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Long Term Care with Dr. Karl Steinberg

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Jane met the brilliant and compassionate Karl Steinberg through The Beautiful Dying Expo. Karl was drawn to work with elders throughout the majority of his career. In this show Jane and Karl discuss the new surge of Covid 19 with the Delta variant and how it’s affecting the population in hospice facilities and nursing homes. Jane also asks Karl what he feels about individuals that say that the virus is not real. This show is packed full of big issues and tender moments of care. Join Jane and Dr. Karl for discussion on long term care on The Next Room.

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Karl_Steinberg_329501206.jpgDr. Karl Steinberg has been a nursing home, hospice, and home health agency medical director and chief medical officer in the San Diego area since 1995, including Hospice by the Sea, Life Care Center of Vista, and Carlsbad by the Sea Care Center. He is chief medical officer for Mariner Health Central, a 20-facility California nursing home management company; and Beecan Healthcare, a 12-facility southern California nursing home management company.  He also makes home visits on behalf of Scripps Health.  Dr. Steinberg received his bachelor’s in biochemistry from Harvard and studied medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, then did his family medicine residency at University of California San Diego (UCSD).  He has board certifications in family medicine and in hospice and palliative medicine, and is certified as a nursing home and hospice medical director in addition to having a certification as a healthcare ethics consultant.  Dr. Steinberg serves as affiliate faculty for California State University’s Institute for Palliative Care and adjunct faculty for Case Western Reserve University’s graduate school of biomedical engineering, and volunteer faculty for UCSD’s School of Medicine.   

Dr. Steinberg is the President of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and is editor emeritus of their newsmagazine, Caring for the Ages, and an associate editor of their peer-reviewed journal, JAMDA.  He is a past chair and current board member of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California.  Dr. Steinberg is on the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s Public Policy Committee, serves as vice president of the National POLST organization, and is on the National Quality Forum’s standing committee on Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.  He is also on the Board of Directors of the San Diego County Medical Society and serves as a delegate to the AMA and California Medical Association’s House of Delegates.   

Dr. Steinberg enjoys presenting at educational conferences to professional audiences and the public, and also serves as a consultant and testifying expert witness in civil lawsuits and regulatory matters.  However, up until the COVID pandemic started, Dr. Steinberg was probably best known for taking his dogs on patient care rounds with him on most days.   



About Jane Asher:

Jane Asher has always been a natural connector who has enjoyed a successful career in media and the music industry, most notably at major radio stations in San Diego and Santa Barbara. Several years ago, she stepped away from terrestrial radio when Empower Radio reached out and asked her to create a show about her passion. The Next Room podcast was born.

Demystifying death daily, she interviews professionals and practitioners from diverse backgrounds about death, dying, grief, beliefs and cultural traditions surrounding the journey we all must ultimately make. The show airs across 11 platforms and has connected her with extraordinary people throughout this community. The Next Room has recently become the official podcast of the Beautiful Dying Expo.

Jane is also passionate about being involved in mission work. She has been part of a team for over five years that has built homes in Tijuana for families in need through Lutheran Border Concerns. She has traveled to El Salvador to feed the homeless, Malaysia to help build a school on Borneo, and Armenia to work with women and children in the small village of Amre Taza. Most recently, she was on a humanitarian mission in the Dominican Republic. 

Her book, The Next Room is a story transcending space and time, of a relationship between mother and daughter that grew stronger through death. Written together, by initially enlisting interpretation through a psychic medium, The Next Room takes us on a daughter's journey through learning eternal life lessons on forgiveness, grief, grace, gratitude, and the limitless love of all, God.

Jane lives in San Diego with her husband, Tom. She is now answering her passion-filled purpose and writing daily alongside her puppy and muse, Mamba.