Health Care Pioneer Cástulo De La Rocha’s Salary Questioned

By Dave Bryan

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — In the battle to save California adult day care centers from extinction, Cástulo de la Rocha, the president and CEO of AltaMed Health Services Corporation, is a general leading the charge, even going so far as to run TV ads defending the centers from the plan to eliminate state funding.

De la Rocha is a legend in the East L.A. health care community, having joined AltaMed more than three decades ago when it was a small neighborhood clinic, which eventually grew into a $183-million-a-year, government-supported non-profit health care giant, with more than 40 medical and dental clinics across L.A. and Orange Counties and seven adult day health care centers.

No one speaks more passionately about the devastating toll closing the adult centers would have on senior citizens.

“The personal toll is huge. It is huge… We have worked with thousands of people over the years… There are huge changes in their lives and how they feel about themselves,” De la Rocha said.

But what most people may not know is that in 2008, when AltaMed’s annual revenue was $130 million, De la Rocha’s total compensation package went from $396,000 a year to nearly $800,000 — in a year when California’s economy hit bottom, the state’s budget deficit went off the charts, and health care and seniors programs like his faced the budget axe.

Dave Bryan: “Some people look at that and say, ‘wait a minute, you mean we’re talking about eliminating this program for these poor people and this guy’s making, close to, pushing a million bucks a year to run the organization?'”

Cástulo de la Rocha: “Based on the advice we have received, it is within reason the compensation level, which is also based, plus bonus and other benefits that are part of that, is within the reasonable standards that are expected by the Internal Revenue Services.”

But “reasonable” wasn’t the first word that came to Governor Jerry Brown’s mind when I asked him about the generous compensation package.

“It sounds excessive to me. But without knowing the facts I think it would be inappropriate for me to make a conclusion,” Brown said. “But I can tell you this, being Governor of California is a tough job and I get paid I think about $171,000 a year, so anything over and above that I view with some suspicion.”

Brown, who was given a copy of our report, was a little on the low side about his salary, which is actually about $174,000.

De la Rocha said it was the AltaMed board of directors that approved his compensation package, not him. He said the board consulted with two national salary survey companies, which agreed the increase was justified by the size of the company and De la Rocha’s responsibilities.

But when a third national compensation research organization ran the numbers for us, they came up with a different conclusion.

“The percentile that the CEO of AltaMed would be at, would be near 90 percent,” said Linda Lampkin of Economic Research Institute.

This at a time when the state budget was crumbling into deficit and these programs came under fire.

“It took me 33 years to take the organization to $100,000. In the last two years we have risen from 100 to $200 million… That is a substantial increase in this organization,” De la Rocha said.

But Mary Michlovich, who runs a much smaller adult day service center in West L.A., said it was the timing of the big raise that bothered her.

“If they’re doing that well that they can afford that type of a salary, why isn’t it going back into the programs and benefitting the people that they’re serving?” asked Michovich the Executive Director Opica of Adult Day Service Center.

State Assemblyman Allan Mansoor from Costa Mesa, who sits on the committee that oversees the adult day care centers, said he was appalled by a government-supported, non-profit executive getting a compensation package of nearly $800,000 at a time like this.

“That is an absurd amount,” Mansoor said. “You know if someone wants to go off to the private sector and make more money, that’s fine, but there should be some type of reasonable limits and oversight.”

Dave Bryan: “Do you think you’re being paid the right amount, you personally?”

Cástulo de la Rocha: “You know, it’s 33 years that I devoted here, as a professional here. Do I think that devoting 33 years of my professional career to this organization and working for this, do I think it’s fair? I absolutely think so. Yes.”

The chairman of the AltaMed board of directors, which approved Mr. De la Rocha’s compensation package was unavailable for an interview, but he released the following statement.

“The board is confident that the CEO’s compensation is not only in line with industry norms, it is well deserved. By this talented and tireless chief executive, who has devoted his professional life to building a network that employs nearly 1,900 professionals and annually serves the health care needs of close to 150,000 low-income patients,” the statement said.

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  1. Former Employee says:

    Unfortunately, this type of negative media coverage on the inappropriate use of public funds by AltaMed was a long time coming. I wonder how the underpaid employees that also tirelessly devote their professional time to the organization feel about their salary increase in 2008? So, so sad and disappointing from a man that is so well regarded.

    1. Here's Jerry's second try... says:

      The real issue is not his pay it’s the fact that he was fighting to keep the much needed senior services that Jerry Brown is trying to cut. Unfortunately Jerry Brown has nothing to loss and will destroy those that oppose him. He was an inefficient governor when he was young and seems to be so now. A governors job is to protect the people he governs not throw them off a cliff…

    2. R. Hahn says:

      Tom Priselac at Cedars earns almost $3 million with a $120 million budget. AltaMed’s budget is $10 million more, De La Rocha and Priselac have been with their organizations for equal amounts of time and yet De La Rocha earns a fourth of what Priselac does. The top paid execs at White Memorial, St. Vincent and Children’s Hospital LA all make more than De La Rocha. The CEO of Mission City Community makes almost as much as De La Rocha, but they only have a budget of $7 million rather than $100 million. This is a non-story.

    3. Really? says:

      R. Hahn, are all those examples “non-profit” organization being paid by state funds only?

      1. ALTAMED DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ORGS says:

        Or examples of HEALTHCARE firms that SING FROM THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS… look at us HELPING THE POOR INDIGENT… WE’RE SOOOO HOLY!

        NO!! Theyre RUN of the mill hopitals… their brands are not held accountable for being MORAL AND ETHICAL values required in serving the poor and indigent… compare apples with apples!

        And stop protecting criminals! YOU’RE ON THE WRONG SIDE HERE!

        PUT THEM ALL IN JAIL!

      2. Enrique says:

        I agree

    4. Concerned TaxPayer says:

      Unfortunately the public is just now learning about the excess spending, lack of ethics and greed that has consumed the executive team at AltaMed. This of course takes nothing away from all the dedicated and loyal employees that work throughout AltaMed.

      What many people may not know, either inside or outside, is that in early 2008, most of the issues raised here were brought to the attention of the Board of Directors, including the current Board Chair. After an extensive internal audit, the Board was presented with the findings. Because the Board would not take disciplinary action against Mr. De la Rocha or Ms. Escobar, FOUR members of the Board rendered their resignation effective immediately. A few months later as we now know, Mr. De la Rocha’s compensation package doubled.

      The point. This is not a smear campaign or budget tactic. All the IRS, Feds, and OIG need to to is talk to one of the four member that left which is a matter of public record.

    5. Honest Employee at Altamed says:

      “Look, if I want to build a swank mansion with a sweet dome at Monticello with my own dough and roll my own financial dice, so be it. But I’ll be damned if I’m going to swipe your wallet to fund my pet political projects. That’s theft. That’s wrong.” Thomas Jefferson. Castulo can learn a thing or two from Jefferson. Btw… Who’s attending AltaMed’s swanky gala at the Beverly Hills Hilton? March 11th for interested parties…boy, all this does stink fishy!

    6. How do you know? says:

      You don’t know what Brown does all day.

    7. Nancy says:

      We are given many chances in life to improve on ourselves and improve on the life of others. I am a former AHS employee. I have seen good and bad. I admired Mr. de la Rocha. He is always so charasmatic and down to earth. The others in his command-PHONY! Sorry. Mr. de la Rocha was admired by me, he was warm, compassionate and truly has a great concern to “learn what the employee has to say”. There are employee survey’s of appreciation but does anyone listen? I question if he gets all the information others have? He may be protected from hearing the actual truth by the “PHONY” ones? I was always treated with the respect that I gave others until: I wanted to talk to Castulo before I resigned. I called mulitple times, to no avail would he even give me the time of day. I lost the respect from a man that I admired, THAT DAY!

  2. Former Employee says:

    AltaMed is not alone in L.A. County. L.A. Care Health which was created by the County Board of Supervisors is another example of the fleecing of California. Don knabe was a previous Board member of L.A. Care and now Gloria Molina sits on the Board. Howard A. Kahn, the CEO makes over $500,000 annual salary and he hired a labor attorney (using company funds of course) to negotiate his salary. At least Mr. De La Rocha has worked at AltaMed has worked in the community for 33 years. Mr. Kahn has been with L.A. Care 9 years and has doubled his salary. The General Counsel, Senior Advisor, Chief Medical Officer, HR Officer are all well over $250,000 salary. All this using State Medi-Cal dollars. Do a public records request of L.A. Care and you will see the waste.

    1. Clinical Physician says:

      Reading the # in the article, I don’t think the salary is way too high. It is rather on the higher end, like the lady says,but he did his time successfully. His salary is on the high end of reasonable! That’s what she said. He did spent 33 years of his life taking a small clinic into a huge multi-million $ operation. Why don’t you folks who are blasting him for doing his job successfully try to put 33 years of your life in a single endeavor? Try to use that time to expand and be successful as much as he did. Comparing the President of the US and the Governor of California salary to this man is ridiculous. 33 years of one’s life compared to 4 or 8 years? C’mon folks. Don’t be a hater because he is more capable than all of us combined. This sounds like a political hit against AltaMed for their ad in support of ADHC. DON”T FALL FOR IT.

      1. B.C. Williams says:

        Amen! He has done more for seniors than any politician! Don’t fall for this
        mess….as usual…..

  3. Current Employee says:

    You are all so incredibly ignorant and ill-informed. You are talking about a man who works 18 hour work days 7 days a week. This man has devoted his life to his community. Even during the week of his wedding he and his secretary were talking phone calls and setting up meeting after meeting. He never has down time because all he does is give. When was the last time any of you even thought of giving this much time an effort to anything. This is a wonderful man who goes above and beyond for all around him and after 33 years of dedicated service to AltaMed he deserves this raise and so much more. The real issue is not his pay it’s the fact that he was fighting to keep the much needed senior services that Jerry Brown is trying to cut. Unfortunately Jerry Brown has nothing to loss and will destroy those that oppose him. He was an inefficient governor when he was young and seems to be so now. A governors job is to protect the people he governs not throw them off a cliff…

    1. juan dela cruz says:

      Maybe your present experience at Altamed is as “marvelous” as Mr. De La Rocha’s. Can I ask you if you are aware of how many longtime employees terminated during this period? Have you seen them so nervous every Friday, so fearful of getting an envelope with a last paycheck and a termination letter? Have you seen them cry, some even escorted by security to vacate the building? Professionals who even begged to do kitchen work just to have a job? Can I ask you how much you make a year at Altamed?

    2. Former AltaMed consultant says:

      I have met him, he is nice and dedicated but nt worth 800,000. He makes more tahn the president of the United states.

    3. Taxpayer says:

      I think maybe his working 18 hours a day had a little to do with his affair with his employee than his dedication to his community . . .

    4. Anonymous says:

      The top execs don’t make their money from the ADHC’s. There are many other programs and fundraisers.

      1. NO FUNDRAISING @ ALTAMED says:

        FUND RAISING & ZOILA ESCOBAR BIG FAIL!!!!!

        It’s common knowledge that NO ALTAMED FUNDRAISER ACTUALLY raises funds AT ALL except maybe… the East LA meets Napa Event… outside of that, at the end of every year, it’s comon knowledge here in the 4th floor that ZOILA Escobar’s department ALWAYS COSTS ALTAMED MONEY…

        Her management is a big fail!! The goal of her department is to be a HIGH RETURN ON INVESTMENT, for AltaMed, but sadly it’s an annual DEEP COST CENTER FOR AltaMed! Why even have such a department?

        IT would serve the community better to NOT have a community fund raising department, because AltaMed would save MILLIONS of dollars!

      2. Altamed Funderaisers do make money - For Castulo says:

        CASTULO, being a co-owner of The Rivera Restaurant & Bar in Downtown Los Angeles with the Board President Stu. They hold many of the Altamed events their. So Castulo can steel more of Altameds money. Boy, I would call this a conflict of interest. BTW – I love the “Zoila & Castulo” the Telenovela post. I can’t wait for the next episode. LOL

      3. RE: Fundraising @ FalterMed says:

        Yes, true this… Castulo has made HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS for the local politicians and his DESIRE to try to OWN the local politicos… has been successful. And yes his restaurant has indeed BEEN PROFITABLE….

        However, the Zoila department has been a DIRECT FAIL… AND COMPLETE FARCE. Nothing but a MAJOR COST for AltaMed. Absolutely NO ROI from Zoila’s work at all!

      4. former employee says:

        LOL. Ask them to have a show called “Honeymoon Months in Europe.”

    5. TRUTH 4 ALTAMED says:

      To Current Employee: The IGNORANT one is you. If you were appalled at the fleecing that the officials at the city of Bell for their RIDICULOUS salaries there, at such a small town… how MUCH MORE RIDICULOUS is it for this CEO to rape people’s tax money, WORSE YET, WELFARE money, as he supposedly “helps” the poor. Heck for $800,000 per year, WHO WOULDN’T BECOME a wannabe mother Teresa! You’re a fool, because if you really are a current employee then you also know that the CEO had an affair whlle he was married with his VP of development (fund raising), which at Hewlett Packard a tech company that isn’t in the business to serve the disadvantanged and not known for it’s integrity, is an ACT THAT MERITS TERMINATION! This VP: Zoila now his new wife, earns $395,000. THis woman has no verifiable DEGREE AT ALL WHATSOEVER! No education, so if you combine her fleecing of our welfare tax money, and his and let’s not forget his son who’s there at just under $100k/year Castulo is FLEECING ALTAMED AND TAXPAYERS AND THE POOR of nearly $1.4 million per year!! You need to get an education, and btw, Castulo doe NOT work 18 hours a day. Believe me many of us know! Ridiculous and DISGUSTING frankly!
      TRUTH 4 ALTAMED! With vacations, Castulo is earning $500+ per hour at what’s supposed to be a community non-profit. anyone that tries to defend that IS A FOOL! There is no way to swallow that HUGE PILL! NO WAY!

      PS: Castulo and the entire Board should be taken over the California officials and FIRE THE VP of HR Robert Turner while you’re at! This garbarge has occurred on his watch as HIS INCOMPETENCE is obvious to everyone there!

      1. Health Access Activist says:

        You are disgusting. Stick to watching TMZ … sounds like you value that babble instead of the real issue which is the 38,000+ people who are losing health care services throughout the state! It’s people like you who make Americans look bad and unfortunately need scapegoats for unmerited blame and treatment. AltaMed has been a leader for over 30 years providing health care and speaking out to protect, provide, and aide those the governor lacks any remorse for. No wonder these attacks are specifically funded by the governor. Get off your hidden computer soapbox, stop addressing us as if we are interested in the slightest about your maliciously embellished novela, stick to real issue at hand–saving people’s lives, and get into the community. What have you done to help? I thought so.

      2. TRUTH 4 ALTAMED says:

        TO: AltaMed Health Activist: you SURE sound like a Teabagger, someone that cares only for the RICH!

        IF YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT THE underserved patients, YOU TOO WOULD SAY AMEN TO CLEANING up the appalling salary abuse at at AltaMed. THIS CAN NOT BE DEFENDED or deflected with “what about the underserved that AltaMed assists?” That’s a complete RED HERRING! But you’d rather keep A WELFARE THIEF, in his chair, maybe b/c you’re in his pocket too? Just like the teabaggers YOU’D DEFEND CORPORATE INTERESTS, THE INTERESTS OF THE RICH over the people that need health services from a righteous ORGANIZATION, with matching leadership that’s equally MORAL!

        YOU’RE too STUPID to see that cleaning up AltaMed’s leadership IS THE SAME THING AS CARING ABOUT THE UNDERSERVED communities… there is NO difference in our objectives, THE BEST THING FOR THE NEEDY PATIENTS OF SOCAL IS TO DUMP ALTAMED’S CURRENT CROP OF LEADERS & GET SOME NEW LEADERS!! We ALL KNOW THEIR TIME HAS COME TO GO!!

        You’re very sick if YOU CAN NOT SEE HOW DISGUSTING THIS IS. No org that professes to serve the underserved should have GREEDY CEO PAYING HIM $800k per year, and his incompetent undereducated ADULTERESS $400k
        At Hewlett Packark Castulo would have been on the streets just because of the affair.. .Shouldn’t AltaMed, a non-profit have at least the same MORALITY AND INTEGRITY as a lame tech company?

        If anyone cares about the underserved and AltaMed FIRE THE FOLLOWING:

        FIRE Castulo de la Rocha
        FIRE ZOILA,
        FIRE THE ENTIRE BOARD!
        FIRE BOB TURNER!!

        I also suggest a DEEP IRS AUDIT AND INVESTIGATION, THERE ARE SO MANY VIOLATIONS THERE IT SICKENING.

        ALL FUNDING SHOULD STOP FROM THE STATE AND FEDS, and patients should be sent elsewhere! And finally if it’s not a law yet that such non-profits limit the pay of execs, then someone draft a law FAST!

      3. JKL says:

        I agree that an audit is in order. As a current employee, I am glad that light is being shed on the abuse of public trust. His VP is his wife. A woman that has little formal education. His son is on the payroll & so his his sister. Do I hear nepotism? I work for the organization & see plenty of good deeds, but I am not blind to the waste. Also, employees are let go with little to no reason & it’s shameful! For those that support his salary, pay more taxes to support him & his family. Better yet, go to Altamed’s gala on Friday, march 11 at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills. Can you imagine a nonprofit partying it up in Beverly Hills? If you don’t believe it, drive by or contact Altamed for tickets, although I may have sold out. If you want to make the big dollars, go private & stop pocketing medical dollars.

      4. blanca says:

        Robert Turner is useless!

      5. LOLA says:

        How about the fact that the organization has the same auditors year after year and look the other way…. someone should look at that. Are they independent?

      6. Yuumy says:

        It is sad but true and is a shame for the Latinos.
        Do a full clean up and don’t have mercy on them.
        They don’t care about the patients

    6. Former Employee says:

      Yes, there are many other programs and fundraisers but AltaMed’s money train is the ADHC and PACE funds. This information is shared at management meetings.

