Antonovich Wants State To Look At AltaMed CEO’s Pay

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Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors put off for one week a request by Sup.  Michael Antonovich to ask the State Auditor to evaluate the pay structure of one of the county’s largest non-profit health care providers.

Antonovich’s motion was made in response to a March 1st CBS 2 news report that called into question a large pay hike received by Cástulo de la Rocha, the president and CEO of AltaMed Health Services Corporation, at the same time the Commerce based provider is seeking to stop the state from cutting funding to adult day care centers.

According to CBS 2 Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan, in 2008 AltaMed’s Board of Directors approved raising de la Rocha’s total compensation package, which includes salary, bonuses and other benefits, from $396,000 a year to $797,429; a $400,000 increase.

AltaMed Health Services is one of the county’s largest “Private-Public Partners,” and Antonovich says he wants to make sure that taxpayer funds are being used “wisely.”

“This salary is very high and the increase over a two-year period is significant. Of particular concern is that this agency’s revenue is, in large part, based on public taxpayer dollars,” reads Antonovich’s motion.

During de la Rocha’s leadership over the last three decades, AltaMed has grown from a small East Los Angeles area health clinic to a $183,000 million dollar-a-year health care network with more than three dozen medical and dental clinics in Los Angeles and Orange County and seven adult day health care centers serving some of the region’s most vulnerable low-income residents,

De la Rocha defended his salary to CBS’ Bryan, saying it was AltaMed’s board of directors that approved the raise, which is “within the reasonable standards that are expected by the Internal Revenue Services.” He said he has spent 33 years building AltaMed.

In a written statement to CBS, the non-profit’s board of directors expressed support for their decision and de la Rocha’s tenure at the head of the organization.

“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.

Antonovich wants the Board to send a letter to the “Office of the State Auditor requesting the Bureau of State Audits to conduct an evaluation of the pay structure of this agency to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent appropriately.”

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5 Responses to “Antonovich Wants State To Look At AltaMed CEO’s Pay”

  1. Anonymous on March 17th, 2011 7:32 pm

    AltaMed’s CORE VALUES:
    Patients always come first
    EMPLOYEES ARE OUR MOST VALUABLE ASSET
    Encourage process excellence and innovation for quality outcomes
    Promote wellness and advocate for strong and healthy communities
    INTEGRITY, HONESTY AND RESPECT IN ALL OF OUR ENDEAVORS
    COMMITMENT TO TEAMWORK

    Well that is funny if employees are the most valuable asset why do so many employees get FIRED from AltaMed or QUIT..

    AltaMed does not have INTEGRITY THEY ARE NOT HONEST OR DO THEY RESPECT…

    RESPECT
    What kind of LEADER is Castulo…He was a married man and was sleeping with one of the executives(Zoila)..Got a divorce and is know married with Zoila…I wonder how Zoila got her title???Wonder how much money she makes???? How does an employee respect a CEO or look up to him when he has no self respect.

    Does that mean that in order to get well compensated as an employee you have to sleep with the CEO???

    HONEST
    What about all the VP’S of HR Castulo has fired due to conflicts with Zoila. Does this mean if you are not Liked by Zoila you will get fired???

    Castulo asking HR to hire people who did not have legal documentation…Asking HR to look the other way and just hire them..

    How does a non-profit organization have the funds to take all the EXECUTIVE TEAM on trips before the end of a fiscal year?????

    WHY do some employees get reimbursement money without proper documentation of payment??? Why would CASTULO approve this reimbursements for some EXECUTIVES OR EMPLOYEES?????

    Policy has that in order to get reimbursement you need proper documentation…all this people getting reimbursement did not have proper documentation all it had was CASTULO’s signature….

    It seems like this NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION NEED TO BE AUDITED…

  2. Concern on April 20th, 2011 5:29 am

    THE EXTERNAL AUDITOR OF ALTAMED HAS NEVER CHANGED AND HAS PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CEO. THIS ORGANIZATIONS HAS TO BE AUDITED BY AN INDEPENDENT AUDITOR.

  3. Joyce on May 13th, 2011 5:36 pm

    Altamed seems like a big scam!

  4. alina on May 17th, 2011 2:58 pm

    I can not count with fingers the many times Altamed has refused to provide care for my children for not having private insurance they are rude and do not care for the health of the patients. All that is in their mind is money money money. The service is rude and incosiderate.

  5. Honest AltaMed Employeed on May 23rd, 2011 10:06 pm

    Honest AltaMed Employee
    it’s been some time…just wanted the public to know that Zoila attended an employee meeting to sway us all against the union. 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 of our country… . 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 and youth services being slashed? Social responsibility! I say bring the audit on. I am sick and tired of working for an organization that contradicts its mission. Another thing…the enrollment dept. runs like a corporate machine. they set enrollment goals, which are against CMS regulations, fire you if visitors are not enrolled…they just increased the enrollment goal to approx. 65% or ELSE! I suppose they need enrollments for castulo’s salary because the government is taking funding away. The seniors are the ones that suffer.

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