy care. He stayed with them in the ambulance and managed their care in the hospital.
A few days after the naval officers were released, Dr Gonzalez received an invitation from the commanding officer and captain to tour the battle ship and meet the captain. At the end of the tour, Dr Gonzalez was introduced to the captain, who thanked Dr. Gonzalez for his act of courage in helping his officers in a life threatening emergency and following through their care until they were better.
With the help of the captain, Dr. Gonzalez was given the opportunity to reside in the United States. Dr. Gonzalez continues to provide sincere, personable, and extraordinarily care to all his senior patients within the Hispanic community. Dr. Gonzalez sees patients as a private practice physician, a hospitalist, patient home and residential care communities visits. He delivers the same kind of care and concern to every patient, that he gave to the two naval officers. He is a dedicated Physcian committed to improving the quality of those lives he touches.