      1. former employee says:

        Thanks both of you.
        I am hoping one day AltaMed will face answering the gov. Where are the grants going? Are invested grants for “researches” being spent appropriately and are the researches “successful” or “failing” on their ways? Failing – here is the answer. Now, Altamed getting billion dollars from the government and infusing into a new pilot program called PCMH. AltaMed is proud to announce that they are the first in the Southern CA to implement this. More, they do not want anyone outside to know how much money they get from the government and how much they infuse for this pilot program. This is irony because AltaMed is growing so fast in this economic crisis, but hospitals are not getting reimbursed for saving human lives.

    7. Social Media Consultant says:

      It’s funny that all the negative comments are being posted by the same two people and that’s why they’re using anonymous names like “Ethics Watch,” “Rage,” “AltaMed Insider,” “Truth4Altamed” and “juan dela cruz.” These two people work for the unions and for Jerry Brown’s PR team. One is trying to take attention away from the real story (the ADHC cuts) and the other is trying to convince AltaMed workers that they’ve been wronged somehow when really their CEO’s pay isn’t even 1% of the total budget.

      1. JKL says:

        The real story is that AdHC and programs like it could stand to survive with a share of de la rocha’s pay & for that matter his wife & son’s pay to keep the program running!

      2. anonymous names says:

        Look who else is using an anonymous name, hypocrite!

      3. LOLA says:

        I posted messages here and I do not belong to any ADHC or government organization. I am just a disappointed tax payer that can not believe the abuse of non for profit organizations. This abuse is stem by the fact that non for profit organizations are not required to switch external auditors. Do you know that Altamed’s auditors have not changed for over 30 years? Do you know that the external auditor and Altamed’s CEO go into trips and are long time friends. No independent audit has ever been performed for this organization.

    8. T. Coan says:

      Many top execs and even billionaires in America don’t have degrees. Others in this forum have pointed to sexism and racism. I’d say claiming that one must have a degree to be an exec is elitist and classist.

      1. T.COAN = TROLL says:

        SHUT UP COAN! What an assinine thing to say. I CALL YOU OUT AS A TROLL!

        it’s a fact that ZOILA “hooked” her way into her position. FACT, and enough said, take your red-herring /spurioius argument that demanding a degree to earn $400k is classist…. as Jay Leno says sometimes…: REALLY? S H U T UP! WILL YOU?

        I got land on the moon for you to buy too…

        TROLL!

    9. JANINE says:

      LMAO!! REALLY!! U PROBABLY GOT FIRED THATS WHY U R MAD! HAHAH

    10. Searching for the Truth says:

      Thank you for your honesty and pointing out what we would otherwise not know. Please share more.

    11. Ruben says:

      You are a brown noser. I dont blame you for kissing in he hope that you next performance evaluation will be more favorable.

    12. Honest AltaMed Employee says:

      the pay is a valid, moral issue. why are some folks attached to the political arguement? ask the ADHC employees that received a pay cut when Castulo and Zoila doubled their earning if the salary increase isn’t an issue! Also, just this month all ADHC employees received their unemployment notice. Ask them if the salary increase isn’t an issue!

  4. juan dela cruz says:

    In 2008 and 2009 Altamed started cutting benefits and hours of regular employees with it’s anticipation of Medical budget cuts. Every employee was even instructed to e-mail senators and congressmen to appeal. Many long time employees were terminated, some relocated and a few retained. Then this news item comes out in the open, the CEO making double in salaray plus bonuses in this time frame and reverse for his employees who experienced cutbacks or even termination. Other healthcare operators might interest them on this one thing, I was told by an Altamed Employee in a higher position that it is only Altamed in all of California, who is not required a Treatment Authorization Request or T.A.R. to provide services to Medical beneficiaries. Something Mr Bryan could investigate more. If true, this is unfair to other providers who submits this requirement first before treatment is authorized…or declined.

    1. Ariadma Berkovich Moran says:

      All healthcare providers who accept Medi-Cal must submit a T.A.R. Medi-Cal will not pay for services without one.

    2. Former consultant says:

      Gee too bad employees may have had to cut benefits. They ONLY got 50 paid days off. Multiple employee appreciation parties and many more benefits. They are better compensated than the senate.

    3. Employee says:

      Employees aren’t getting terminated you misinformed wacko! The size of the staff has been growing exponentially. You aren’t credible.

      1. Honest AltaMed Employee says:

        All ADHC employees received their unemployment notice! Employees are being let go. Honesty please!!! ADHC closure effective September 1, 2011.

    4. Mireya Chavez says:

      I don’t understand why you sound so angry. As a current employee and Registered Nurse I want to ask. How easy do you think it is to “send these patients some where else?” Some of our patients our 90yrs. + and have no family to care for them. Regardless of whatever $$$ Mr. De La Rocha is making, these people need our services. In terms of his personal life, that is not anybody has the right to judge. He has created a system that works our clients receive the benefits. I think you are missing the bottom line. We need to take care of our elderly sick patients. So instead of sitting around complaining about how much money the next person makes. The energy should be focused on doing good for our community and aging patients. The CEO deserves a fair investigation without people like you attacking him. I personally might be under paid, but at the end of the day I find satisfaction in knowing that a life has been improved.
      To:Juan De La Cruz…. That information is in correct we do submit a T.A.R on all patients. Yes it’s true, that some employees got their hours cut in 2008, but they also were given an opportunity to relocate and get fulltime hours. Many long time employees have been given promotions and have room for growth.

      1. Dave says:

        I am thinking how much did this axxhole pay u to wrote this lie…… Altamed doesnt need to submit TAR because it is federal funded. Oh, maybe u r the axxhole himself………

  5. Ariadma Berkovich Moran says:

    The issue at hand is not about a person’s salary. This is REALLY ABOUT THE 38,000+ PEOPLE WHO ARE LOSING HEALTH CARE SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE STATE. The real issue is what the GOVERNOR’s appalling lack of decency is doing to these 38,000 people. He is closing down ADHC centers throughout the entire state of CA to ‘save’ money. 38,000 people are being denied not only their dignity but the right to continue living in their communities and receiving proper healthcare. This ‘report’ by this hack who calls himself an investigative reporter, should focus on the fact that Governor Brown is proposing to throw away more than 38,000 people. What is the Governor proposing we do? Send our loved ones to nursing homes that are stressful environments, or perhaps let them linger into slow sad deaths? Has anyone at your station ever heard of Journalism School? Perhaps you should look into it.

    1. Gloria Mendez says:

      I agree!

  6. YolandaGutierrez says:

    Not true about T.A.R. either. That requirement doesn’t apply to federally qualified community health centers, such as AltaMed. Federally qualified health centers exempt from having to submit T.A.R.s.

  7. juan dela cruz says:

    My rejoinder comes in two, on Ms Moran’s proposition, I respectfully submit my disagreement on her argument that the issue is not the salary of Mr De La Rocha, on the simple premise of reading the heading of the report. With regards to a TAR, both Ms Moran and Ms Gutierrez have posted unique inputs. My questions are, if true, why is Altamed exempted when others are not? Is Altamed also getting funds from the federal government? What qualifies one to be exempt from TAR requirements? Lastly, Ms Moran, all healthcare settings have their own personality, be them acute, sub-acute, out-patient, adhc -pace or a nursing home. A very good example is a previous adhc client was referred to a nursing home because care required was not met at the former.I will defend every setting for the dedication of the workers and I would respectfully ask you to look closer on how well regulated each is, compared to the adhc setting.Journalism is simple mind you, write what you see, unless you don’t trust your eyes.

    1. Former consultant says:

      AltaMed is an FQHC. They do not bill Denti-Cal, thet bill Medi-Cal a single encounter and get paid on the medical side. They do not need a TAR.

  8. juan dela cruz says:

    I tried posting a trivial pursuit but thrice each failed to make it. If at a later time they do, my apologies.

  9. juan dela cruz says:

    What’s in a name? Altamed got it’s name from a young Castulo’s drinking habit, that of announcing “ALTA” before raising his glass to popose a toast…hence the company was named “AltaMed”.

    1. JMP says:

      This is a lie…a very strange lie. In Spanish “Alta” means the tallest, the highest, the pinnacle. Therefore, AltaMed means the highest quailty medical care. Juan Dela Cruz just proved how ignorant they really are. This persion is not to be believed!

    2. Happy AltaMed employee says:

      @Juan dela TROLL, how’S that unemployment check coming along? you’re a complete loser, and a moron.

  10. Altamed Insider says:

    All this explains why the employees at Altamed are always told there is no money for raises even after working hard for the company for many years. Work hours for non-exempt employees have been reduced while other employees pay have been moved to the bare minimum to be considered exempt to be forced to work many overtime hours without getting paid. Now we know the reason for all this, Mr. De la Rocha was siphoning a good portion of the money for his own personal uses; which include his many “affairs” in the office. His new wife (a previous mistress) who also works for Altamed; is highly paid for an unjustified executive position. Rebuttal: Mr. De la Rocha did not work 18 hours a day 7 days a week. That is what he was telling his ex-wife as an excuse why he wasn’t home before he divorced her. Mr. De la Rocha hasn’t even visited many of his Altamed sites ever in person just to see how they are running. I think he should be investigated further.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Someone else posted that this is a smear campaign and this comment makes me believe that is the case. I work at the Corporate building and have for nearly a decade. None of the above is true.

      1. Justice says:

        I invitw you to visit the Adult Day Health Care Centers and you will see how employees with degrees are striving to put a decent dinner on the table. We are expected to work 6.5 hours and hold a full caseload of an eight hour. We should also blame the VP and directors from Long term care who ignore the needs of the employees so they could look good to Castulo in not spending money. For what so Castulo could take all the money home. We try hard to work with the seniors since there is a great need for them and sometimes we are their only hope. BUT come on, most of the employees at the site I am working for is over stressed and some are on stess leave. Many Employees are looking for the possibility to transfer or looking for another job, but with this economy and no jobs, We also have families to support. It is a shame how Castulo claims to work 18 hours 7 days a week. I have over 8 years woring at AltaMed, Castulo has visited the ADHC about 2 times and I am going high. Truely these programs shouldn’t be extinct but be further investigate, employees should get back the 8 hours and a just pay.

  11. Momma says:

    Unfortunate, but not uncommon. And it’s chump change compared to what the county is paying the head of LACMA . They report his salary as $150k but then, through a foundation, bring it up to over $1.3 MILLION. Same thing on a smaller scale at the Natural History Museum.

    These execs are generously paid once through direct county payroll and again through these “foundations” at the same time they don’t even let their minimum wage employees get in enough hours to qualify for medical insurance.

    Check them out at charitynavigator (dot) org and guidestar (dot) org and see how generous the L.A. County taxpayers really are. Too bad they don’t know it. And too bad it isn’t being made public.

    Sorry about the doctor’s paycheck, but he certainly isn’t alone. And it’s legal…like most of what happened in Bell was “legal.”

  12. RageAgainst TheMachine says:

    What a scandal! I cant beleive ADHC employees have been working 6-6.5 hour days for over a year now due to ” budget cuts ” while Mr. De La Rocha makes an obscene amount of money. Altamed states one of there ” CORE VALUES” is ” Employees are our most valuable asset”, What A Crock! This is a disgusting INJUSTCE! Kaiser nurses are on strike this very moment demanding for fair nurse patient ratios, Altamed employees should do the same and fight for a full paycheck!

    1. Gloria Mendez says:

      This is obviously a comment from a union organizer trying to get AltaMed employees to form a union. Unions are great when workers are mistreated and need to join together to be heard, but I’m at the clinics regularly for myself and my kids and my mom is at an ADHC and the employees are happy. They tell me they love their jobs, they are respected and they make a living wage. How sad that people are going to use this as an opportunity to push their own agendas.

      1. RageAgainst TheMachine says:

        All altamed employees should and need to be treated / paid fairly. Clinics were not affected by the reduction of hours so they are not experiencing the hardship that other employees are. And yes this is the perfect opportunity to show this injustice and do something about it! What is so sad that about that? People should always fight for there rights, hard workers should be appreciated and given the opportunity to provide for there families as needed. They deserve 40 hours a week , are you saying they dont?

      2. TRUTH 4 ALTAMED says:

        Gloria… do you drink kool-aide for a living? Stop the defense of the indefensible… you sound foolish! IT’S NO DEFENSIBLE THAT SALARY!
        Are you an ALTAMED BLOG PLANT HERE TO QUELL THE RIGHTEOUS VOICES of the victims of all the people Castulo has ripped off?

        Shut it already, you’re sounding like a pea brained republican… LOL!

      3. Honest AltaMed Employee says:

        lol…how sad that employees are discouraged from joining the union by Zoila! easy for her to preach that line. a union would benefit AltaMed employees. we are NOT as fairly treated as you may think!

  13. Marilyn Ross says:

    The gossip going on in these comments is juvenille, but to be expected following reporting that’s on par with the National Enquierer. Real investigative reporting would have noted that many nonprofit health care execs in L.A. are paid similarly to Mr. De La Roca. Perhaps we’re not talking about them because they’re white. Nearly all of the people who spoke in this report are also white. If that’s not racist, it’s certainly not PC.

    1. Happy AltaMed employee says:

      Amen!

      1. TRUTH 4 ALTAMED says:

        Oh my Lord… “because they’re white?” I think this is an appalling salary for any any color exec, and it’s a DISGUSTING salary for any CEO in any other similar non-profit! That’s the point! Just because other non-profits play Russion Roulette with public welfare money, doesn’t mean it’s NOT A SINFUL APPALLING PRACTICE!

        If this is the norm… then it MUST change, and those that are lucid the this terrible salary abuse as it was noted in the City of Bell should equally be appalled and disgusted at this news! Castulo’s household earns the following:
        Castulo: $800k+
        Zoila-VP/Wife: $400k+
        Son- $70-85K+

        This wreaks Marilyn, and to you “Happy AltaMed Employee” (sounds oxymoronic) what goes around comes around, and I don’ t think this will go unpunished. It should be punished quickly.

        Even Castulos face during the interview SHOWED HIS SIN, HIS GUILTY CONSCIENCE… it was the face of A BUSTED CRIMINAL!

        Unbelieveable!

    2. Anonymous says:

      Really Marilyn? So that makes it ok??? I can’t believe you’re trying to throw the race card here. They ALL should be investegated. This has been going on for FAR TOO LONG!

  14. Happy AltaMed employee says:

    I have been employed at AltaMed since 2008 and I couldn’t more proud to have someone like Mr. De La Rocha lead our organization. His dedication to this company and the cause for 33 years is unparalleded, if I had any say so in his compensation, I would give him more than what he’s currently getting paid. The man is not only relentless in his cause but loves his employees and is committed to serve the underserved community.

    Furthermore, some of the negative commentators on here are just simply jeaulous of Mr. De La Rochas success, some are probably bitter former employees who were terminated because they were lazy, and AltaMed did not want to waste “tax-payer money” on these lazy folk. The other disgruntled folks are owners or former owners of privately owned ADHCs that were shut down by the state for committing MediCal fraud.

    And to the poster juan dela cruz (I know it’s a fake name), it’s obvious you’re one of the lazy employees that AltaMed wasted “tax-payer money” supporting your laziness, sorry Juanito – maybe on you next job you will work a little harder and really earn your paycheck, get a life Juanito

    1. TRUTH 4 ALTAMED says:

      Will the PAID TROLL: “HAPPY ALTAMED EMPLOYEE” please leave the room now. If I were you I’d send out my resume asap. LOL, most companies like brainless workers that swallow kool-aide. YOu’re perfect. don’t forget to add that to your list of skills ok dear?

      LOL!

      If only you saw the number of people that QUIT ALTAMED voluntarily… it’s NOT A GREAT PLACE TO WORK dear. Unless you’re one of the execs which it sounds like you are…. the retention rate there is DISMAL! Maybe you’re NOT an exec, you’re actually just lucky to have a job? The level of execs there and their education was really low. I was always disappointed at the level of polish and knowledge in the execs there. A lot of incompetence.

      If anyone really cares about AltaMed, they’ll PRAY things get cleaned up, and NOT FIGHT IT. The people demand a major house cleaning.

      1. Employee at Altamed says:

        On the bright side, i see lives improved but plenty of room for improvement. Agree on all your points & I work there. Turnover rate is high & work processes are inefficient. Education levels are low within management. I like my job & colleagues, but one’s job is always on the line. One day you got a coworker, the next he or she is gone.

      2. Former Employee says:

        Applaud your comments

    2. Hard Worker says:

      Dear HAPPY, get off your swivel and do some real work! you obviously work in the corperate office and sit on your butt all day working your full 40 hours a week or more, How dare you call altamed employees lazy? If you had a clue you would know that there is no time to be “lazy” when your dealing with over 170 clients on the daily basis! Stop being such a kiss ass its not going to get you very far, the truth is coming out and lets see how happy you will be once your nice little desk job is no more!

    3. LAZY!!! says:

      I never saw a lazy employee the whole time I was there. This is a non profit orgnaniization. We are a social services health care provider. You don’t get into a job like this if you are “flojo”.

      1. former employee says:

        Yes, we have seen this at AltaMed. Especially, if you paid attention the “Last Fridays” are more frequent when AltaMed bargains from gov grant programs and at the middle of pilot programs decides to eliminate positions or make employees to leave.

  15. Smear Campaign says:

    $800,000….big deal….how about the banking execs who ruined our economy and made millions or billions doing so. At least De La Rocha works hard for his money and actually helps people in the process. There’s no story here. So I wonder what’s really going on. Could it be that Jerry Brown didn’t like Mr. De La Rocha fighting the ADHC cuts and so Brown’s communications staff launched a smear campaign. I just don’t see what the big deal is.

    1. TRUTH 4 ALTAMED says:

      I call BS on Smear… nice deflection, but again I repeat:

      If anyone really cares about AltaMed, they’ll PRAY things get cleaned up, and NOT FIGHT IT. The people demand a major house cleaning.

