Archive for January 2011

UCLA Patient Business Service Letter to David Feinberg-CEO & Associate Vice Chancellor

On January 16, 2011 we received the attached letter from an UCLA Patient Business Service employee. The letter was sent as Anonymous to David Feinberg-CEO & Associate Vice Chancellor.


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December 2010

David Feinberg-CEO & Associate Vice Chancellor

UCLA Medical Center Enterprise

757 Westwood Plaza Ste 1320

Los Angeles, CA  90095-7400


Dr. Feinberg,


I am writing this letter to inform you of the discontent that is present in the Patient Business Services Office under the directorship of Bernadette Lodge-Lemon, the management of Margarita Flores and Sureya Lopez-Monarrez As a tenured employee and one that reports to Margarita Flores and Sureya Lopez Monarrez in the past, I feel it necessary to inform you of the discord that the employees are feeling. My name will not be attached to this letter for reasons of possible management retribution. Let me begin by stating that I have seen managers come and go, but none as incapable as Margarita Flores who was brought here from Cedar-Sinai. Never could anyone have told me that our current management staff would be as it is today in these departments.


I will begin by saying that Margarita Flores has been here a little more than two years. The following are instances where she was seen to have acted inappropriately and unprofessionally in situations that could have become volatile. Instance number one, Margarita had instigated a confrontation between two of her female employees, one of whom has since resigned, the other remains an active employee, both of these women were written up after the incident. She has had an issue that escalated between her and another employee go as far as the director (Bernadette). In the first incident these two women were called into Margarita’s office and faced each other with accusations that Margarita instigated between the two, it reached the point where both were very loud, and those of us in the outside cubicles became very concerned, although Margarita was heard a few times interjecting but the point being is that this situation could have become very dangerous in these times of violence in the workplace. We were all concerned yet knew this situation was not addressed in the professional managerial manner which was workplace appropriate. There was a second incident where again Margarita (manager), Andre Scott (manager) & another employee engaged in a conversation on the floor where all employees could hear discussing and attacking an absent employee. The things said should have been said behind closed doors and not in the common work area, yet another display of unprofessionalism in the work area.  She (Margarita) has been known to take what one employee says about another to her in to that employee thereby causing discord in the group. We believe that Margarita would be better suited in another capacity rather than where she currently manages.


Not one employee wants her to lose her job, which I know she won’t, but feel she is a better fit not having to deal directly with employees. When we, as employees need assistance from mangers in their offices rarely is anyone available to help. Most times the assistance is quick often times leaving us feel as though we are bothering them, this is not a good feeling when you are asking for help when needed. We are not sure the reason Bernadette feels so adamantly about leaving these people in their positions, because when we had interim managers,(Margarita’s group) things went very well, we were assisted without hesitation and attitude. Employee morale has declined drastically since her return, It is true that all employees will not always be happy with management but a replacement for her would be a great start. The majority of complaints are referencing Margarita Flores. There are times when Margarita is interacting with her Spanish speaking employees on the floor and is speaking to them. This has been addressed and yet it still occurs.


This is not a” witch hunt” or attack on management of the PBS Department but if employees are to be productive as required we will need to have a management team that we can depend on, that is fair and available as needed. The departments have monthly requirements that all strive to meet but most employees are so stressed that it is sometimes impossible to meet the goals that are set, thereby causing health issues for employees.

The best remedy for this department is to place Margarita in a non-people contact position. She definitely knows her job, but is not the person to manage the collectors in her department. Several employees have tried to leave her department to be placed with another manager and have been denied. It appears the department is waiting for one of three things to occur, resign because of the environment in which you are working, get  fired for productivity, get written up for an inappropriate response which could cause disciplinary action against you. It is my hope that the UC Statement of Ethical Values be reviewed with emphasis on Fair Dealing, Individual Responsibility and Accountability.

I ask that you investigate and confer with Bernadette to see if there is a remedy for this problem as our union is very much aware of the conflict that exists. Employees on the 16th floor in all departments are constantly expressing their discontent with the current management. Each section has its issues with the management in place but the group that reports to Margarita Flores appears the most unhappy.


Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences
Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
David T. Feinberg, MD, MBA
Associate Vice Chancellor and CEO,
UCLA Hospital System
Patricia Kapur, MD
Chair, UCLA Faculty Practice Group
Budget & Finance Committee
EDITOR’S NOTE: As of date of publishing this letter David Feinberg, UCLA Health System CEO have not responded or taking any action. Employees of the UCLA Health System Patient Business Service are reaching to us for help. We hope more employees will SPEAK UP and contact us.

Esteban Escobar Nominated For A Shorty Award In The Category of Journalist

Hello my readers and fans, I am so honored to announced the on Sunday, January 16, 2011 I, Esteban Escobar was Nominated For A Shorty Award In The Category of Journalist. I am known as Esteban Steven Escobar, Editor of Diversity News Magazine, Writer for Examiner.com, Public/Media Relations and Online Social Media Networks Specialist.

I ask you to please vote for me it is easy just click on the picture or this link

Nominate Esteban Escobar for a social media award in the Shorty Awards!Nominate Esteban Escobar for a social media award in the Shorty Awards

LINK: http://shortyawards.com/DiversityNewsEE

About The Shorty Awards:
Hollywood has the Oscars. Broadway has the Tonys. Now Twitter has the… Shorty Awards
The Shorty Awards honor the best people and organizations on Twitter and social media.Nominations may be made through Twitter and this website, culminating in an awards ceremony that recognizes the winners in dozens of official categories, as well as thousands of crowd-sourced categories. For the first time, the Shorty Awards will also honor the industry’s best agencies and social media professionals.


