Hispanic Lifestyle is proud to recognize the achievements of Mr. Cástulo de la Rocha, President and CEO of AltaMed Health Services Corporation as an Executive of Influence.
A long standing community health leader for more than 35 years. During this time, he has taken AltaMed, a non-profit community health clinic, from two employees to a fully-accredited Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with over 1,900 employees. Today, AltaMed is the largest FQHC in the State of California and among the top five in the nation, delivering more than half a million patient visits annually from 43 sites in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, including 21 clinic sites and 11 senior care service centers.
Mr. de la Rocha’s dedication to and success in providing high quality, affordable and accessible health and human services to underserved communities has earned him national recognition in the health field including the U.S. Surgeon General’s Gold Medallion for Public Health; the Pioneer for Justice award by the Mexican American Bar Foundation; the Community Service Award from the American Diabetes Association; and the VNA Vantage Award from the Visiting Nurses Foundation. Mr. de la Rocha was named one of the Top 10 Latinos in the health care industry by Latino Leaders Magazine and one of the top 100 Latino influentials by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2008. In 2012, he received the Los Angeles Business Journal Lifetime Achievement Award. AltaMed Health Services has also ranked number one in Hispanic Business Magazine’s list of “Top 25 Nonprofits” every year since 2006. In 2013, AltaMed was named among Los Angeles’ Top 25 Places to Work by the Los Angeles News Group.
Mr. de la Rocha currently serves on the boards of the California Association of Physician Groups, the Los Angeles Center Theatre Group, L.A.’s BEST, and the Latino Theater Company. He is also a Senior Fellow at UCLA School of Public Affairs and has served on the Board of Governors of L.A. Care Health Plan, as a Corporate Board Member of Blue Shield of California, as Regional Chair of the Surgeon General’s Hispanic/Latino Health Initiative, and as a Board Member of the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.
Mr. de la Rocha holds a Juris Doctorate from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Certificate in Management from Stanford University.
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AltaMed Health Services opened its doors as the East Los Angeles Barrio Free Clinic in 1969. Forty years later, it has grown to become California’s largest non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing vital medical care for generations of Angelinos and the greater Southern California area. With an annual budget of more than $300 million and more than 950,000 annual patient visits, AltaMed consistently receives the highest ratings from the Joint Commission. AltaMed is an important part of the national network of 7,000 FQHC clinics nationwide that provide health care services to more than 18 million patients each year.