  16. N. Graham says:

    I agree that someone on Gov. Brown’s staff probably created this story to take attention away from the Adult Day Health Center cuts. The real story is the cuts. Let’s stay focused on that, rather than slandering a man who has succesfully created places for low-income people to receive health care for their whole lives. As someone who once lost their health coverage and didn’t know where to turn to get treatment for a life threatening illness, I am extremely grateful for the work that Mr. Dela Rocha and AltaMed do.

  17. M. Rivera says:

    Both of my parents were transferred to AltaMed ADHCs. They absolutely love it. Before, they were just left to sit there while I went to work. Sometimes a nurse would come check on them but we had many problems of them not cared for the right way. That place got shut down. And AltaMed took over alot of the failed places. Now both of my parents are happy. They get medical care now and it turns out my dad has diabetes and didn’t know. They get exercise and games and attention. Without AltaMed I would have to stop work to take care of them and I can’t do this. My family needs my pay. My parents are happy and more healthy, so I don’t care that the execs make good pay.

  18. RageAgainst TheMachine says:

    @ Gloria Mendez
    All altamed employees should and need to be treated / paid fairly. Clinics were not affected by the reduction of hours so they are not experiencing the hardship that other employees are. And yes this is the perfect opportunity to show this injustice and do something about it! What is so sad that about that? People should always fight for there rights, hard workers should be appreciated and given the opportunity to provide for there families as needed. They deserve 40 hours a week , are you saying they dont?

    1. C. Cornell says:

      How dare you use the Rage Against the Machine name to slander Castulo! Zack De La Rocha (the lead singer) is Castulo’s nephew!

      1. Who cares says:

        I highly doubt that! Btw, I love u chris cornell! Muah

  19. RageAgainst TheMachine says:

    There is no slander in any of my comments! Only truth!
    WAKE UP!

    1. RS says:

      What truth? Its only an opinion (you are entitled to) of ignorance; it lacks logos and pathos.

  20. Ethics Watch says:

    Its about time! The AltaMed Family has know about this corrupt guy for decades. He openly had an affair with Zoila Escobar for years while they were both married to other people. She is as bright as a rock yet holds a senior level position and is compensated like a fortune 500 executive. Go figure. There also should be an investigation in all his “personal” expenses. Who buys his suits? Trips? Gifts? the taxpayers do! This is outrageous. Its not acceptable. What about ethics? What about morals? This guy needs to go and shame on the board for allowing it. Get rid of him and go back to being a community provider, for the people, not for yourself.

    1. Ethics Watch says:

      Now hear this one – I hear he has an exclusive membership to the City Club in downtown LA and has had it for years!! Who is paying for this? The tax payers? Does he fly First Class or Coach? What do you think??? This is a shame that such an organization that is supposed to be helping the poor has a selected few, living like royalty. Sounds worse than the Bell scandal. Gov Brown, you need to look deep in to this.

      1. Ethics Watch says:

        Castulo calls himself a true professional for 33 years. How is a true professional someone that carries out an affair with his secretary for years a true professional????? No other company would have allowed this. Isnt this against the standards of conduct? Or do they have them? Everyone alway knew they were having an affair while both married but everyone was afraid to talk. He even fired people that spoke out against this. Sooner or later this was coming out and something must be done. Zoila, shame on you. You are a disgrace to all women. I hope you can sleep at night Are you proud of getting what you wanted? How many people’s lives have you affected, for the worse? Wow. Can beleive this story at all. Investigate further!

      2. taxpayer says:

        LOOK AT THE TRIPS TAKEN BETWEEN THE EXTERNAL AUDITOR AND THE CEO. ARE AUDITORS INDEPENDENT WHEN THEY GET TRIPS FOR FREE.

  21. RageAgainst TheMachine says:

    RS- All facts ! they will soon come out. Do you need to see paystubs of employees? Those will be gathered and presented just for you so you can see this has nothing to do with “opinions”! Just truth! What’s fair is fair and this is not!
    The people need to fight for what is right! JUSTICE FOR ALL not some!

    1. happy employee says:

      why dont you give us your name , not just Rage Against The Machine, pendejosay like a men and write your name down so I can see who you are?

      1. RageAgainst The Machine says:

        Che Guevara. whats yours? Chaliso? Or Lazy? Keep backing up the rich at the underserved expense.

  22. darkfuture says:

    The truth is 50% of the $80 per senior per day go to owners of ADHC’s pockets. For senior’s entertament, which any local senior center can provide. The most abusive program in CA Medi-Cal. Thinking of school lay off teachers, what a shame.
    Shut down ADHC! Or give the money straight to employees!

    1. ED'sCommonSense says:

      @darkfuture. Are you serious? $40 goes into ADHC’s pocket for every senior? Please give me some study that leads to this calculation of yours. I would love a business model that give a 50% in profit. Your “truth” sounds like a big lie.

      1. darkfuture says:

        $80 is the amount Medi-cal paying ADHC,yes,per senior per day. What they get back? $4 combo lunch from cheap catering. What else?minimum paid ADHC employees taking blood pressure for senior, organizing Mahjang game, dancing class, and one physical on-site physical therapist might be the highest paid employee. There are about 120 seniors each day. You do the math, rental for 10000 ft. What else? Where do you think that $800000 salary come from? And don’t forget the that’s just salary, owner might have business income as well?

      2. ED'sCommonSense says:

        Apparently when you request a study on the calculation of a business P&L, you get some individual’s break down of the cost and revenue. @darkfuture. You sure seem knowledgeable about the operation of ADHC. Do you work for an ADHC by any chance? If yes, then I’ll trust your judgment. If no, well…. You are still a big liar.

      3. darkfuture says:

        I know some owners of ADHC, they all have mansions and sports cars. Not sure 50% is the exact number, but the business model is filthy profitable. ADHC changed from non-profit to for-profit in 1997, after that the number of ADHC tripled to 300+ statewide. In 2004, Feds reverse its support in ADHC, CA became the only state has such program in the nation. If it’s really medical necessary, the whole nation should have it, the truth is only the welfare seniors have the access of it. no member is willing to pay$80 per day out of their own pocket,. There is no serious link between the hospitalization rate and the paticipating rate of ADHC for seniors. .

  23. burn ! says:

    @ happy altamed employee you sound like nothing more than an asskiss to me ! lol. i believe this story is true 100% . every single word and there is way more they left out or havent found out about yet.

  24. Altamed Insider says:

    It’s true Zoila D. Escobar was a secretary at AltaMed and after having an affair with Mr. De la Rocha for years was promoted to Vice President of Strategic Development and Community Support on May 8, 2006 with no qualifications what so ever. (Sounds like a made up positoin to me) Now Zoila (his new wife after Mr. Del la Rocha divorced his previous wife) is making $400k+ a year. Wow, what a jump in pay for a secretary. Seems like the entire family is cashing in. Look it up, It is alll true. CBS, look into that.

    1. Taxpayer says:

      Altamed Insider or should I say National Enquirer applicant, you are disgusting. Stick to watching TMZ … sounds like you value that babble instead of the real issue which is the 38,000+ people who are losing health care services throughout the state! It’s people like you who make Americans look bad and unfortunately need scapegoats for unmerited blame and treatment. AltaMed has been a leader for over 30 years providing health care and speaking out to protect, provide, and aide those the governor lacks any remorse for. No wonder these attacks are specifically funded by the governor. Get off your hidden computer soapbox, stop addressing us as if we are interested in the slightest about your maliciously embellished novela, stick to real issue at hand–saving people’s lives, and get into the community. What have you done to help? I thought so.

    2. Concerned citizen says:

      Zoila was never a secretary. She is not qualified. She was a summer youth worker paid for by a government program. She started sleeping with Castulo almost immediately and then they each married someone else and the foursome became compadres,etc. The poor wife…..

      1. No Baloney! says:

        . . . and the poor husband!! They repeatedly confronted them with the accusations and Castulo & Zoila always denied everything. A couple of pinche lowlife cowards!

  25. Altamed Insider says:

    Now Zoila D. Escobar is President of the AltaMed Foundation. In 4 years she went from Secretary, to Vice President and now President of the Altamed Foundation. Boy there are big perks that go with sleeping with the boss.
    Read all about it and see Zoila’s PICTURE.

    www(dot)altamed(dot)org/altamed_overview/altamed_foundation

    Just replace the (dot)s with a real . and paste into your browser.

    1. Happy AltaMed employee says:

      What a liar, and a crybaby…you must have been fired from AtalMed, probably for not doing your work but instead, being the biggest chismosa in the company, GOOD RIDANCE!!.

      1. Me says:

        “Happy AltaMed employee” . . . but the chisme is TRUE . . .she undeservedly acquired a position by sleeping with the boss for years! Everyone knew it . . . what did you gain from it? Why do you condone this??

      2. Altamed Insider says:

        Happy AltaMed Employee – Could your name be Zoila D. Escobar? Why else would you care so much or are you being paid to post good things here to save face for the company? Karma always comes back with a vengeance.

      3. TRUTH 4 ALTAMED says:

        “Happy AltaMed” employee (AGAIN SOUNDS SO HILARIOUSLY OXYMORONIC)! Your tolerance of UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR is scary! Everything Altamed Insider is saying IS CORPORATE PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE HERE AT ALTAMED– but everyone is afraid to say it. BUT NOW THE CAT IS OUTTA THE BAG! Or should I say the kitty is in the sack? LOL.

        In any event, if I were you, I’d crawl back under your rock where you’d rather say nothing to such behavior because the more you type and talk here, THE WORSE YOU’LL MAKE IT FOR ALTAMED… your position is APPALLING!

        And finally, so you know dumbarse- most people ARE NOT FIRED FROM ALTAMED! You got to have done something really stupid to be fired from AltaMed. The FACT IS MOST PEOPLE QUIT ALTAMED! THE RETENTION RATE THERE IS DISMAL. THE TOP TALENT LEAVES B/C MOST OF THEM CAN’T STAND BEING MANAGED BY THE DIMWITS YOU SUPPORT! So anyone here that was an employee at AltaMed more than likely QUIT! And likely had the talent to get better jobs elsewhere. YOu sound like you’d have problem getting a better gig than Altamed, I guess you’re a DMV – level employee….
        LOL!

        payback is a bear! But when justice is meted out, it’s so good to see. And WE SHOULD ALL PRAY THE JUSTICE CONTINUES TO BE DEALT OUT HARSHLY AND WITH A MACHETE.

      4. Burn ! says:

        Lol you can’t even spell properly!! You must fit right in with all the uneducated people there !! They probaly still have you employed cuz they love it when you kiss their ASS!!!!

    2. M.B.L. says:

      Zoila started with AltaMed over 25 years ago and worked her way up. It’s no one’s business who she fell in love with and married. Saying that she didn’t earn her position is SEXIST!

      1. me says:

        Names like A. Peterson, semi anonymous ARE paid ALTAMED TROLLS in the Altamed offices! This anyone in the communications, this post is a PAID ALTAMED TROLL, SHAME ON YOU FOR SELLING YOUR INTEGRITY TO A MILLIONAIRE… ARE YOU A TEABAGGER TOO?

      2. No Baloney! says:

        yeah, worked her way up on her back! I remember when she started . . . and she started her butt kissing to Castulo even before then!!

    3. T. Wright says:

      Zoila was never a secretary. She’s been an Executive for over a decade. All the negative comments are being posted by the same two people and that’s why they’re using anonymous names like “Ethics Watch,” “Rage,” “AltaMed Insider,” “Truth4Altamed” and “juan dela cruz.” These two people work for the unions and for Jerry Brown’s PR team. One is trying to take attention away from the real story (the ADHC cuts) and the other is trying to convince AltaMed workers that they’ve been wronged somehow when really their CEO’s pay isn’t even 1% of the total budget.

      1. me says:

        All these names like T. Wright that are semi anonymous ARE paid ALTAMED TROLLS in the Altamed offices! This anyone in the communications, this post is a PAID ALTAMED TROLL, SHAME ON YOU FOR SELLING YOUR INTEGRITY TO A MILLIONAIRE… ARE YOU A TEABAGGER TOO?

  26. LA resident says:

    AltaMed Insider you probably really work for CBS or Govern Brown, and you’re just trying to keep the BS going. Get a life!

  27. Our seniors says:

    Yes employees work 6.5 hours and were first told that it was because of the budget. We are professionals and there was no need to lie. It is so sad that at the end is our seniors who are hurt, Adult day health care centers are hear to help them feel more independent and employees work hard to make sure this happens even in reduce hours. It is sad that we may now lose our jobs because people are so money hungry. And like I said before the services are needed yes is frustrating that our job is not secure but it hurt more to know our seniors can suffer.

    1. me says:

      Yes, sadly, the seniors will lose because of this Castulo de la Roach and his fleecing the funds that should have gone to the seniors and the workers that are in need of the help and those that are doing the work, not living high on the hog like he & his new wife have been enjoying at other people’s expense . . .

      1. TRUTH 4 ALTAMED says:

        Agreed “ME” if anyone at AltaMed really cares about continuing to serve those that really need it, ALL THE EXECS NEED TO GO! Altamed will NOT grow any further with the level of incompetence at the helm now.

        NEW FIRING LIST TO SAVE ALTAMED:

        CEO: Castulo de la Rocha (captain of the incompetence & immorality)
        VP: Zoila Escobar (simply incompetent undereducated & fails 2 raise $$)
        VP of HR Robert Turner (for feebly letting the salaries con’t to skyrocket)
        SVP Dr. Marie Torres- (incompetent lobbiest & for letting all this happen)
        COO- Robert Gomez,
        THE ENTIRE BOARD OF DIRECTORS!

        ALL MUST GO! FOR THE SAKE of those that need services DUMP THESE TRICKSTERS!

    2. Gloria Trevy says:

      Money hungry? really!!! ADHC employees deserve 40 hours to provide a decent living for there families, how this this being money hungry? Castulo and his circle of vultures are the money hungry ones! An Empire needs its slaves right?

      1. taxpayer says:

        THE EXTERNAL AUDITORS YEAR AFTER YEAR NEED TO GO AS WELL. NO INDEPENDENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS, NO CHECK IN BALANCE IN PLACE. NO INDEPENDENT AUDITORS MEANS FRAUD.

  28. Altamed Insider says:

    For letting all this happen, the VP of HR Robert Turner is getting $270K+ a year. Funny thing, Mr. Turner and none of his HR staff ever returns calls or emails to anyone that has an HR problem at Altamed. Then if you get frustrated enough by not be responded to and you go down to Altamed’s Corporate Site where he is supposed to work, you can almost never find him or anyone else in HR. Altamed’s management is a joke. I have no clue on what they do.

  29. LA County Top 50 Clinics says:

    Clinic Name Unique Patients Encounters Paid Avg Pt Avg Enc Avg Visit
    ALTAMED HEALTH SVS 79 6,546 $801,005 $10,139.31 $122.37 82.86
    ALTA HEALTH SERVICES CORP 44 2,498 $398,381 $9,054.12 $159.48 56.77
    ALTAMED HEALTH SVS CORP 156 5,441 $1,138,709 $7,299.42 $209.28 34.88
    ALTAMED HEALTH SERVICES CORP 69 2,848 $489,471 $7,093.79 $171.86 41.28
    ALTAMED HEALTH SVS CORP 80 3,610 $566,349 $7,079.36 $156.88 45.13
    ALTAMED HEALTH SERVICES CORP 58 2,443 $406,145 $7,002.50 $166.25 42.12
    NORTHEAST VLY HLTH CORP 95 1,660 $429,463 $4,520.66 $258.71 17.47
    LOS ANGELES COUNTY OLIVE VIEW-UCLA MEDICAL 3,664 19,990 $9,580,235 $2,614.69 $479.25 5.46
    LAC RANCHO LOS AMIGOS NATIONAL REHABILITATION 3,183 16,274 $7,835,823 $2,461.77 $481.49 5.11
    LACUSC MEDICAL CENTER 8,503 46,898 $20,257,811 $2,382.43 $431.95 5.52
    MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.-HARBOR HOSPITAL 4,231 20,099 $9,366,847 $2,213.86 $466.04 4.75
    LAC HARBOR UCLA MEDICAL CENTER 6,901 31,770 $10,636,148 $1,541.25 $334.79 4.60
    ALTAMED MEDICAL GROUP- 585 3,687 $621,538 $1,062.46 $168.58 6.30
    ALTAMED MEDICAL GROUP 1,531 5,442 $1,537,293 $1,004.11 $282.49 3.55
    CRENSHAW COMMUNITY 145 1,049 $141,305 $974.52 $134.70 7.23
    SAN FERNANDO HEALTH CENTER 226 1,037 $217,145 $960.82 $209.40 4.59
    ALTAMED/BUENA CARE 193 1,582 $168,767 $874.44 $106.68 8.20
    ALTAMED HEALTH SVS CORP 274 1,382 $231,967 $846.60 $167.85 5.04
    WATTS HEALTH CENTER 1,095 7,748 $918,658 $838.96 $118.57 7.08
    EDWARD R. ROYBAL CCH 1,181 4,415 $968,196 $819.81 $219.30 3.74
    CENTRAL CITY COMMUNITY 2,466 18,261 $2,015,424 $817.28 $110.37 7.41
    H. CLAUDE HUDSON CHC 1,751 5,688 $1,306,435 $746.11 $229.68 3.25
    MIDVALLEY COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CENTER 754 2,669 $553,567 $734.17 $207.41 3.54
    T H E CLINIC AT RUTH 506 2,809 $365,956 $723.23 $130.28 5.55
    ALTAMED COMM HEALTH CLIN 229 1,228 $163,410 $713.58 $133.07 5.36
    COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY 225 2,448 $157,347 $699.32 $64.28 10.88
    EL MONTE CHC 1,103 3,373 $766,155 $694.61 $227.14 3.06
    ALTAMED MEDICAL & DENTAL 270 1,580 $181,912 $673.75 $115.13 5.85
    MISSION CITY COMMUNITY 249 1,663 $167,098 $671.07 $100.48 6.68
    SOUTH CENTRAL FAMILY 243 1,407 $156,770 $645.14 $111.42 5.79
    JWCH INSTITUTE, INC 751 3,879 $466,620 $621.33 $120.29 5.17
    WILMINGTON SUBCENTER 438 1,549 $262,823 $600.05 $169.67 3.54
    LONG BEACH COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CENTER 1,420 5,245 $849,845 $598.48 $162.03 3.69
    EISNER PEDIATRIC & 321 1,487 $191,965 $598.02 $129.10 4.63
    EL PROYECTO DEL BARRIO 303 2,126 $179,709 $593.10 $84.53 7.02
    LOS ANGELES CHRSTN HLTH CTRS 658 6,791 $377,325 $573.44 $55.56 10.32
    MISSION CITY COMM NETWRK 1,091 6,323 $618,739 $567.13 $97.86 5.80
    ASIAN PACIFIC HEALTH 340 1,744 $188,296 $553.81 $107.97 5.13
    HUBERT H. HUMPHREY CHC 2,214 7,194 $1,194,862 $539.68 $166.09 3.25
    VENICE FAMILY CLINIC 736 3,609 $377,385 $512.75 $104.57 4.90
    COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY 1,100 3,062 $546,114 $496.47 $178.35 2.78
    COMMUNITY HEALTH 302 3,130 $145,892 $483.09 $46.61 10.36
    CALIFORNIA FAMILY CARE 346 1,980 $166,736 $481.90 $84.21 5.72
    ALL FOR HEALTH, HEALTH 1,319 16,710 $616,437 $467.35 $36.89 12.67
    ARROYO VISTA FAMILY 462 2,942 $213,752 $462.67 $72.66 6.37
    VENICE FAMILY CLINIC 339 1,347 $143,890 $424.46 $106.82 3.97
    CHILDREN’S CLINIC, THE 692 2,829 $292,606 $422.84 $103.43 4.09
    EAST VALLEY COMM HLTH 351 1,482 $143,351 $408.41 $96.73 4.22
    LAC HIGH DESERT HEALTH SYSTEM 1,747 5,344 $656,964 $376.05 $122.93 3.06
    SOUTH VALLEY HEALTH CENTER 1,059 2,887 $350,864 $331.32 $121.53 2.73
    COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY 889 6,132 $251,829 $283.27 $41.07 6.90

    1. Happy AltaMed Employee says:

      There you have haters!! AltaMed is tops, thanks to our leadership at the top…Mr. De La Rocha is actually under paid.

