Meet Dr. Romeo Jamil Samouh: IEHP's 2024 Optimal Care Award Winner

Health Care and Community News

For Immediate Release 

Source: IEHP


Contact: Inland Empire Health Plan 

Kristina Hernandez, Media & Public Relations Strategist

909-552-0509 | kristina.hernandez@iehp.org

Upland-based physician Dr. Romeo Jamil Samouh is this year’s Optimal Care Award winner, receiving the recognition at Inland Empire Health Plan’s (IEHP) 2024 Mission Conference held May 3.


Dr. Samouh shaped his practice around the basis of compassion, working with his staff to create a welcoming environment centered around whole person care. His goal is to provide a relaxing environment for those complex conversations and allow room to lessen anxiety associated with talking to a primary care physician for the first time or the hundredth.


 “Some of the challenges of supporting the underserved is working with individuals who may not speak English,” he said. “But my staff and I speak their native [tongue] which helps facilitate access to care and educating them on their chronic conditions.”


Health plan leaders presented four Living The Mission Awards at the conference, each with its own meaning and IEHP mission-centric selection criteria. Of the four, the Optimal Care Award is the only recognition selected internally by the health plan’s Quality Team, which used quality-based criteria, such as clinical outcome and member experience data, to determine the winner. This is demonstrated by:


  • Clinical care and outcomes that exceed national benchmarks and consistently follow best practice.
  • Care that is seamlessly coordinated from prevention from across the whole care continuum.
  • Care that is built on cultural humility and respectful, holistic, human-centered experiences.


“I came back [to the area] to serve my community [and] make a meaningful impact by doing something that’s very rewarding,” Dr. Samouh said. “It hits home to me because my personal story of being an immigrant coming from the Middle East when I was six years old and having to really struggle growing up.”


To learn more about Dr. Samouh and his practice, go to www.samouhfamilypractice.com. For highlights of the 2024 Mission Conference, visit missionconference.iehp.org or follow IEHP on social media.

About IEHP

With a mission to heal and inspire the human spirit, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is one of the top 10 largest Medicaid health plans, the largest not-for-profit Medicare-Medicaid public health plan in the country, and for the third year in a row, certified as A Great Place To Work®. Founded in 1996, IEHP supports more than 1.5 million Riverside and San Bernardino County residents enrolled in Medicaid or IEHP DualChoice (those with both Medi-Cal and Medicare). As of 2024, IEHP also offers Covered California plans, further ensuring health care access for even more IE residents. Today, IEHP has a robust network of quality doctors throughout our two counties and nearly 4,000 team members who are fully committed to the vision: We will not rest until our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health. To learn more, go to iehp.org.