About Esteban Escobar AKA Steven Escobar:
Esteban Escobar was born in El Salvador, Central America. He came to the USA at the age of 14 years. He went to Junior High School, and then graduated of U.S. Grant High School in 1994. In High School he joined the Yearbook Staff as People Editor and he foundedNews/Noticias, a bilingual (English and Spanish) publication. Later he enrolled at Los Angeles City and Trade Tech Colleges where he study Journalism. At Los Angeles City College he joined The Collegian Newspaper where he wrote News, Entertainment and even Sports stories. At Los Angeles Trade Tech College Esteban wrote news and features stories for  Trade Winds, a student newspaper. Esteban worked for a Spanish publication named: L.A. Unidos (L.A. United), another consumer news magazine. In 2003 Esteban register Diversity News Publications website. Esteban started networking with major public relations agencies to get added to media/press distribution databases to receive press releases and cover events. At the middle of 2009 Esteban Escobar decided to make DiversityNewsPublications.Com, a consumer news magazine. The website was redone with couple sections. He then started covering major Hollywood events such as AIDS WALK LA 2009, The 2009 Outstanding Emmy Awards Nominees, CSW 2009 LA Pride, 2009 San Diego Pride, The Kierrah Foundation Spotlight on Sisters Awards.

Esteban Escobar writes features, fashion, movies premiers, news and entertainment stories. Recently he covered a pre awards celebration for the People’s Choice Awards.  Esteban Escobar knows how to write stories without including his opinion. He knows how to edit photos and videos. He can uploads them to the web and uses social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, Yahoo Buzz, Blogger, Current, Reddit and Digg to submit stories to show on search engines such as GOOGLE.
Esteban Escobar has been networking with other media/press professionals including public relations agents. He gets invited to cover events to publish them on DiversityNewsPublications.Com and other sites. Esteban Escobar has been working as Public/Media Relations Specialist. He knows whom to contact when he is interested in covering an event and file any necessary media credential applications.
Esteban Escobar have met couple Hollywood celebrities, political leaders and personalities the likes his media coverage and his professional ethical work. He has been in the USA since 1989 and has 2 sisters and mother. Esteban Escobar is known as “Steven” and he resides in Los Angeles County in the city of Hollywood, CA.

My Worst Nightmare Experience Working at UCLA Patient Business Services

I do not know how to start this blog, but  I can tell you the I was pressure to accept a position as “Floot Pool” employee in the Patient Business Service building located on the Wilshire Center by Westwood Blvd and Wilshire Blvd. Well I became a “STAR” and they hire me before the trial of 2 months as their staff/permanent employee on the same department. 

Well things started to change, the Supervisor, a white old women that started acting sic and would not want to help with anything. The manager is a Gangster who is very over weight and very ill like the old supervisor women. Any how they make your life terrible and most of the employees on the 16th floor at the Wilshire Center. They treat employees like stupped with no respect, compassion and dignity.

Those people there do not like you to speak up your mind because they will retaliate and fire you up. It is sad to work for the University of CA (UCLA) and UCLA Health System because supposed according to their company slogan that you do not need to worry “Don’t Be Afraid to Be Great”
Please do not go work for UCLA Patient Business Services because you will be ending ill and sic like some of them. So if you want to work for the worst department, then select UCLA Patient Business Services, but if you want to work in peace and want to be treated with respect, dignity, compassion then select a better company. 

Can you believe reports told me that the other manager who do not speak good english told to over 20 of her employees inside her office that one of her employees was out ill because she will have heart surgery at Kaiser Permanente! What! the is a big HIPPA violation and the women should be fire IMMEDIATELY from the office, but most of them do not have education and neither communications skills.


The office have the most turn over of employees because they get terminated and some even quit because the collectors managers and leads are crazy and treat them like TRASH.
Those people there are wasting money from the University of CA, some of the managers have no degrees and they keep firing and hiring employees for short terms. What kind of dysfunctional office is that? They need to be fire immediately.

Going back to HIPPA Violation they have paper all over the place, in the fax machines, copy machines in the cubicles and managers office. The paper is on the floor where visitors can see it and that is a violation of HIPPA and patient information because is not LOCKED and SECURE.


People do you want to go to a hospital where your medical information is all over the floor in the Business Office? If I were you I would go to a better small hospital where they take care of your health and medical information.

This posting will continue we are getting feedback from private sources and they will be sending some documents showing what happens inside UCLA Patient Business Services in the Wilshire Center.



………………………………to be continue

New Years 2011 in West Hollywood was Full of Fights, Ambulance and Police

Wow lots of things happen during last hours of 2010 in Weho: 1st a men/women was drop outside of the venue because pass out, they call the ambulance, fire department and police, later a men approach me with a girl and were begging me to Kiss me at Cantina Club, gross I am not looking for it, them about 4 people fighting in front of Cantina Club; Second couple people fight in front of Mickys’s and then we see Arnold G at Trunks Night Club, a gay bar with his friends drinking etc, and finally I drive a hot men car to my car. Good Night All.

I am not sure if this people were on drugs, but it was scary and dangerous been around them. Good some were kick out, but club’s management in Weho they need to be more cautions.