      1. TRUTH 4 ALTAMED says:

        Happy Altamed Employee is sleeping with Castulo too!!!

        You are a lame arse, just because the clinic makes money doesn’t mean the mgt is good, it means that AltaMed is likely the only medical clinic in the area… AltaMed clinics are in areas that Kaiser won’t dare touch, certainly not Molina either, that’s what makes AltaMed so special, BUT TO CALL CASTULO A “LEADER” is to truly remain BLIND! Furthermore, if you do NOT want Castulo de la rocha fired, YOU TRULY DO NOT HAVE WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY IN MIND.

        Get your resume ready (if you have one) you’re a BABOON! You ought to embrace this justice!

      2. LOLA says:

        THE LACK OF HEALTH CLINICS IN THE EAST LA AREA THAT ARE FQHC CERTIFIED IS MAINLY DUE TO CASTULO HAVING POLITICOS IN HIS POCKETS. HE HAS BLOCKED AND TRIED TO BLOCK OTHER NON FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION FROM BECOMING FQHC CERTIFIED. IF CASTULO TRULY CARES FOR THE EAST LA COMMUNITY, WHY SHOULD HE BE TRYING TO BLOCK CERTIFICATION OF OTHER CLINICS WHEN THIS IS A MUCH NEEDED SERVICE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

  30. ED'sCommonSense says:

    Reading the # in the article, I don’t think the salary is way too high. It is rather on the higher end, but he did his time successfully. He did spent 33 years of his life taking a small clinic into a huge multi-million $ operation. Why don’t you folks who are blasting him for doing his job successfully try to put 33 years of your life in a single endeavor? Try to use that time to expand and be successful as much as he did. Comparing the President of the US and the Governor of California salary to this man is ridiculous. 33 years of one’s life compared to 4 or 8 years? C’mon folks. Don’t be a hater because he is more capable than all of us combined. This sounds like a political hit against AltaMed for their ad in support of ADHC. DON”T FALL FOR IT.

    1. Me says:

      @ED’s Common NONsense: Yeah right! If there’s an abundance of $$ coming in, don’t you think if he really held the seniors or employees in a higher regard, that he’d put that $$ back into the very programs that are in jeopardy of being cut instead of pocketing it? He’s been doing VERY WELL financially over the last 33 years . . . believe me!

      1. ED'sCommonSense says:

        You are mis-informed @ME. What does the state’s proposed cut to ADHC has to do with his salary and what he does with it? He is not asking for more $ to run his operation. He is asking the state to not cut ADHC funding so he can continue to provide care for low-income families. BTW, he does put his $ back to helping the seniors and employees. It is called payroll taxes. The taxes that he pays the state and federal go back into funding these types of program. Think before you write.

    2. me says:

      “ED’s Common Sense” is DEFINITELY A PAID TROLL! And if they don’t stop posting here, I’m going to post the LIKELY NAMES OF THE EMPLOYEES IN ALTAMED’S GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS & COMMUNICATIONS DEPT HERE, SO THE WHOLE WORLD WILL SEE THEM SELLING THEIR SOULS HERE! I WILL I WILL I WILL! 1ST & LAST WARNING… STEP AWAY FOOLS, STEP AWAY, & ALLOW THE FILTH TO BE CLEANED AND ELIMINATED!

      They ARE paid ALTAMED TROLLS in the Altamed offices! This message is for anyone in the communications & gov’t affairs departments, this post is a PAID ALTAMED TROLL, SHAME ON YOU FOR SELLING YOUR INTEGRITY TO A MILLIONAIRE… ARE YOU A TEABAGGER TOO?

      1. Dr. Jose says:

        You sound so crazy!

      2. ED'sCommonSense says:

        I agree with Dr. Jose. @ME. You sound like a raving lunatic with your facts and caps lock button all messed up. There are so many posts here by you. All of them are senseless. Please oh please give us the list of AltaMed employees. We need to be enlighten by your caps lock button usage ability.

  31. Former Employee says:

    Gloria Molina and the rest of the County Board of Supervisors prop up Mr. De La Rocha and Mr. Kahn (CEO, L.A. Care Health Plan). We need to hold the supervisors accountable as well!

    1. me says:

      You are correct they prop him up because Castulo de la Rocha does FUND RAISERS for them, at FANCY OVERPRICED VENUES and using NON-PROFIT AltaMed resources & MONEY$$$ (ILLEGAL), and he puts the politicians in his pocket…

      VERY FEW KNOW THE AMOUNT OF GARBAGE GOING ON AT ALTAMED I SEE IT DAILY! AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL… AND BECAUSE I CARE FOR ALTAMED AND I DO WORK DAILY IN TRYING TO BRING HEALTH CARE TO MY PEOPLE, I do want this c r a p vented and out in THE OPEN, because I do feel we libs that want to serve the people NEED TO AND SHOULD WALK AT A HIGHER LEVEL OF MORALITY, to show republicans how to live. Castulo de la Rocha, Marie Torres, Zoila Escobar, Robert Turner, Robert Gomez, are WOEFULLY DISAPPOINTING, AND MUST

      BE FIRED ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE BOARD!!!! NOW!!!!

      1. chaliso@hotmail.com says:

        you think you can run ALTAMEAD BY YOURSELF , you think you cando a better job than Mr. De La Rocha? if so write your name down , so we can give you the JOB Pendejo. I really think you are stupid and jelous because you are lazy.

  32. DKLS says:

    What a shame but not surprising to see how many of Dela Rochas minions are posting here (although the 800k CEO is probably spending some of his 18 hour day contributing to the discussion at hand).

    His greed-and not Gov. Brown-has done more to undermine ADHC funding to his personal piggy bank,.. er company. I am grateful for some of the posters above such as Momma, Altamed Insider and others for shedding further light on the corrupt practices occurring at a site which receives huge amounts of public funds. The salaries for other executives is equally outrageous. As noted above look it up yourself on Guidestar.org.

    I don’t think it is too late for him to make amends (the man has talent which if used right can serve others) but it will be at a stiff price. Accountability is what keeps many on the striaght and narrow. He, unfortunately, has created an elaborate system that shielded him from this…um inconvenience.

  33. viva la raza!!! says:

    Finally theres a GOD!!! Come clean if you know whats good for you, but I guess you can expect this from a liar and a cheater.

  34. Cordell R. Welcome says:

    While employed at AltaMed, I witnessed the reckless disregard for the covenant entrusted to Mr. de la Rocha by the clients of AltaMed. Mr. de la Rocha has used the funds from AltaMed as his personal “piggy bank”. The shameful extra- marital affair with Zoila Escobar was “water cooler” discussion each and every day. Ms. Escobar was granted executive level positions by Mr. de la Rocha with inordinately high compensation. Ms. Escobar made abritrary decisions to promote her employees with six figure salaries without scrutiny from HR or Finance.
    Mr. de la Rocha was infamous for lavish Mexican trips with his entourage at AltaMed’s expense. After one such trip an employee was promoted to Director and AVP in one year. While AltaMed employees were denied merit increase,Mr. de la Rocha and the Executive Team gave themselves large bonuses. Mr. de la Rocha has a very cozy relationship with the Board of Directors that allows the Board to due his bidding. The Board of Directors is complicit in the extravagance and misappropriation of public funds at AltaMed.
    Mr. de la Rocha, his Executive Team and the Board of Directors should be terminated immediately.

  35. juan dela cruz says:

    This is getting very interesting. I do respect each side’s opinion and have not resorted to any disrespectful words or worst name-calling. For those who did, it only shows how low one can stoop to a level of a trash can. For the record, I am still working at Altamed, am one of the few who decided to stick it out even with job uncertainty, and that’s because I have learned to treat my co-workers and daily clients like family. All I want is a CLEAN Altamed where taxpayer’s dollars are properly spent for the intended beneficiaries.We need a new set of leaders, firstly to ascend our morals once again and allow Altamed to continue. I also appealed to Gov. Brown on behalf of Altamed, let me now appeal to Castulo et al, do the right thing and spare us working employees from further demoralization.

  36. TruthBTold says:

    Sad but true!!! It is time to air all of AltaMed’s dirty laundry. It is disgusting yet true that while the CEO and multiple top executives in this organization get richer in the midst of a recession the employees at the bottom who put in the actual work with patients are rewarded with minimal compensation and decreased work hours due to no money in the budget. Yeah right…It’s also true that this organization cannot retain professional, competent and ethical staff due to all the outrageous practices that go on at top levels. It is time to clean house from top to bottom. Most saddening is the fact that those who will suffer and pay the heaviest price for this are the frail elderly. ADHC’s should not be cut but state money cannot be used to provide for the lavish expenses of greedy corporate pigs. CHANGE IS NEEDED NOW.

  37. Dave says:

    What an axxhole, one hand is cutting the hours of its underpaid employees and on the other hand giving himself a BIG raise. Where the raise coming from……….. The poor Californians and those underpaid employees…….. Corporate America, what a shame…….

  38. Payback is a MF says:

    Total incompetence. Everything needs to be reviewed. There are highly unqualified individuals throughout the organization. From the VP of HR who claims he has a Ph.D to Zoila Escobar who’s a joke. On top of that there are other issues that will show that this organization is poorly run by incapable people at all levels.

  39. Dave says:

    I am thinking how much did this axxhole pay u to wrote this lie…… Altamed doesnt need to submit TAR because it is federal funded. Oh, maybe u r the axxhole himself………

  40. darkfuture says:

    Let’s not forget the whole ADHC picture, there are 300+ statewide, guess who else has a $800000 salary, other owners,CEOs of other ADHC. Don’t forget that!
    If ADHC works as a hospital for the senior, obvious CEO’s salary does, we should let all the American seniors have it. Actually, they work as the same as any local senior center for entertament in the name of medical care.

  41. Chris Christopher says:

    Bob Turner is a liar too. He said he was awarded the Ph.D from Pepperdine. That is a lie. Check his linkedin account and google him. He wa never awarded the Ph.D….This entire company is a fraud. Check the “Director of Compliance” he doesn’t even have a bachelor’s degree and has oversight of the entire company…Check the credentials of key employees in all departments most do not have the academic or job experience to keep their jobs. It is like Libya if you are loyal to the Heffe then you are fine.

  42. Chris Christopher says:

    Zoila-395K? That is an absolute f-ing joke…

  43. darkfuture says:

    The fastest way to stop his salary and all his alike is to eliminate ADHC.

    1. L Voight says:

      You ignorant dumbarse, if these people attending the ADHC they will end up costing the state $5,000 per day when they end up in nursing homes. Your ignorance is amazing.

      1. darkfuture says:

        If ADHC works as an insurance policy against the seniors going into nursing home, the premium is sure too high. I am sure they will check into a nursing home when they qualify. Why don’t you buy me a Rolls-Royce for the safety of freeway? The theory behind it make some sense, but in reality, it’s the abuse that really cause the problem. I see most of the seniors in some ADHC can dance, shop, exercise,dine and drive. Yet, state pay $80 day, 3 days a week for these activities in the ADHC. If you have children who loose their best teacher in the school, what color do you think our future is?

      2. darkfuture says:

        If ADHC works as an insurance policy against seniors going into ER, then obviously, the premium is too high. Feds reverse the program, now is the state holding the bag. The theory behind it make some senses, it’s the abuse that cause the problem.

      3. darkfuture says:

        $5000 is the average cost of hospital staying, average nursing home stay is $219 per day. For ADHC reimbersement, $80 per day, that means with even more than one third of the members qualifyinbg for nursing home, the state still save money without ADHC. This so called innovative solution for elderly is a total fraud. The money goes straight to the pockets like Rocha’s. Let all the congressman know this story, they are trying to silence it.

  44. jcombs24 says:

    Dave as a former employee at altamed who processed billing at an ADHC I can tell you that TAR dates are submitted to the state. It is because altamed is federally funded that a TAR has to be submitted otherwise they are unable to collect. Think of it as a bill from a restaurant. Check your facts before you post.

  45. Happy AltaMed Employee says:

    The headline of this story says it all “Health Care Pioneer” NUFF SAID!! Perhaps you losers such as “juanito, burn, dark future, dave, truth” and a few other trolls should get an education and become pioneers in your own field and earn the right to have that title and all the financial success that goes with it.

    In this world there are two kinds of people, those that make it happen, and those that watch it happen. I’t obvious the trolls I just mentioned fall in the latter category, losers..

    1. ME says:

      Happy AltaMed Employee is PAID TROLL, probably one of the interns level kids working under Marie Torres paid to blog lies & reply the the cries of JUSTICE on this wall. Are you Kristy? Are you Marie Torres herself, Guadalupe… it has to be one of you, and you should be ashamed of yourselves selling your souls to this WELFARE THIEF, AND WELFARE THIEVING COMPANY!!

    2. Burn ! says:

      Ya callate mejor LOL. You sound like a stepford wife like if altamed programmer you to kiss their ass and only say good things- I’m sorry LIES about them!!

  46. Happy AltaMed Employee says:

    @What do you do for a living?

    1. ME says:

      Well, we know HE DOESN’T DEFEND CRIMINALS like you! And he/she actually cares about who and how a community run clinic is run for the people.

      You on the other hand SOUND CRAZY!

  47. Another Employee says:

    His wife, His Son, his Nephew and God now who else is there.

    Amazing….he was clearly not ready for the questions he was asked.

    Feel sorry for this top Dog. The party is over now.

  48. TRUTH 4 ALTAMED says:

    i CALL ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS to rapidly find replacements for:

    CASTULO DE LA ROCHA
    MARIE TORRES
    ZOILA ESCOBAR
    ROBERT TURNER
    ROBERT GOMEZ

    THEN FOR THE BOARD TO DO THE HONORABLE THING, AND RECUSE THEMSELVES FROM MGT, AND TERMINATE THEMSELVES.

    PROMPTLY!

  49. burn ! says:

    @happy altamed employee not that its any of your business but im an LVN and what are you? barely graduated high school i bet? you fit right in at altamed getting paid little over the minimum wage which is good for someone who cant spell properly like yourself. if castulo is such a “pioneer” working 17 to 18 hours a day? and on his wedding day?? how would you know by any chance are you the corporate secretary? you freaking moron? castulo got married in italy so were you invited? pioneer my ass!! hes just there for the money and he brings his own people in and there it is. while honest people who do their job are denied a raise or promotion cause all the bigshots would rather bring their own people in? youre pathetic .

    1. casy says:

      You are an LVN, others RN, NP leaving AltaMed because barely high school graduated illiterate people are more valuable for AltaMed in many ways. First of all, low educated people are valuable to AltaMed bc of the low cost; higher education higher pay and higher luxury for AltaMed. I do not think AltaMed is worth to enjoy luxury of higher educated professionals. Low Educated professionals are totally enough for AltaMed mission, vision and culture. Although AltaMed has a group of Medical Doctors, but it is worth to question these doctors Medical practice and experience. If they are at AltaMed and involved in suspicious business, that is good they are not in real medical field and they are not jeopardizing patients’ lives.

  50. burn ! says:

    Its no lie that the big shots would rather hire their own instead of promoting from within. altamed says theyre big on promoting employees before hiring new people but thats a lie !! while were talking about the corporate office i ask you to take a good look at the billing department theyre all a fraud! from the director to all the “friends” he hired for manager positions when they barely even have an education!! and yes theyre stealing from the hard workers who have been there for years waiting for a promotion that never came !! and these clowns are getting paid top dollar to do a job they barely understand!! theyre all a joke!! investigate and you will see that my words are true.

