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AltaMed’s Commitment to Southern California Health Care

April 24, 2013

Since 1977, Cástulo de la Rocha has overseen the expansion of AltaMed Health Services Corporation into one of America’s most successful nonprofit community health clinics. Spanning 44 sites throughout the greater Los Angeles area, the company has achieved top ranking on Latino Business Magazine’s “Top 25 Nonprofits” list for the past seven years.

When Mr. de la Rocha first accepted executive responsibilities with AltaMed (then known as La Clinica Familiar del Barrio), the organization was limited to a single East Los Angeles clinic. AltaMed grew throughout the 1980s to encompass Adult Day Health Care Center services, as well as Senior Services and Home Care Programs. In the early 1990s, the nonprofit expanded its offerings once again to encompass a Tuberculosis Screening, Education & Prevention Program. In addition, a Methadone and HIV Services Program was established that quickly grew to encompass an HIV Mobile Unit managed in collaboration with community organizations.

Throughout his tenure as AltaMed CEO and President, Cástulo de la Rocha has emphasized the creation of specialized programs that meet the specific health care needs of the Los Angeles Latino community. In 2007, the nonprofit partnered with John Tracy Clinic in offering infants and toddlers in-house hearing tests. The following year, AltaMed opened a newly built 32,000 square-foot El Monte medical complex. The facility provides a wide range of primary medical, senior, and dental care services. With a legacy of sustained leadership in providing quality care to underserved populations, Mr. de la Rocha earned induction into the National Association of Community Health Centers Grassroots Hall of Fame in 2011.

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