Local doctor is finalist for 'Hero' award



A local family practice physician known for the caring and attentive way he tends to his patients, who are mostly the elderly, was recently named a 2015 Senior Care Hero Award finalist.

Dr. Jose De Souza Jr., of Centers for Family in Los Alamitos, was among the final nominees for the award program that honors the unsung heroes in the local senior industry. The program is sponsored by SeniorServ, the county's largest Meals on Wheels and nonprofit senior nutrition provider. The award winners were announced on Oct. 17 during the awards Gala at the City National Grove of Anaheim.

De Souza, who has practiced in the area for 25 years, was nominated because of the high regard and compassion he has shown for his senior patients and their extended families. In particular, he was credited for his caring bedside manner, attentive listening and overall professional integrity. He was also cited for his constant willingness to give up his personal time to handle priority or urgent cases.

"His patients really trust him and they know that he won't over-diagnose or prescribe medication they don't really need or send them all over the place for testing," is how he was described in award nomination testimony. "Seniors just really love him. Dr. De Souza is the right physician for the job."

In the testimony, it was noted that nearly all of De Souza's staff members and their parents choose him as their primary care physician. "He diagnosed my husband with cancer in August 2005 and took wonderful care of him until he passed away," wrote one employee. "Dr. De Souza would come to my house to see my husband and take care of him when he was no longer able to walk.

De Souza's spirit and concern for the health needs of the community also extends beyond his practice, according to testimony. He and his wife work at a free clinic in Los Alamitos.

He co-founded the facility with a colleague several years ago as a way to service those in need who don't have access to professional health services.

"This caring, highly compassionate physician is very deserving," the testimony declared.

For more information about the awards, go to http://www.seniorcareheroawards.org

SOURCES:

•    Press Enterprise 10/28/15

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