    1. taxpayer says:

      LOOK AT A FEW YEARS BACK, THE BILLING DEPARTMENT WAS SUBMITTING FRAUDULENT MEDICARE CLAIMS. ARE THEY STILL DOING IT AND THAT IS WHY THEY DON’T WANT EDUCATED AND COMPETENT EMPLOYEES?

  51. TRUTH 4 ALTAMED says:

    Who ever started listing names up there I guess scared the PAID ALTAMED communications or govt relations staff (aka: trolls & flamers) from no longer posting… LOL! That’s the best thing they can do is SHUT THE HECK UP! They really need to hide, this is just so DISGUSTING….

    THE STATE ADHC BUDGET
    THEY claim that they care for the those medically indigent in the community, and yet THIS GARBAGE FINALLY COMES OUT & guess what it’s going to do to the rest of the California budget for ADHCs? It’s gasoline for the GOP to cut away at the budget of the poor seniors… THE VERY THING THEY’RE TRYING TO PROTECT, Castulo and his LACK OF PROFESSIONALISM is exactly the NOW UNCOVERED secret sin that’s going to tank perhaps the entire ADHC budget!

    Castulo has literally TANKED the seniors of the entire state!!! His lack of ethics, professionalism, and immorality has practically UNDONE everything he’s built in his 3+ decades at AltaMed! Worse yet, HE’LL BE RESPONSIBLE for crashing and burning so many other MORE PROFESSIONAL medical clinics & organizations in the state, hard working clinics that actually do deserve to be saved and are frugal!

    The timing of this is so so so SADLY TRAGIC! How do you explain away this level of greed TO THE GOP or even the good hearted democrats….

    $800k is simply A GREEDY comp package for the kind of community minded non-profit AltaMed purports to be. Add to that the Zoila/wife salary of $400k, and it’s simply UNFORGIVEABLE… THEY MUST RESIGN IMMEDIATELY!

    There’s no VIRTUE in saying you’re in it to serve the indigent with their medical needs, and then pay yourself $800k & ANOTHER $400k on top of that and then say “hey I’m doing the good work here.” It’s so disgustingly disengenuous!

    May their resignations come SOONER than later.

    May the IRS audit them quickly, if no one has called the IRS yet, please do.

    They’ve hurt so many HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of people!

    1. get it straight! says:

      Unless all of you have worked in an AltaMed ADHC or PACE program, you have NO CLUE HOW MUCH HELP THE PROGRAMS ARE TO SENIOR PATIENTS! You go and work in a PACE site and see how many phone calls you get from patients who APPRECIATE your help and all you do! Corporate may be run a heck of a lot differently, but PACE programs are a little more independent..

  52. Had Enough says:

    Here’s the link to have them audited:
    http://www.irsfraud.net/about-the-process/irs-wb-office/

    anyone with inside knowledge . . . do us all a favor . . . blow the whistle!!!

    1. Concerned TaxPayer says:

      Agree. The Chief Financial Officer, Jose Esparza, and the AltaMed’s accounting firm, which has for nearly two decades certified AltaMed’s financial statements and was also Mr. Esparza’s former employer (conflict of interest?) should also be investigated. This all happened under their watch. Mr. Esparza signed off on all major expenses and looked the other way. I wonder what his salary is?

      1. CONCERN CITIZEN says:

        TRUE THE AUDITORS FOR THIS ORGANIZATION ARE PERSONAL FRIENDS WITH THE CEO. THEY TAKE TRIPS TOGETHER, INCLUDING THE TRIP TO ITALY FOR THE WEDDING OF THE ALWAYS KNOWN COUPLE OF ALTAMED.. CASTULO AND ZOLA. THE AUDITOR LOOKS THE OTHER WAY AND THAT IS WHY THE BOD WHO ARE CASTULO’S FRIENDS CONTINUE TO HIRE THE SAME AUDIT FIRM, YEAR AFTER YEAR.

    2. Concerned TaxPayer says:

      How about inviting employees with access to the records of the outrageous expensive “Board and Executive Retreats” to Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina and China (to learn about the populations from those countries) to blow the whistle?

      The public needs to know what others have been turning a blind eye to….

  53. Altamed Insider says:

    I guess people shouldn’t also know that recently he got married to his new wife (mistress) in Italy in a lavish ceremony on Altamed’s tab and flew all his crones’ out as well. I think the IRS should check into it being used as a business expense.

    I’m sure Mr. del la Rocha must love reading all these great comments. :)

    1. Burn ! says:

      Lol crones!!! Couldn’t have thought of a better word myself !!

      1. taxpayer says:

        CRONES INCLUDE THE “INDEPENDENT” EXTERNAL AUDITOR AND HIS WIFE… INDEPENDENT?

    2. Chris Christopher says:

      Yeah people who have no business savvy or experience they just follow the leader and are well taken care of. Degree and resume checks all around. Director of Compliance has never seen the halls of a real college and is a total fraud..

  54. juan dela cruz says:

    I spoke with somebody inside the walls of corporate and there is this “unwritten” memo to contain the damage and use media again. A very influential politician close to Castulo is slowly intervening with local media for this to “die a natural death”. This guy has the same “historia de un amor” like Castulo…birds of the same feather hehehe.

    1. Concerned TaxPayer says:

      That is what political favors are all about….. While this “local” politician was campaigning, Mr. de la Rocha assigned his Director of Policy to work on this politician’s campaign for more than six months. Just ask Dr. Torres under penalty of perjury. She would have to tell the truth. …..and that it flat out illegal.

    2. R. Winters says:

      I wonder how this “influential politician” will feel if he finds out that when his beautiful and talented sster applied for a job at AltaMed, Zola boycotted the process because she could not stand to have a real smart and good looking woman competing with her; and because of her overpossesive behavior with Castulo.

      1. Chris Christopher says:

        They (HR and all involved) have fired/conspired/set up extremely qualified workers and employees because they recognized that the place is a joke. I have seen Latino, Asian and African-American employees who were smart stepped on and abused because they saw the place for the fraud that it was/is.

  55. Rocky Winters says:

    Once upon a time a young staff person walked in to a hotel room in Mexico and found Castulo and Zoila in bed..A few days later, they laid of Art Fernandez the AVP of Clinics and told him his position was eliminated. A few days later they gave that position to the young woman who caught them. Everyone knew that what they did to Art was shameful and very ugly.

  56. Chicano Power in Mourning says:

    Great, another Chicano inducted to the Hall of Shame! And to think that this jerk rejoiced when the government closed down CHFELA in ELA. What that director did over there to lose his funding pales in comparison to what Castulo has allowed Zoila to do in her quest for power. Remember Adam, Eve, the snake, the apple? Well, here it is all over again. Castulo has sold his soul to the devil for a cheap piece of trash.

  57. Altamed Insider says:

    Check out the Faux Cástulo De La Rocha’s Tweeter I found – Funny:)

    Go on Tweeter and search ‘CastuloCashinIn’

  58. burn ! says:

    @ chris christopher your words are very true but with them firing and eliminating people that way… i wonder if anyone actually had the balls to sue them? and if so how many lawsuits are pending against altamed? hhmm….. shame on altamed . they always say they would rather promote an employee than hire someone new but its a lie!! they promote whoever they want , and they pass up good people who have been there for years!! they bring in someone new just cause theyre a friend a relative or acquaintance. the whole place is unfair.

  59. Altamed Insider says:

    Check out this news article back in 2009. They were upset that Castulo de la Rocha was making, $396,000 a year. Little did they know he had just had a pay raise to $800,000 a year in 2008. They had old incorrect info for the article. Someone really needs to investigate all this further.

    Are you reading all these comments Mr. Dave Bryan? Nice article by the way.

    http://www.seiu721.org/2009/10/executives-at-publicly-funded-nonprofits.php

  60. chaliso says:

    Mr Dave Bryan , why dont you let everybody know where you got the lead for this story? You really think that you are going to make a name for yourself and win some kind of price for this story, but get this you are not going to tell anybody where you got this this lead because it was the Governor himself that asked you to look into it you have no idea on how to look for a story that you will keep on pushing this one until you get tired because nothing is going to happen and you will find out that you cant get any other things to write abouth because your lazy.

    1. Who cares says:

      chaliso you sound like a happy altamed employee…..hmmmmm funny how u keep using the word “lazy”…el pendejo eres tu! Take an english class cause you don’t know how to spell!

    2. casy says:

      Hey Chaliso,
      It will happen one day and AltaMed will fall. You might be Angel Obregon or took the same class with him. Your AltaMed President wants to make a name for himself and his wife as New Era Celebrities of East LA.

  61. Tottles2U2 says:

    An investigation is long over due. The scandal and illigal use of tax-payer money has been on-going for years and years! The things that are going on there with Castulo and Zoila you could not even write in one of the best soap operas, it is so unbelievable! AltaMed should be run by well qualified leadership not two people and their stooges who are not even qualified. Castulo is grooming his son to be the next CEO, so they can keep the tax-payers money all in the family. The stories about Castulo and Zoila are endedless! I am so glad the lid is going to blow off of these two disgraceful people acting like they are trying to help the community. They only care about themselves. Oh happy day!

  62. Fellow Clinician says:

    Let’s not overlook Mr de la Rocha’s cousin, Dr. Rico, who got promoted to Regional Medical Director only three years after completing his residency program. I wonder who much money he is making?

    1. name says:

      Dre. Rico is not the only relative of Mr De La Rocha. 85 to 90 % of AltaMed employees are relatives. This is the only way you can retain your employment with AltaMed; others will quit their jobs shortly after getting hired.

      In addition, AltaMed catches new grad doctors without experience. It is understandable; they need to pay off their loans and it does not matter the level and quality of patients’ care. Well educated and experienced employees have no chance at AltaMed.

  63. chaliso says:

    este PENDEJO SIGUE HABLANDO porque no te consiiges un trabajo o una nueva vida y te dejas de estar Chingando , Y TODAVIA NO DICES TU PINCHE NOMBRE guey.

  64. Chalisso says:

    Thanks Fellow Clinican, what about the time he had a past medical director excorted out by security because the whistle was going to be blown off then? Must have so much stuff to hide to treat even well-respected physicians this way.

  65. The Harder they Fall says:

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. But at long last the Louis XVI(Castulo) and his Marie Antoinette(Zoila) of Healthcare are getting what they deserve.

  66. fyi says:

    http://twitter.com/CastuloCashinIn

    Castulo Cashin in Twitter page, HILARIOUS! A little levity in this TRAGEDY IS really necessary, but LET’S NOT TAKE OUR EYE off the ball!

  67. TruthBTold says:

    Let’s not forget the multiple times AltaMed employees have been directed by our CEO and AltaMed’s government relations department to make endless phone calls, emails, faxes and visits to politicians to fight for the cause…..(in reality keep his piggybank full) Management is constantly requiring employees to use company resources to hassle politicians on company time and off as well to ensure continued state funds and if anything is said opposing these types of unethical practices expect to be fired or at least threatened by management. Non-profit huh?? BTW-the twitter page is hilarious!!

  68. The Harder they Fall says:

    If you want to hear the word of upstanding and credible citizens concerning this Charlie Sheen of Healthcare, talk to the physicians that have left of their own accord when they disagreed with Castulo about his not above the law actions with State and Federal monies.

  69. DKLS says:

    Randy “Duke” Cunningham was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam war and was one of the most decorated. He was a war hero and instructor at TOPGUN and became a US congressman for San Diego (50th congressional district). He was thrown in prison in 2006 for accepting bribes and other charges.

    Moral: Ones past exploits do not absolve one from playing by the rules. I don’t know if any specific laws were broken but the CEO’s conduct and salary totally reek and no past history of being a saintly “pioneer” will change that.

  70. Bilbo says:

    Amen DKLS So much dirty laundry that I see in these posts yet I am certainly gual that the story was done. There is such a disconnect between corporate office and the clinics and be reading these comments I am even more amazed as the gaul the our executives have had. For many of us caring four our patients and serving the poor is such an important part of our lives providing the most gratification. Obviously Castulo idea of gratification is quite a bit different than my own

    1. Honest Employee at Altamed says:

      I work for AltaMed & have yet to wrap my head around the nepotism & highway robbery! Sorry, I can’t turn a blind eye to the obvious abuse of the public’s trust. He has done much for the community, but his foot solitudes have done more without a hefty compensation. Open your minds to the truth!
      Look, if I want to build a swank mansion with a sweet dome at Monticello with my own dough and roll my own financial dice, so be it. But I’ll be damned if I’m going to swipe your wallet to fund my pet political projects. That’s theft. That’s wrong.” Thomas Jefferson.

      1. Honest Employee at Altamed says:

        I meant…foot soldiers have done more without a hefty compensation…

  71. Bilbo says:

    So many good people have left over the years. Physicians and nurses have come and gone with quite freqency and other very kind and good workers were fired as their supervisors did not see or choose to see the value of these employees to our clinics and patients. Patients do no like to have constant turnover amoungst provider. Our patients deserve better than this and that should be started by fostering a good comeratery amoungst clinicians which has certainly lacking

    1. Bilbo says:

      but where to go next. they re finally investing in the clinics which are greatly improved and much more appealing to our patients and for the I thank Dr. Serota for getting this done I makes for a better work environment and inviting place for our patients to come to for their care

  72. Bilbo says:

    I’m also pretty gay… Kind of. No yeah. I am.

  73. Charlie Sheen says:

    All these comments are a waste of time. lol Nothing is going to happen. AltaMed is here to stay. It will double itself in growth again and again and all the haters will only be left picketing outside its giant walls. Bring coffee. lol

    1. Who Cares says:

      your comment lacks knowlege charlie. The voices have been heard, and even though altamed giants are not going any where, this proves to be a solid reason why the employees need union protection. Altamed surley will not go away, there growth is inevitable, which means unions need to make sure employees get treated and compensated fairly.

  74. Harder they Fall says:

    AltaMed may be here to stay, but without Castulo and Zoila!

  75. Keep the blog going says:

    Let’s see what kind of staff meeting Castulo and Zoila have on Monday following all of these blogs over the weekend. Zoila is going to be looking at everyone and saying her usual “off with their heads!”, but the queen of no heart should remember – all eyes are watching – may want to stay within the labor laws on this one. Oh, and is it true there is is going to be a new corporate office built too? How about nix that one and really use government funding totally for the clinics, ADHC and other trully necessary investments. Dave Bryan, sure you don’t want to have news vans ready and waiting?

    1. Honest Employee at Altamed says:

      Yes, it’s true about the new corporate building; it was featured in our employee newsletter. Why not upgrade the physical & occupational therapy equipment at some of altamed’s senior facilities?! Invest $ in improving the environment of those we service. isn’t that how a nonprofit sound run?

  76. go to rehab charlie says:

    I was once in a meeting where Zoila herself compared clients/ patients as a “fed ex” package, she said doctors only need 10 minutes with patients and adhc enrollments should be as fast as possible. She lacked knowledge of the fact that these are people with feelings and real problems, she truely believes people are like “packages” and should be processed like one.

  77. ALTAMED LIES says:

    My grandmother was an adhc client for many years, she was at Altamed Rugby once upon a time when she lost 2 of her toes d/t a preventable accident that occured when an employee pushed her wheel chair into a wall crushing 2 of her toes, do to her diabetes she lost those digits. Anyhow she continued going to altamed because her doctors were there, her health declined and i tried to take her to other doctors but was unable to because her insurance was only good at altamed, i was finally given the chance to transfer to another altamed adhc where her medical provider can be outside of altamed, this new adhc was so much nicer and eveyone seemed very nicel! i can go on and on how much my grandmother loved it there, her health slowly improved, she would attend adhc 4 times a week without fail… One summer we decided to go on vacation and see family out of the country for about a month,while on vacation my grandmother missed her adhc so much, when we returned she was unable to go back to that center, she was told by a very mean social worker that she lived outside the service area and they would no longer pick her up. My grandmother was heartbroken! a few months later she passed away. I blame altamed for her death…. it truely crushed her soul. Please dont let this type of thing happen again, altamed needs to not change rules on people, had we known she would not have been able to return we would have never gone on vacation.

    1. Honest AltaMed Employee says:

      This out of the service area policy is set by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), not AltaMed. That said, there is an one month allowance for visits to other parts of U.S. or trips out of the country. The family must, however, notify the center before departure. If the family fails to report, an automatic disenrollment goes in to effect. Although I am upset over the nepotism and high salaries for both Castulo and his wife, I can assure you that his rule you write about must be followed because of CMS regulation. Sorry about your loss.

      1. Honest AltaMed Employee says:

        *…this rule you write about…

      2. Altamed lies says:

        I was told medi cal paid for adhc services not medicare, I don’t understand why this rule didn’t apply when she was first enrolled, in fact we were asked to refer our neighbors and people we know to the adhc, I feel they were not up front with all the “details”her address was fine at time of enrollment. Rules or no rules they did not play fair. A month after her death someone from altamed called asking to speak to her to schedule a visit to the same adhc she was explain that!

  78. asesinos says:

    my neighbor died because he was hit by an altamed bus! these busines does not care how or what they do. Those altamed buses drive very fast full of old people inside. why do they do this things why? they not care about anything, this makes me very angry. Does Castulo even care about this?

  79. Chris Christopher says:

    Our VP of HR has lied about his qualifications and should be fired. After some searching on the internet I have found his CV (resume) and it does not list the Ph.D in his qualifications. I am attaching the link. The man is a liar. He has also lied to everyone in the HR department by telling them he was a VP at Tenet! If you look at his resume it says Regional Director. Once again he’s a liar and should be investigated. Surely he should be reprimanded and lose his job. Where did he get the degree (Ph.D) from? Why is it not listed on his CV or LinkedIn, but it is on his business cards. This is a lack of ethics..Some may say it is not a big deal oh but it is. If he lied about his education then he will lie about everything including the role that he played in awarding huge salary increases to Castulo and 400K for Zoila who has never seen the halls of an institution of higher learning and if she has the school and courses did not contain the academic rigor that would be necessary to run the business unit that she has responsibility for…

    http://www.nukejobs.com/executiveresumes/42/VP-of-HR.html

    Check the link out for the LIAR BOB TURNER…

    1. Payback is a MF says:

      Maybe someone should tell Isaac to investigate. That’s a joke he can’t even spell investigate. How are you going to investigate someone when you are unqualified for your job and report to the wife of the CEO who’s unqualified for her job. Seems like every decision is going to be for the company doesn’t it? Ethics, what ethics at Altamed?

