The United States boasts one of the world’s most advanced health care systems, yet for many economically challenged individuals and families, gaining access to quality medical treatment remains a considerable and apparent hardship. When Cástulo de la Rocha joined California’s AltaMed Health Services Corporation in 1977, he hoped to make a positive and long-lasting impact on the modern day healthcare industry, an admirable goal he set with a specific focus in mind – to improve the lives of children, teens, adults, and senior citizens from underserved communities.
A not-for-profit network of community clinics that employ more than 1,600 physicians, nurses, clinicians, and support personnel, AltaMed Health Services is recognized as a leading Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and ranks among the top organizations of its kind both statewide and federally. Treating upwards of 500,000 patients on an annual basis, AltaMed’s highly trained staff provides compassionate, personalized care to a socially, culturally, and economically diverse clientele, just as President and Chief Executive Officer Cástulo de la Rocha envisioned when he began his executive tenure more than 35 years ago.
Presently operating 44 locations throughout Southern California, AltaMed offers a full suite of medical services, from primary care and residential treatment to dental, prenatal, and disease management. Utilizing a patient-centric expansion model that emphasizes cost reduction and educational outreach, the company has ranked first among Hispanic Business Magazine’s “Top 25 Nonprofits” for seven years running and recently received a Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) designation from The Joint Commission, an independent accrediting body that sets performance standards for 20,000-plus American healthcare agencies. In the years to come, Cástulo de la Rocha and his colleagues look forward to broadening AltaMed’s already extensive scope of programs and invite all interested parties to learn more by visiting twitter.com/castulodelaroch.