AltaMed CEO Castulo de la Rocha was one of 13 healthcare professionals honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal April 11 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.
De la Rocha received the Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award “for his efforts in making health care accessible to the Los Angeles community,” according to an AltaMed press release.
According to the LA Business Journal, the awards honor the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that have helped Angelinos receive better healthcare, while still protecting their organization’s bottom line.
“Cástulo de la Rocha saw lines of people waiting for care at store front clinic in East Los Angeles, 35 years ago, he knew something needed to be done. Since then, he has taken AltaMed, a non-profit community health clinic, from a two employee clinic to a fully-accredited Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with approximately 1900 employees,” according to wording on the business award.
It goes on to state that “AltaMed is now the largest independent FQHC in the nation, delivering more than 800,000 patient visits annually from 44 sites in Los Angeles and Orange Counties … Since 2006, AltaMed has grown from 398,000 to 855,000 patient visits per year. Additionally, AltaMed is one of the few not-for-profit community clinics that have remained financially stable throughout one of the most turbulent financial times in U.S. history – growing from $77.4 million in 2006 to more than $200 million this year.”
A. Shawn Adhami, M.D., of Vistasol Medical Group in Montebello and Morelia Medical Clinic in El Monte was also honored at the Business Journal luncheon, winning the prestigious Medical Group CEO Award. He was also nominated for the Healthcare Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award for Los Angeles.
Dr.Adhami is a practicing Internal Medicine physician, CEO and Medical Director of Vistasol Medical Group in Montebello and Morelia Medical Clinic in El Monte, and Chief of Staff at Monterey Park Hospital.
Dr. Adhami, the only physician to be honored, said he was humbled by the award, and thanked his father, who was in the audience, “for his lifelong inspiration.”
His skills as a physician has earned him various other awards in the past including: Patients’ Choice Award by American Registry in 2008, 2010 and 2011, Most Compassionate Doctor in 2010 and 2011, and Healthgrades 5 star doctor in 2010 and 2011.