  80. WRONGFUL TERMINATION says:

    I am a former employee of Altamed Health Services. I was wrongfully terminated in 2005 because of affairs that leaked out between Zoila Escobar and Castulo De La Rocha. I spent over 5 years dedicating my life to this company and in an instant my job was terminated! My supervisor was terminated and then myself shortly after. Amazing how the person that caught these two having an affair was given my supervisors job shortly there after. This was clearly wrongful termination and I suffered from the domino effect. Six years later the truth finally comes out. Shame, Shame, Shame on you Castulo!

    1. That's disgusting says:

      If this is true, you have legal grounds for a law suit. Don’t be afraid, because there are people who will corroborate your story. Better late, than never!

      1. former employee says:

        There are so many solid legal grounds for a law suit against AltaMed. Especially, Government should be watching after them carefully how AltaMed squeezes government money in terms of all possible grants besides of money for ADHC. FBI might want to check on them.

    2. Yes, it's very disgusting says:

      If the person who caught them took your job, then he is a creep. Let him have it. Not worth it. You’re better off outta there. Nothing more valuable than dignity.

  81. Harder they Fall says:

    Why are people’s comments being removed?

  82. Chris Christopher says:

    READ THIS BELOW AND TELL ME IF THE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE ISAAC GARCIA HAS ANY OF THESE QUALIFICATIONS. THIS IS A REAL JOB DESCRIPTION FOR A COMPLIANCE OFFICER

    GENERAL SUMMARY
    The Compliance Officer oversees the Corporate Compliance Program, functioning as an independent and objective body that reviews and evaluates compliance issues/concerns within the organization. The position ensures the Board of Directors, management and employees are in compliance with the rules and regulations of regulatory agencies, that company policies and procedures are being followed, and that behavior in the organization meets the company’s Standards of Conduct.

    The Corporate Compliance Office exists:

    As a channel of communication to receive and direct compliance issues to appropriate resources for investigation and resolution, and
    As a final internal resource with which concerned parties may communicate after other formal channels and resources have been exhausted.
    GENERAL PURPOSE
    The Chief Compliance Officer acts as staff to the CEO and Board of Trustees’ Corporate Compliance Committee by monitoring and reporting results of the compliance/ethics efforts of the company and in providing guidance for the Board and senior management team on matters relating to compliance. The Chief Compliance Officer, together with the Corporate Compliance Committee, is authorized to implement all necessary actions to ensure achievement of the objectives of an effective compliance program.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
    Develops, initiates, maintains, and revises policies and procedures for the general operation of the Compliance Program and its related activities to prevent illegal, unethical, or improper conduct. Manages day-to-day operation of the Program.

    Develops and periodically reviews and updates Standards of Conduct to ensure continuing currency and relevance in providing guidance to management and employees.

    Collaborates with other departments (e.g., Risk Management, Internal Audit, Employee Services, etc.) to direct compliance issues to appropriate existing channels for investigation and resolution. Consults with the Corporate attorney as needed to resolve difficult legal compliance issues.

    Responds to alleged violations of rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and Standards of Conduct by evaluating or recommending the initiation of investigative procedures. Develops and oversees a system for uniform handling of such violations.

    Acts as an independent review and evaluation body to ensure that compliance Issues/concerns within the organization are being appropriately evaluated, investigated and resolved.

    Monitors, and as necessary, coordinates compliance activities of other departments to remain abreast of the status of all compliance activities and to identify trends.

    Identifies potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk; develops/implements corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues, and provides general guidance on how to avoid or deal with similar situations in the future.

    Provides reports on a regular basis, and as directed or requested, to keep the Corporate Compliance Committee of the Board and senior management informed of the operation and progress of compliance efforts.

    Ensures proper reporting of violations or potential violations to duly authorized enforcement agencies as appropriate and/or required.

    Establishes and provides direction and management of the compliance Hotline.

    Institutes and maintains an effective compliance communication program for the organization, including promoting (a) use of the Compliance Hotline; (b) heightened awareness of Standards of Conduct, and (c) understanding of new and existing compliance issues and related policies and procedures.

    Works with the Human Resources Department and others as appropriate to develop an effective compliance training program, including appropriate introductory training for new employees as well as ongoing training for all employees and managers.

    Monitors the performance of the Compliance Program and relates activities on a continuing basis, taking appropriate steps to improve its effectiveness.

    IV. QUALIFICATIONS

    Education: A Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s desired.
    Experience: A minimum of 10 years experience in a healthcare organization, to include demonstrated leadership. Familiarity with operational, financial, quality assurance, and human resource procedures and regulations is a must.

    1. name says:

      Chris because Isaac Garcia had been a grant writer for AltaMed. Sine he had served perfectly well AltanMed to consume all possible, impossible, applicable and non-applicable from government and boost non-profit org AltaMed’s wealth, he got rewarded with a position non applicable to him. It is called AltaMed culture serving own community.

      1. name says:

        Addendum: to consume all possible, impossible, applicable and non-applicable GRANTS from government

  83. TheMoreYouKnow says:

    This isn’t over. Supervisor Anotonovich introduced a motion today to have Alta Med investigated.

    1. Chris Christopher says:

      The end has begun…Bob Turner you are next!

  84. LA SUPERVISORS INVESTIGATE ALTAMED says:

    THANK GOD!! Per the post above the “THE MORE YOU KNOW” Here is the link showing Supervisor Antonovich’s Motion to investigate AltaMed’s pay structure.

    Someone should also GET one of the local Congressional, state senator and assmeblymembers to follow up on these investigations, along WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT ENTITY: The Internal Revenue Service:

    ANTONOVICH MOTION TO INVESTIGATE ALTAMED!:
    http://file.lacounty.gov/bos/supdocs/59488.pdf

  85. Yo says:

    not all blogs are getting posted!

  86. So wrong says:

    I am glad this is finally happening. Working for AltaMed has been a joke, I see how there is no Ethics and Castulo’s son and his friends act as if they can have whomever then want.

    There is no Ethics only corruption, gambling, cheating and using that goes on among the executives that should be bringing business in but since they are not hourly what do they care, right? Let the front desk personnel and back office deal with our patients. As for affairs, lets not even go there. Its a meat market.

    Maybe now, employees will speak up without fear of retaliation.

  87. Yo says:

    AltaMed’s Fancy Beverly Hills Gala:

    ….. I never did understand why AltaMed did not hold it’s Fundraising Gala in it’s own neighborhood. Why not support its own local communities, local businesses and the many local employes that could probably really use the work? Instead? It goes clear across the city to, of all places? Go see for yourself!

    Beverly Hilton Hotel
    9876 Wilshire Boulevard
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Friday, March 11, 2011
    Reception, 6:00 pm

  88. SARAH H says:

    A non-profit? Yes. But compare this mans jobs to those of the same in the public sector. They’re making MILLIONS not thousands. Not everyone can do this man’s job.

    FOCUS ON THE EXORBITANT SALARIES OF THE LA CITY COUNCIL. HIGHEST IN THE NATION, AND LINKED TO JUDGES SALARIES.
    (LA CHARTER – ARTICLE II SEC. 218. COMPENSATION OF ELECTED OFFICERS)

  89. Castulo Gaddafi says:

    Sarah H. Another VICTIM of the Cult of Castulo Gaddafi!

  90. TRUTH4ALTAMED DISCUSSION GROUP says:

    Received a Group DISCUSSION Invite called TRUTH4ALTAMED!

    I checked it out, and it’s legitimate! Since this blog can only STAY UP FOR SO LONG, it makes sense that they started this confidential SEPARATE discussion forum:

    http://groups.google.com/group/truth4altamed

    Any CURRENT or PAST ALTAMED WORKERS / CONSULTANTS of GOOD FAITH let’s all please join and continue the discussion there.

    The site owners GUARANTEE PRIVACY CONFIDENTIALITY as well! And in fact there is no way to see any poster contact information.

    1. Altamed Insider says:

      BEWARE of this Truth4Altamed Group on Google. Whoever set it up did so as a Private group and not a Public group so you have to apply for membership. Then when you try to register it ask you to tell them “Please tell us when, where & what you did/do for AltaMed. Request for access reviewed in 1 day. Thanks, Moderators. PS: ALL MEMBER DETAILS ARE ALWAYS PRIVATE & NOTVISIBLE FR ANYWHERE ON THE WEB!” Why would they ask this identifying info just to post messages??? Something seems fishy to me. Like they are trying to figure out who has been posting on here. Just my 2 cents. BTW – Did you see the story on channel 9 news last night that Altamed & Cástulo will be investigated by the county. I’m sure Cástulo will call an emergency meeting today about destroying & falsifying records before the investigators show up at corporate. Love it.

      1. That's What They Get! says:

        @Altamed Insider: was the Channel 9 story different than this one? I heard about it this morning but can’t find anything!

  91. Re: NEW ALTAMED DISCUSSION BOARD says:

    Well it seems the moderators at:

    http://groups.google.com/group/truth4altamed

    Read the posts here regarding our concerns about needing to self identify. They’ve lifted that requirement, and now anyone can join and post with no questions asked. GOOD THING. Also, I read the mission of the group, and it’s JUSTICE the moderators are also after. I’m sure they’ve posted here already.

    FYI.

  92. interested observer says:

    what a great idea to have a separate group discussion! I wish I had something constructive to add, but just count me in as an interested observer….

  93. student worker says:

    This is a shame .. what happen to giving back ….

    im a current employee been for over 9 years and the last 5 have been me getting my education im a full time student working under this junk with no payed medical benifits and no salary raise ?????

    … and to know that his “WIFE” has no formal degree … makes me even sicker!

  94. DemandAccountability says:

    According to the audit report from the link posted above the County gave AltaMed $2 million per year in 2007-09 for virtually doing nothing for the CalLearn program. How can the county justify that? They ought to demand that the funds be refunded!

  95. Search4theTruth says:

    I work at one of the clinics. A friend told me that she heard that AltaMed is paid around $5,000 per member per month for senior members but management has said that AltaMed gets $30 per month (they say it’s public information so I am not revealing confidential information). What is the truth?

  96. Kimichi says:

    What a sorry bunch! “I can get mine so you can’t get any either.” Is the underlying sentiment in most of these blogs. Beyond childish, pathetic! The real problem is the financial crisis created by the finacial and corporate system set up to benefit only the oligarchy that has this country by the “…” Pobre gente, … Mr C. is making a very good salary, good for him. What is stopping you? Is that were all the anger comes from? It boggles my mind… Were is the out cry with the billion dollar CEO’s; corporate profits higher than ever in histroy, rise in college tuition to make sure we all stay “stupid” Ah, that’s it. U.S.A. = stupid is as stupid does.

    1. IGNORE THE SMOKE SCREENERS says:

      Geez Kimichi.. STOP SMOKE SCREENING… WHERE’S YOUR CONVICTION THAT a man that’s supposed be serving the medically needy … NEED NOT AND SHOULD NOT ASK FOR AN 800K salary!!! Because of the very reason you state here, THERES SO MUCH ABUSE in the economy and GREED, it would be nice to NOT SEE IT IN A PLACE THAT SHOULD HAVE A MORE PURE HEARTED AND MOTIVATED LEADER! That’s what Mr. Cashing In Castulo FILLS HIS MOUTH WITH DAILY… “I care for my gente.” Yeah right!

      Who wouldn’t for 800K + wifeys 400k.

      You are clearly blind and A TROLL HERE TO DEFIEND PUNK CASTULO…

  97. GotEthics? says:

    Sure. If you think it ok to have no ethics, to hire family, compensate unqualified staff more than they are worth because they are in your inner circle, to take your board on retreats to china, costa rica and who know where else, all while cutting back appointment slots for “ability-to-pay” patients so you can maximize FQHC billing and denying meager fifty cent raises for line staff — then may be you should go work for mr. C, if you do not already…

  98. don juan says:

    INVESTIGATE ALTAMED.

  99. DON JUAN says:

    iINVESTIGATE ALTAMED.

  100. LaRata says:

    Sounds like you have years of “inner circle” information. What stopped you and the other bloggers calling “fowl” from reporting all these allegations to the proper authorities? Ethiics! You got to be kidding!!! Those who watch a wrong being committed year after year and do nothing are just as guilty! Reality, not alliegations is hundreds, now thousands of lives have been impacted by Alta Med services; 30 years of patients and their families served by skilled, dedicated and caring Alta Med workers with tenure of 5, 10, 20 plus years. A 72 year old diabetic, hypertensive patient told me today, between English and Spanish, between tears and anger “I heard AltaMed is closing, if it does, all I can do is give up” A 78 year old stoke survivor I’ve known for years told me many times “Aqui siento que tengo vida.” These are not ” allegations needing to be investigated” These are real lives. Reality, not allegations. Yes, I got the “meager” raise,(as you call it, and you may say the same about my income); but I, we, prefer to live in reality, y le damos gracias a Dios, que tenemos trabajo y un trabajo al lado de trabajadores dedicados unos al otro, para servir nuestra gente, nuestra familia. Lets focus on the $198.9 million of the budget and not $1.1 in “allegations.” And I also hear my grandmother “la arania piensa que todos son de su manía”

    1. TRUTH4ALTAMED says:

      TO LA RATA:

      If you really care about the 198.9millon of the budget for our people RATA, you would smarten up AND REALIZE THAT CASTULO HAS BEEN EATING OVER ONE MILLION OF IT FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS, that 2.4 million dollars in the last couple of years…

      If you care about our people YOU WILL NOT MAKE A PACT WITH THE DEVIL TO SERVE THE FEW…

      If you realy care you’ll FIGHT WITH US TO FIRE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS WHO HAVE UNETHICAL AND ILLEGAL INVESTMENTS WITH CASTULO, and fight to remove Castulo and his crew of incompetents… FIRST AND FOREMOST Robert Turner, the VP of HR that falisfied salary survey research to FALSLY justify CAstulos salary doubling, and of course Robert BOY then GETTING “HIS” by getting another $100k from daddy Castulo after he created the FALSE salary research for the Board…. IT’S ALL AN STINKY UNETHICAL COUP!!

      THAT’S THE MORAL FIGHT YOU MUST BEAR AND SHOULD DESIRE TO TAKE!! For the sake of our people.

      THINK / PIENSA DON’T BE AN IDIOTA anymore!
      Que se levante la gente para justicia / May our people WAKE UP and fight for justice! AT ANY COST!

      I hope the SEIU is working on getting and taking over… obviously the current crop of wannabe directors and VPs will only continue to fleece the system!

  101. GotEthics? says:

    Dear Kimichi or LaRata: You are right. I did have years of inside information, but I did report all abuses and when nothing was done I chose to leave AltaMed. There have been many like me over the years and decades… We all knew this story was coming; it was just a matter of time.

    Most of us realize there is a huge disconnect between the Corporate Office and the clinics, and no one with half a heart wants to see any of those programs affected. That was precisely the reason why many of us asked the AltaMed Board to intercede over the years and as recent as 2008. We had hoped to avoid this type of media scandal and the de-funding that often follows.

    Mr. C should now do the right thing, along with his wife, and simply STEP DOWN.

  102. Just Wondering says:

    I would just like to know if Castulo is planning on directing his employees in regards to the issue. There are many employees who are infuriated and would like answers.

  103. Dee says:

    All of you are ignorant fools. Bob Turner is a very well educated man with more morals then any of you. He takes pride in what he does in business and fights for what is right for everyone. He is the most non selfish person ever!! To me it sounds like you are all just bitter in your own life and need to really get a life. I can bet not a single person who is responding to these bloggs are saints and need to take a step back and look at your own morals!!

  104. ALTAMED COMPETENCE says:

    Dee is married to Bob NO INTEGRITY Turner!

    Everyone that’s worked for Bob AND I DO MEAN EVERYONE, are witness to Bob’s LACK OF ETHICS, INCOMPETENCE, FALISIFICATION OF QUALIFICATIONS, FINANCIAL DERELICITION and great ability to HIRE INCOMPETENTS & sometimes racists like (Rick Rawson, Russ Ringle, Sonya Kemp). The only reason why Bob keeps people in his staff is because either he’s forced to due to that workers HIGH PERFORMANCE & if they’re incompetent and still in HR then it’s because they KISS HIS ASS AND PROTECT HIS INCOMPETENCE!

    Many have said he’s the worst VP of HR they’ve ever worked with!

  105. ALTAMED's CRIMINAL VP OF HR says:

    Robert Turner was TERMINATED from Tenet Health- along with his HR lover Rick Rawson! And had Castulo done his homework and interviewed more than just 2 candidates, I assure you he would not have hired this incompetent. But, it’s all water under the bridge now, since Turner is now in-bed-with-Castulo having FALSIFIED AND FABRICATED WITH LITTLE SCIENCE & RESEARCH a phoney baloney salary survey to JUSTIFY CASTULO’S AND ZOILA’S EXHORBITANT salaries!

    THIS MAKES BOB TURNER UNETHICAL, IMMORAL, IN COMPETENT & an ACCESSORY TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY WITHIN ALTAMED in his conspiracy to FLEECE CALIFORNIA’S Welfare funds!

  106. Dee says:

    Again you are all ignorant…I am NOT married to Bob INTERGRITY Turner. AND he was NOT terminated by Tenet Health…really you need to do your homework!! And you should really stop talking about YOURSELF in suck a negative way…it doesn’t make you look good. And maybe you need to come out of the closet and deal with your issues…just saying

  107. ROBERT TURNER = FELON says:

    I am not making any judgement on gay people Dee… my only suggestion to Robert Turner was that he keep his personal sexual life away from the office. The hours he’d spend behind the doors with Rick Rawson was inappropriate and certainly suggestive….

    For the record, i am an advocate of Gay Rights, but whether one is Gay or straight… BE PROFESSIONAL and outta the office!

    Dee you’re in Bob’s pocket, that’s plain enough for all to see.

    Keep on posting, the more you post the more you incite ALL JUSTICE LOVING PEOPLE TO continue posting the truth regarding the FELON Bob Turner & Castulo de la rocha.

    1. shorty says:

      Maybe your the felon and you have no work skills…just think about it:)

      1. SHORTY'S TOO SMART? says:

        Hey… you got some great comebacks! You go Shorty!

        Geez, I’m “served” “insulted” “humiliated”

        Excuse me I’m going to go hide b/c Shorty is too too smart for me to go back at him/her with anything…

        Wow, what wit! I’m not worthy to even talk to shorty!

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  108. Bob Turners Experience says:

    Seems like Mr. Turner had trouble holding a job after being let go from Tenet. That is until Castulo hired him. Check out the last 10 years of his job experience below. He couldn’t hold a job for more than 8 months at a time. I wonder why…

    Bob Turner’s Experience

    Vice President of Human Resources
    AltaMed Health Services
    Non-Profit; Health, Wellness and Fitness industry
    February 2009 – Present (2 years 2 months)

    Principal
    Professional Management Consulting
    Human Resources industry
    July 2008 – February 2009 (8 months)

    Interim Director of Employee Relations
    Apria Healthcare
    Public Company; Hospital & Health Care industry
    January 2008 – July 2008 (7 months)

    VP of Human Resources
    SunBridge Healthcare
    July 2007 – January 2008 (7 months)

    Sr . Regional Director of Regional HR
    Tenet Healthcare
    Public Company; THC; Hospital & Health Care industry
    2004 – 2007 (3 years)

    Sr. VP of HR
    First Federal Bank of CA
    Public Company; Human Resources industry
    2002 – 2004 (2 years)

    1. pumpkin pie says:

      Seems like a great resume to me…don’t be Jealous!

      1. HANDCUFFS FOR ROBERT TURNER says:

        Bob Turner’s INCREDIBLY LOW leadership STANDARDS are revealed in the FACT that he’s approved NUMEROUS MONEY WASTING PROJECTS THAT rendered absolutely NO results to help AltaMed! And only perpetuated the fleecing of the State of California’s welfare funds, along with adding to the sinking ship that’s now AltaMed- consider:

        1- Robert Turner was paying his BF Rick Rawson $75/hour (another fleecing against the state) to develop, deploy and upgrade the paltry staffing programs of AltaMed… to this day STAFFING REMAINS A JOKE THERE! Rick Rawson spent 3 quarters of his time socializing with workers, making racist jokes, and spending hours behind the door with Bob Turner in his office!! The Lord only know what they did in there! But he certainly got paid handsomely for it! BAD DECISION BOB!

        2- Bob’s & Rick Rawson’s powerpoint presentations to the rest of the AltaMed staff were always MET with LAUGHTER by fellow executives, their work was SUCH A JOKE, and so elementary, many ACTUALLY FELT SOOO SORRY for them and questioned Bob’s qualifications. BAD PERFORMANCE BOB!

        3- Patsy Zieglar is another unethical joke in AltaMed’s HR department. However, she seems to be a person that may at one time have been ethical, and taken pride in her work… but as time has gone on with Robert Turner, her new meal ticket, she’s LOST ALL OF HER ETHICS AND STANDARDS OF QUALITY WORK! In her arrogance she pushed for a Six Sigma training and deployment program for Altamed’s staffing department at the cost of $450,000! This despite the fact that many of her executive colleagues told her THE TIMING WAS BAD! Even within HR they told her AltaMed was not ready yet, that more than likely HR players would be changing first, that further upfront preparations would be required for such training to TAKE ROOT… BUT NO. This was her decision that UNDID HER! When we saw that she’d FORCED that 6 Sigma vendor through without any advocates to support it, and we saw that expense around the 4th floor decision maker desks (including mine), we ALL knew she had no standards or judgment. And of course Castulo HAS NO QUALIFICATIONS to judge good HR, as AltaMed has never had it! They’ve gone through more HR VP’s than babies go through diapers, so Castulo rubber stamp approved this crazy incompetent decision to bring in 6 Sigma Vendors under the promise that AltaMed staffing would be world class… $450,000.00 WASTED. To this day, AltaMed staffing remains a BIG FAIL, poorly manned, and absolutely NO POSITIVE IMPACT has been noticed after Patsy’s arrogant decision to pursue 6 sigma there.

        4- AltaMed’s HR department is in complete NON COMPLIANCE in matters regarding OFCCP, JCAHO, HIPAA, EEOC and DFEH! Robert Turner and his HR department of cronies REALLY NEED TO BE INVESTIGATED, because if they were, JCAHO would pull AltaMed’s certification, the EEOC and DFEH would FINE ALTAMED millions of dollars and surely MOST of the HR department would be subpoenaed before a body of law to confirm the DERELICTION of duty that is Robert Turner HR VP Quack! and Patricia Zieglar his facilitator of incompetence! If these two VP of HR are sooooo good Dee… why do their hires QUIT WITHIN 6 MONTHS? Because they’re unethical and are JOKES to the world of HR… they inspire no one! Robert Turner has the CORPORATE RECORD FOR MOST EMPLOYEE LAWSUITS FILED against AltaMed since he took office!!! But Robert knows he’s protected because of his falsification of Castulo’s and Zoila’s phoney baloney salary “research.”

        The list goes on and on, but these are the BIGGEST FAILS THAT CAME up to the 4th floor offices that we all just gagged at!

        My sincerest hope is that when Bob stares at the ceiling of his bedroom late at night, he’s well aware OF how FAR HE’S FALLEN from the graces of TRUTH, HONESTY, ETHICS MORALITY and God in general… HE’S DISGUSTED MANY- AND IS AN ACCESSORY TO CRIME at AltaMed!

    2. ANONYMOUS says:

      Please this is not a good resume…a good resume should have several years of experience at each company not months…He is a joke…he only has kiss ass of experience…that is why he is at AltaMed…

      ROBERT T. is a fool and a joke..

  109. Herman says:

    Hey HANDCUFFS FOR ROBERT TURNER
    if you are so unhappy with your job then maybe get another one. But im’ guessing your not that un happy at Altamed cuz you have no problem collecting a paycheck from them. Maybe they should investigate the 4th floor of Altamed employees and get rid of all of you. Maybe HR should look into this posting where you have ratted yourself out!!!! Kiss your job good bye!

  110. INVESTIGATE EVERYONE! says:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaa but I agree, WE’RE ON THE SAME PAGE…

    LET’S INVESTIGATE EVERYONE ON THE SAME FLOOR! I’m all for moral and ethical TRANSPARENCY! I will not leave AM until I see the CRIMINALS BROUGHT to justice! The best way to MAKE CHANGE happen is from within! I’m sure the CRIMINALs like Robert Turner, Zoila Escobar, Robert Gomez, Castulo de la Rocha, Marie Torres, Jose Esparza would rather have the justice loving workers leave or FIRED, so they can continue their UNACCOUNTABLE and illegal biz practices…

    But NOW I AM FOR CERTAIN STAYING!
    Those that work in the “LIGHT” will not run from investigations.

    LMAO!

    MAY THE FEDERAL & STATE sanctioned INVESTIGATIONS BEGIN YESTERDAY PLEASE!

    For the sake of the people of Los Angeles and the entire state of California

    1. likes Altamed says:

      Im going out on a limb here INVESTIGATE EVERYONE…what Herman was refurring to were the people under Robert Turner, Zoila Escobar, Robert Gomez, Castulo de la Rocha, Marie Torres, Jose Esparza (be investigated for improper use of company time) …seems they have a lot of time on there hands as the head hanchos are working hard to make sure the state doesn’t end adult day services.
      Oh and just FYI… Robert Turner, Zoila Escobar, Robert Gomez, Castulo de la Rocha, Marie Torres, Jose Esparza are in the “light” and are NOT running from anything!!
      Anyway you all have a great day.

      1. LIKES ALTAMED=BLIGHTS ALTAMED says:

        LIKES ALTAMED…. enjoy YOUR GOV’T FLEECING as long as you can, I have a feeling you’ll need more help than I in getting a new job! LOL!

        And about Robert Turner, Zoila Escobar, Robert Gomez, Castulo de la Rocha, Marie Torres, Jose Esparza being in the “light?” THEY ARE NOW (LMAO!!), but they SURE DON’T SEEM TO BE ENJOYING IT! And since you’re probably OWNED by them, I’M SURE YOU KNOW that already–LMAO!!

        Lately they’ve ALL been having OFFSITE MEETINGS with Henry the OVERPAID AltaMed contract attorney, that rumor has it, is ALSO IN FINANCIAL BED WITH CASTULO, being a co-owner of The Rivera Restaurant & Bar in Downtown Los Angeles with the Board President Stu & Castulo… which is where they have their political fundraisers for local politicians…

        So how genius is this: Castulo FLEECES California for AltaMed and his salary, then he buys the Rivera with Henry and the Board President, and has political fund raisers there to get a profit from his restaurant, and get political points from local politicians too… WHAT A RACKET!!!

        So I’m dying to know who the other woman is that Castulo is sleeping with… THAT LITTLE RASCAL! He just cant keep well enough alone!

        Got popcorn in hand, C’MON SOMEONE cough up that info! Please!

        LMAO

    2. Honest Employee at Altamed says:

      They lie about compensation to acquire talent. Once you’re hired, you find out the truth about your salary. Not very ethical! I work on the 4th floor & hope the truth prevails.

      1. ROBERT J TURNER ACCESSORY 2 WELFARE FRAUD! says:

        To Pumpkin PIe: YOU sound like someone that ALLOWS criminals like Robert Turner “vice president of human resources” #vpofhr #vicepresident of HR & #castulo de la rocha #cdlr to take a BITE OUTTA THEM! LMAO!!

        You keep on keeping on PumpkinPie… your colors, or should I say gross “flavors” are plain for everyone to see WHO YOU SERVE.

        Enjoy getting biten!

  111. Open letter to Zoila Escobar says:

    Zoila, did you know that Castulo continues his office affairs with other women at Altamed. Plus, he has shared at least one female employee (that likes to show off her cleavage) with his very tattooed son. I guess she wants to be the next Zoila at Altamed. So what have we learned. Once a cheater always a cheater and like father like son. Have a nice day Zoila. :)

  112. Robert J. Turner - QUACK VP of HR human resources says:

    Some of the our nation’s BIGGEST BIZ DISASTERS came from the incompetence of their respective people managers: or as it’s know #HR #hr #humanresources #personnel.

    Robert J. Turner , an actual graduate of Ripon College (who the heck is Ripon College?– LMAO) will go down in HIS SAD SORRY HISTORY as the African American incompetent that did ALL HE COULD TO LIE CHEAT, STEAL & DESTROY OTHERS in his effort to KEEP UP HIS pretty mansion at Coto de Caza in Orange County…. In one of his posts with his resume, Robert Turner is asked what he offers companies, and the only thing he talks about is WHAT HE WANTS, 1- a fat salary, 2- great benefits 3- travel perks… etc!

    Good job Bob Turner “vp of hr” you’ve just about DONE WHAT THE ENRON HR leadership accomplished before they tanked! The difference is that your SINS AGAINST THE COMMUNITY & PROFESSIONAL ETHICS will likely COST PEOPLE’S LIVES.

    You did keep Patsy Zieglar on, and boy she’s as good as you IN TOLERATING INCOMPETENCE and firing and destroying STARS AND HIGH PERFORMERS!

    I wonder what SNAKE OIL she’ll FORCE AltaMed to pend $$ next uselessly?

    I can’t wait to see!

    BOB TURNER = ENRON STYLE VP OF HR!

  113. burn! says:

    Im sorry!! but when i left altamed in 2009 bob turner was the president of HR And this other sorry pathetic waste of manking named angel obregon was the VP……WHAT HAPPENED ! DID SOMEONE GET DE-MOTED!!

    1. Funny Burn says:

      @burn waste of manking is very funny..

  114. burn! says:

    BtW …ALTAMED HAS BLOCKED THIS WEBSITE FROM THEIR COMPUTERS AND ARE TAKING ACTION AGAINST EMPLOYEES WHO TALK ABOUT THIS STORY… OR IF YOU HEAR SOMEONE TALKING ABOUT IT THEY EXPECT YOU TO TELL YOUR SUPERVISOR. NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO TALK ABOUT THIS OBVIOUS TRUTH !! JUST THOUGHT PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW….THESE BIG SHOTS ARE NOTHING BUT TREACHEROUS DOGS. BELIEVE ME I KNOW!

    1. ALTAMED COMPETENCE says:

      TREACHEROUS DOGS!! TRUE that burn! True that!

  115. Kelly wray says:

    Gross and shameful. The time could have been devoted to the frail and elderly, not to personal gain.

  116. Veronica Z. says:

    IF it is true that there was a sexual relationship between a top CEO and his employee (that is called a subordinate) then the two of them should either resign, right now, or volunteer to have ther reduce their big salaries slashed, , right now!!

    Don’t try to tell us that “dating” an office mate doesn’t take time away from assigned duties. Was ALTAMed exempt from employing proper sexual harassment policies for the organization? Come on!! Read up on that, people!
    You might be surprised what constiitutes a hostile environment in at work.

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  117. DemandAccountability says:

    In the best interest of AltaMed and the community that it serves, it is time for the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees who have a conflict of interest to recuse themselves from their respective Board position.  

    All the other members have a fiduciary duty to remove the CEO and Foundation President from their positions before AltaMed takes a catastrophic downturn. Neither Mr C nor Zoila can lead AltaMed effectively from here on. De-funding will undoubtedly follow. Please save AltaMed. 

    TO ALL CONCERNED PARTIES: Please voice your vote to those listed below.
    Board of Directors

    Stuart Gray, Chairperson, VP at Dental Health Plan which has been courting AltaMed for Dental enrollees (from medical clinics), refused to take disciplinary action against Mr. C and Zoila in 2008 after internal investigation. Four Board members subsequently resigned including the then chairman. Conflict of interest?
    Frank Meza MD, Chairperson Elect
    Martin Gallegos, Vice Chairperson
    Janice Fauchier, Treasurer
    Katherine Aguilar-Perez, Secretary
    Alicia Ayala
    Shirley Dettloff
    Ana Fonseca
    Judith Herman
    Liliana Ramirez
    Gregory Valenzuela
    Gloria Carillo Zamora

    Board of Trustees

    Hector Barreto, Chairman
    Bertha Aguirre, owner of one of the largest vendors (transportation) for  AltaMed, conflict of interest?
    Jack Cline, Jr.
    Phil Cohen
    Shirley Dettloff
    Joel Freedman
    Ruben Garcia
    Brad Gluckstein
    Richard Gomez
    Juan Marcos Gutierrez-Gonzalez
    Henry Holguin, JD -main AltaMed attorney consultant and personal friend of Mr. C; represented Mr. C in 2008 when the former Board members attempted to take disciplinary action against Mr C and Zoila, conflict of interest?
    Richard Kagan
    Rosalio J. Lopez, MD, MBA
    Warren Parchan
    Ricardo Robles
    Cástulo de la Rocha, JD
    Anna Tran – CEO, Care 1st Health Plan, contracts with AltaMed, (AltaMed’s VP of managed care is married to provider relations manager at Cared 1st; just honored at AltaMed’s March 11th gala – conflict of interest?)
    Richard Zapanta, MD (main orthopedic provider group for AltaMed referrals; personal friend of mr C- conflict of interest?)

    1. RepresentYourPeopleNoMore says:

      Shame on consumer Board Members Alicia Ayala and Gregory Valenzuela. They have both been on the BOD for at least ten years and over that period of time they have been told about countless reports and complaints filed against both Castulo and Zoila.

      In 2008 they both voted to ignore the report of conflict of interest, adultery, and lack of ethics coming from their beloved castulo. Shame, same on you both. You sold your people out. So much for being consumer representatives. You are no better can career policos. You were obviously enjoying all those trips to China and Costa Rica all too much. Have some decency and resign immediately.

  118. HEART BROKEN ALTAMED EMPLOYEE says:

    Oh MY GOD… this last post by “Deman Accountability” JUST MADE ME GASP!!

    It just gets more and MORE APPALLING!

    There needs to be prayer that the Lord will clean up this company for the sake of his people… the level of SIN, immorality, lack of ethics, and GREED, just BREAKS MY HEART as an AltaMed employee of over 5 years!

    I hope, pray and will work for AltaMed to CLEANSED not for any selfish reason but to assure that the NEEDY get THEIR MEDICAL clinic back as they should have have had it YEARS AGO.

    My Castulo, The Board, Zoila, Robert Turner et al, BECOME LUCID, broken and ashamed SOON, for the love of the patients AltaMed pretends to serve.

    Prayerfully,

    HEART BROKEN ALTAMED EMPLOYEE

  119. H.R. Professional says:

    If a supervisor plays favorites and rewards those who respond to sexual advances, while denying job benefits to others who are equally qualified but are not engaing in sexual activity with the supervisor, that it illega.

    1. Yes, I have heard says:

      Yes, it is illegal. SEXUAL HARASSMENT, even if it is CONSENSUAL, does not belong at work..

      MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO SEEK OR ENGAGE IN PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH SUBORDINATES.

      EMPLOYERS ARE ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING A WORK ZONE THAT IS NOT “HOSTILE” Witnesses to these sexual harassment cases see their workplace fall apart with bad morale. That is most unfortunate..

      Management is supposed to take immediate and effective corrective action when this kind of situation happens at work, and when people report it.
      When did this happen?

  120. Victor says:

    Castulo did a lot of good when he built this organization. Theres a lot of people in our underserved population that benefit from what he has built.

    1. casy says:

      Who are underserved population? Costulo and his chain? Stop using underserved population; we all know who are underserved in reality and who claims underserved. It is way too much. People are full hearing underserved population; it is a just image to create and gain money from government. Like Costulo built a non-profit org to serve “underserved” population, but we are underserved population, tax payers. Did you pay attention full names of Board members? Did you see who are the majority of Board members? Pay attention, representatives of underserved population. If there are so many Board members from underserved population in only one company, it means the population is no longer underserved. On the other side, you see Board members names in one company. Could you say that is an Employer that gives everyone equal opportunity? No. So, stop using underserved population. Again, tax payers underserved.

  121. Jenright says:

    SOLUTION:

    Do some math here. 800K divided by 10 equals 80K. Let’s hire 10 ethical people who will work hard and will be happy with an annual salary of $80.000 each.

    Are there any people left in the world who don’t cheat on their spouses?

    H.R needs to make this part of the recruitment policy. Why? Because what you do in your private life spills over into your worklife. OK, you can’t do that, but

    we need decency at ALTAMED.. Do you ever wonder what would happen If the people we serve knew about all of this telenovela stuff.?

    SOLVED.

  122. Castulo News Flash says:

    Castulo has been holding secret off-site meetings. Why? Because he is freaking out about all the insider information that is being posted here. He doesn’t trust anyone, even at corporate. He thinks there are spies everywhere. I think he is close to a nervous break down.

  123. NoCommonSense says:

    Yes, there are fundraisers like AltaMed’s big annual gala which according to its own website is described as “AltaMed’s largest annual fundraising event attracting support from prominent corporate sponsors as well as movers and shakers in the greater Los Angeles community. Each year, AltaMed honors influential leaders whose commitments to health care and community service have inspired and brought positive change to thousands of men, women, and children.” 

    If any of you attended, than you got the kind thank you letter from the Event Chair informing attendees and sponsors that the event raised raised a whooping $500,000!  Makes you wonder if the funds generated could have been greater had the event overhead not been so “over the top.” 

    Must a non-profit organization really go to the home of the Golden Globes to host its fundraiser?  And who paid for the $5000 per night suite for Mr c and the Mrs? Part of the gala overhead? So much for the 76.4% overhead…. Great foundation fundraisers.    And… This is AltaMed’s largest fundraiser.

    1. $5,000 per night suite for Zoila & Castulo says:

      Come on… Give Zoila a break. She deserves to have Altamed pay $5,000 a night for a suite for her and Castulo. After all those years of Castulo bending her over a hard desk in the corporate office. :)

  124. burn! says:

    After all the truth and lies have come out into the open i still cant believe stupid people are defending these opportunists…shame on all of you !! how many of you ass kissers are making even 10% of what castulo and his floozy are making?? i didnt think so. open your eyes !! is this how its always been at altamed! you have to be related to someone or you have to be willing to give blow jobs for a position?! this is ridiculous! i blame the HR DEPARTMENT its a joke!! ok just cause you bend over for the boss you get a raise? how stupid! open your eyes and see the light you ignorant pigs!!e

  125. burn! says:

    Although it might be true that some billionaires here in the US have no degrees or diplomas, im sure they lit their own way and im sure they are smart men and women who didnt need to sleep around with married people, im sure they worked hard for their well-earned money and didnt just bend over and automatically got good money. im sure that if castulo was a janitor at altamed zoila wouldnt have looked at him twice! but this floozy saw him and all she had in her eyes were money signs, her salary is ridiculous and appalling

  126. burn! says:

    Investigate the billing department!!!! It’s a joke!!!

  127. burn! says:

    investigate all the new people in the billing department their salaries should raise some eyebrows too..2 years ago a new director was hired for the billing and data entry dept. The first thing he does is fire people only to hire his own foreign buddies. For every person he fired , he hired 2 Filipino for that one job. These foreigners were working at places like Sprint selling phones, home depot and even Target. Suddenly they’re making well over 20$ an hour?? These clowns are getting top pay just cause they know the director and they have never worked in this field before.

    1. name says:

      In addition , ask them how they do double billing for the same patient: one is for PCP office visit with provider number and the second the same doctor uses other provider number and bills twice for the same visit. For instance, health plan can be billed as office visit and also with another suspicious nephrology provider number. This is a small peace of million frauds that take place in Altamed.

      1. COCERNED CITIZEN says:

        FUNNY.. THE EXTERNAL AUDITOR THAT COMES HERE TO DO THE AUDIT EVERY YEAR ARE 100% FILIPINO. RUMOR HAS IT THAT THE EXTERNAL AUDITOR WHO IS THE CEO’S PERSONAL FRIEND HIRES STRICTLY ONLY FILIPINOS . NO PROBLEM, FRAUD IN THE BILLING DEPARTMENT IF COMMITTED BY FILIPINO BUDDIES WILL NOT BE A PROBLEM.

  128. burn! says:

    Now its gotten to the point where he will fire one person who was getting 12 bucks an hour and he hires 4 Filipino to do that one job and each is getting 20$ an hour. Can anyone say racism?? This ” person” even creates a position for his people if you’re worried about taxpayer dollars going to waste investigate this department I’m sure you will find that these foreigners aren’t even needed at altamed, it seems.altamed just loves to give money away to uneducated people there is a lot of favoritism here.

  129. “Zoila & Castulo” the Telenovela says:

    Word has it that when Zoila finally had confirmation that Castulo is having other affairs in the office; she blew up at Castulo and then broke down. As most of you know Zoila’s mental state was border line to begin with. She always pulls I’m having some sort of attack like she is going to die. Even though she has been checked medically many times and no problem was ever found with her physically. I think they need to check her mental state instead. While you are at it, check Castulo mentally to for hooking up with her. Look out for the next edition of “Zoila & Castulo” the Telenovela. Will we learn the identity of the female Altamed employee that likes to show off her cleavage that Castulo and his son are doing in the office? Will she become the next Zoila at Altamed? Will Zoila be committed? Will Castulo end up like Robert Rizzo of “The City of Bell” fame, in jail on trial? Stay Tuned.

    1. ZOILA & CASTULO ON PAY PER VIEW says:

      THE TELENOVELA… OMG!!

      I almost died of laughter!!!!

      So true… regarding Robert Rizzo…and the comparison with Castulo… the big difference between the two however is that Castulo pretended to BE A SERVANT FOR THE MEDICALLY INDIGENT… the MADRE TERESA of his community… AND THEN THE HYPOCRISY & disingenuine CHARACTER finally came out…. thank God.

      Hell I’d scrub toilets IN JAIL in Antartica for $1.2million (Castulo’s & Zoila’s salaries) … let alone pretend to care for the medically indigent…

      THOSE TWO ARE CONDEMNED in so many WAYS… and their dark angels in INCOMPETENCE: Robert Turner, Jose Esparza, Robert Gomez, the Board of Directors, and Marie Torres are CONDEMNED TOO… may they FALL SOON SOON SOON.

      Some one take pictures please the day they’re walked out IN HAND CUFFS!

    2. TheBottomLine says:

      Anybody ever wonder why CDLR was not able to break it off with Zoila and eventually had to marry her in her own version of a fairy story wedding in Italy?He is an attractive older man, well regarded, well off, intelligent, well-educated and undoubted there are many women who are young, beautiful, intelligent and more at his level that would love to hook up with him.

      Why would CDLR SETTLE for Zoila? The answer. Zoila has had the “goods” on CDLR for many years. Perhaps decades. Zoila knows where all the AltaMed skeletons are buried. That is the reason why CDLR has never been able to rid himself of her and why he had to marry her! Now knowing that, wouldn’t you be paranoid and fake attacks if you were Zoila?

  130. J.M. says:

    I don’t care about anyones sex life. Just give me a normal place to work.

  131. Altamed's Board of Directors Meeting says:

    This is what we found out was discussed at the Board of Directors Meeting for Altamed this week. They told Castulo if the investigation goes bad and we need to blame someone. “We are pointing the finger at you Castulo. We are not going down for you.” I would have loved to have seen Castulo’s face when they told him that. I think he might finally be earning his $800,000 a year staying after hours forging paperwork, deleting emails and shredding everything he can. I’m sure Zoila is by his side doing the same, instead of bent over in front of him earning her $400,000 as she has done in the past.

    1. RESIGN STUART GRAY- FALTERMED! says:

      SHAME ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS at FALTERMED, that they’re MORAL AND ETHICAL STANDARDS ARE LOWER, EVEN LOWER THAN that of the for-profit company of Hewlett Packard.

      At HP last year, as we all remember, they TERMINATED their CEO for just “flirting with consultant” at the HP offices…. this from a for profit international company.

      Yet, AltaMed’s local brand in SoCal is so full of braggadocio about how MORAL WE AT ALTAMED ARE.. how concerned we are with serving the POOR, helping the “indigent” helping “los pobres” YET THEY HAVE NO PROFESSIONAL fortitude to live up to such a brand… and certainly Robert J. Turner, the QUACK VP of HR has NO COMPETENCE to steer FalterMed into WALKING THE WALK of a company with integrity… BECAUSE ROBERT J. TURNER & the other leaders themselves, LACK CHARACTER, ETHICS AND INTEGRITY themselves!

      I DEMAND THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD STUART GRAY RESIGN ALONG WITH THE ZOILA, CASTULO CDLR & as an accessory TO THIS BREACH OF COMMUNITY TRUST ROBERT J. TURNER!!!
      NOW!
      LET’S START A PETITION AND MAKE THIS HAPPEN NOW!!

  132. TheBottomLine says:

    Well look on the bright side, the recent March 11th gala fundraiser did raise $500k according to the Event Chair –so that at least covers Zoila’s salary and benefits for one year. That should also buy mr C one vote from the Care 1st CEO who sits on the Board of Trustees since Care 1st was honored at the Gala. So the bottom line…..? Fundraising does help. Helps mr C and Zoila!

  133. CASTULO BRINGING THE LAW ON OTHERS says:

    Castulo has brought the HEAT on other health care systems:

    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2011/03/15/six-figure-raises-trigger-audit-calls-of-la-county-health-care-firms/

    1. TheBottomLine says:

      Interesting. According to the 2008 tax return AltaMed filed, the transportation company headed up by Board of Trustee Member, Bertha Aguirre, received close to $2 million in vendor fees from AltaMed… And that was before AltaMed’s significant expansion. Can’t wait to see the 2009 & 2010 returns!

      How can her vote on the Board not be conflicted? Is there any once on that Board that does not have a conflict of interest? Boy those IRS boys (and girls) are looking at job security for quite a while ….

      Jose Esparza (CFO) – you are next. There are so many current and former employees who have been holding on to copies receipts, just waiting for this day to come….

  134. AltaMed FLEECING CALIFORNIA says:

    More on our ubiquitous FLEECING GENERAL:
    #castulodelarocha

    http://accountablecalifornia.org/2010/10/nonprofit-heads-turn-some-profits-for-themselves.html

  135. AltaMed FLEECING CALIFORNIA says:

    Another #Castulodelarocha article we all missed from last year… very interesting.

    http://accountablecalifornia.org/2010/10/nonprofit-heads-turn-some-profits-for-themselves.html

  136. Teresa says:

    THIS is like a soap opera and what we have to focus on is our programs from HIV awareness HIV treatment –especially MOBILE TESTING UNITS.
    So what are you doing and why do you ever care
    Pay ATTENTION to our clients!!!!! You guys are being stupid

  137. PREMONITION OF FALTERMED'S FAIL? says:

    Here is a story, that did NOT get the notoriety that the CBS2 journalist got, but that equally highlights the INAPPROPRIATENESS OF CDLR’s yearly salary in a non-profit that purports to serve the poor and indigent…

    YEAH RIGHT!

    http://accountablecalifornia.org/2010/10/nonprofit-heads-turn-some-profits-for-themselves.html

  138. PREMONITION OF FALTERMED'S FAIL? says:

    Here is a story, that did NOT get the notoriety that the CBS2 journalist got, but that equally highlights the INAPPROPRIATENESS OF CDLR’s yearly salary in a non-profit that purports to serve the poor and indigent… and these guys got it right in 2010! WOW…. how long has FALTERMED BEEN F’D UP?

    YEAH RIGHT!

    http://accountablecalifornia.org/2010/10/nonprofit-heads-turn-some-profits-for-themselves.html

  139. ARROGANCE OF FALTERMED says:

    ARROGANCE FROM #ROBERTTURNER #vpofhr #castulodelarocha #altamed
    So as I walk the halls of FALTERMED… I see and hear from my own ears, Robert Turner “the HR FAILURE” saying things like:’

    1- No worker in altamed can make these charges stick!
    2- We’ll pass the audit no problem
    3- We committed “white collar” crimes, NONE OF THIS S H I T will stick…
    4- It’ll ALL blow by, no problem!

    SIMILAR STATEMENTS were heard from #castulo:

    1- The Board loves me, they’ll never let me go!
    2- The Board will never let me go, cuz if they do they’re dead too!
    3- I’m sure it’s my terminated or resigned prior leadership execs making my life hard now!

    WOWWWWWWW! Castulo de la Rocha, Robert J. Turner, Marie Torres, Zoila Escobar, Jose Esparza, Dr. Gomez, and Stuart Gray —-

    ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT THEY WONT SUFFER A BIT FOR FLEECING CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES, CITY OF LOS ANGELES, or THE FEDERAL GOV’T …….

    you going to LET THEM GET AWAY WITHOUT LEARNING THEIR LESSON?

    I HOPE NOT.

    1. DemandAccountability says:

      Of course castulo is confident that the Board will not take action. He has hand-picked each Board member. Each member has a conflict of interest. Castulo has them all in his pocket. Is there any doubt?

      HRSA, the agency that funds FQHCs needs to step in and take AltaMed’s block grants way unless the entire Board is replaced with an independent, impartial Board. Here is the content info to the HRSA administrator. Let’s all start voicing our conerns!

      Administrator
      Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN

      Headquarters
      5600 Fishers Lane
      Rockville, MD 20857

      1. name says:

        Have you seen Dr. Ricardo Puertas and his square dummy head. He is one of them who has a huge conflict of interest. Recently he had AltaMed to make a huge turnover and eliminate Quality Department Vise Presidents position in a second. Shame on him because he took the position in the next second with “different name” called MD of Quality and Safety. Wow, how about Dr. Puertas patients. Were they getting quality and safe care from dummy Puertas? Absolutely not because it did not matter; what matters there at AltaMed are fraud, humiliation, abuse, and so on.

  140. name says:

    Meanwhile, you will get threatened by HR employee relation dept director Angel G. Obregon (someone’s relative at AltaMed) if you dare speak up for your rights as an employee with equal opportunity.

    1. burn! says:

      Did that happen to you! Happened to me!!

      1. name says:

        Really? You vare too?
        So then, Angel Obregon learned his homework well and memorized by his heart since he says all these in a very fast manner without stopping. Wow!!!
        It is really disgusting.

    2. burn! says:

      well yes he’s the one that’s disgusting!! Lol I know bob turner sent me to angel obregon after I went to HR with a problem and the first thing said was that the problem with my supervisor was my fault. That silly little man should be working at disneyland in the small world ride!!! He doesn’t deserve the position he has and in NO way is he professional he just makes me laugh !!

    3. burn! says:

      by any chance did he also tell you that if you were his employee he would have fired you a long time ago??!!lol when everyone knows that when he was on the 4 th floor his employees could get away.with murder that man is so dumb!!! Just another joke of a “professional” at altamed like all the others….

  141. Jon Jon says:

    You governor Brown’s assistance (about 1-3 of them using different names), pretending to know the “inside”… shut up. Tell you bald-headed boss to go shove it.

  142. Gimme a break says:

    Please don’t tell me these a**wipes are gonna get away with this . . . any updates?? I hope they aren’t thinking everything is cool again . . .

    1. CONCERNED CITIZEN says:

      I CAN’T BELIEVE THESE PEOPLE ARE GETTING AWAY WITH THIS FRAUD. PLEASE SOMEONE UPDATE US AS TO WHAT THE COUNTY IS DOING.

      1. Honest AltaMed Employee says:

        continue to show your concern and write here. also, the state is conducting an audit. I don’t know how far along they are in their investigation.

      2. Maria Redonda says:

        has any one heard about the findings of this audit?

  143. Honest AltaMed Employee says:

    it’s been some time…just wanted the public to know that Zoila attended an employee meeting to sway us all against the unions. she went on about how the unions no longer have the power to protect an employee and how they would take money from our paychecks in return for NADA. she also stated that no one could replace castulo and how this media attention is only a political hit. WOW! no sense of moral responsibility just finger pointing. How about the fact that you make half a million and your hubby makes more than the President and you had an affair with the man and climbed the AltaMed ladder! the nerve of some people to sway the working poor away from union representation so they can maintain the status quo at AltaMed. Hey Zoila and Castulo are you planning on any salary decreases in light of ADHC being slashed? Social responsibility! I say bring the audit on. I am sick and tired of working at an organization that contradicts it’s mission.

  144. Angry in OC says:

    WHOA. People here are saying Zoila makes $400,000, but on the last 990 her salary says around $180,000. So her salary doubled too? That’s just great. Her salary doubles, but she’s losing staff because they’re underpaid.

  145. el fantasma says:

    Atamed va para el poso..altamed me jala el cuero att el fantasma

  146. el fantasma says:

    Altamed is full of lies..to many politics..they act like they are a for profit organisation..plzzz tax payers have them investigated…govenor cut there funds..

  147. Honest AltaMed Employee says:

    Layoffs are now official for all ADHC employees at AltaMed. First, they were subjected to a decrease in hours, at a time when Castulo and his wife received salary increases. Now those very employees are being let go. The centers will close September 1, 2011. MY QUESTION: CASTULO, ZOILA, are you going to take a pay decrease in light of the media attention and closure of ADHC? Fair is fair! We could provide alot of free care with half of your combined income. Are you not for the community?!

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