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April 23, 2012

UPDATED: Cabinet Secretary Dr. Catherine Torres Disgraces New Mexico Department of Health


Possible book idea for Dr. Torres
We have received several emails and calls to the BARF Tip Hotline from DOH and non-DOH people about Cabinet Secretary Dr. Catherine Torres' bizarre behavior at the Head to Toe Conference this past week.  The Head to Toe Conference is an event that is produced by the New Mexico Department of Health and Kesselman-Jones Inc. and has many other sponsors including state agencies Children, Youth and Families (CYFD) and New Mexico Public Education (NMPED).  The goal of the conference is to address critical youth and adolescent health issues, explore best practices that can be replicated in your schools and communities. School health would be the short version of topics covered by the conference.


 Dr. Torres was disrespectful because she arrived late despite a tight conference schedule.  Additionally, she appeared confused, disoriented and disorganized.  The cherry on top is that Dr. Torres is reported to have used foul language when addressing attendees of the conference during the speaking appearance.  Given the conference's subject matter, foul language would seem extremely inappropriate.    If the reports are true, it seems Dr. Torres represented Governor Susana Martinez, State of NM and DOH in an embarrassingly shameful way.

This behavior is a great topic for discussion this week.  Should this behavior be tolerated?    How do you as NM citizens and/or NMDOH employees feel about being represented in the manner?   How does this differ from behavior at DOH.  As always thank you for your input. 
If you have anything you wish to share with us go ahead and shoot us an email.  Your privacy is important to us.

UPDATE:
 We received a first hand account from a member of DOH Nation  of what happened at the conference:

"I am going to go ahead and comment on this post, as although I read this site often, never have commented. I KNOW that she proceeded to embarrass DOH & Governor Martinez by doing this:

1. Being at least a half an hour late with 500 plus people waiting on her.

2. When she did get on stage to speech she appeared disheveled and distracted.

3. She BEGAN the speech by apologizing for being late, saying she had a teenager at home. She then described said teenager as "Yelling EFF YOU before slamming the door on me this morning"....you should have seen the jaws dropped at all the school health professionals when she said this. It's one thing to have a difficult teen, but to describe your relationship like this, admit it, and embarrass the daughter. Very unprofessional. She did NOT say the "f" word (just being truthful).

4. Referred to a mentally ill person as a "psycho"

5. Said she avoids carrying her phone because she personally would not want to know if her daughter's school was on lockdown. Um, ok.

6. When discussing school bullying said "as you all know, I have my own personal stalker and bully".

7. Seemed to not know anything about school health. The entire episode was rambling and off course."

 Not even sure where to begin with this one.  Great comment! Keep them coming.

31 comments:

  1. Embarassed yet again4/24/12, 8:45 AM

    I heard about this from a friend who works for ED and I couldn't believe it happened. Truly embarrassing and shocking. Seems like we could have done better, Gov Martinez. Torres should have stayed locked away in her security compound on the 4th floor of the Runnels bldg. Keep Frankenstein locked up in the future.

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  2. There is a reason you cannot find any speech Torres has made on the web or does not go on camera for interviews. She sounds like an idiot during speeches just like real life. Alfredo has a few speeches out there on the web. Odd nothing from Dr. Torres.

    How is this moron still around?

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  3. She dropped the f bomb.

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  4. You're kidding! Crazy Cathy used the F-bomb in her speech to the conference attendees. When will this insanity end?

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  5. I am going to go ahead and comment on this post, as although I read this site often, never have commented. I KNOW that she proceeded to embarrass DOH & Governor Martinez by doing this:

    1. Being at least a half an hour late with 500 plus people waiting on her.

    2. When she did get on stage to speech she appeared disheveled and distracted.

    3. She BEGAN the speech by apologizing for being late, saying she had a teenager at home. She then described said teenager as "Yelling EFF YOU before slamming the door on me this morning"....you should have seen the jaws dropped at all the school health professionals when she said this. It's one thing to have a difficult teen, but to describe your relationship like this, admit it, and embarrass the daughter. Very unprofessional. She did NOT say the "f" word (just being truthful).

    4. Referred to a mentally ill person as a "psycho"

    5. Said she avoids carrying her phone because she personally would not want to know if her daughter's school was on lockdown. Um, ok.

    6. When discussing school bullying said "as you all know, I have my own personal stalker and bully".

    7. Seemed to not know anything about school health. The entire episode was rambling and off course.

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    1. Thank you for setting the record straight. It doesn't make things sound any better. This person is our person in charge of the health and well-being of New Mexicans is pretty scary.

      Great comment!

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    2. Not Scared Anymore4/24/12, 7:48 PM

      Someone who stands up to a bully is NOT a bully. That person is brave and strong willed. This website is brave and courageous and Johnathan Publix should be commended for his stand-up actions.

      Thank you! I no longer fear our bully.

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  6. My apologies to Dr. Torres. Let me rephrase, she dropped the EFF bomb.

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  7. Patty Alsberge4/24/12, 7:42 PM

    Martinez advocates state government cost reduction but looks the other way when Torres reassigns Daniel Jacobs to a clerk position with no pay reduction & Torres hiring special security guard. Martinez doesn’t feel she should answer to Torres lack of professionalism & bizarre behavior. Martinez & Torres must be pretty pleased with themselves. Other than Joey Peters of the Santa Fe Reporter; no other statewide media is interested in Torres’ conduct as a Cabinet Secretary & Martinez’s lack of oversight. Leslie Linthicum asked me to go on record, I agreed. I never heard from her again. Eddie Garcia, KOB 4 insisted he wanted an interview with me on a day when I was ill; I showed he canceled & never rescheduled. Seriously folks, this is why this lovely state of lovely people is filled with corruption regardless of political party. The media really chooses what & how they report. Joey Peters, thank you for being the last of a dying breed; report what’s going on & don’t let the politics dictate what you report.

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  8. The running joke about the two DOH workers who Torres targeted for the state car left running was Torres's teenager found the car, broke in, took it joy riding, was busted, name dropped & Torres hide it by going after the state workers. Sounds like it could have not been a joke.....

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  9. In defense of Johnathan and this website: Torres is the only person I've ever heard of accusing this site of stalking and bullying. We all know that Torres has serious mental illness, so consider the source. We are talking about a lady that has an armed guard at the coke machine on the fourth floor. Has someone threatened the sodas? Is someone stalking the fruit drinks? Who is stalking our e-mail and bullying us employees? You guessed it, Crazy Cathy! (the name fits her like a glove.)

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    1. Sounds like the name fits like a straightjacket rather than a glove.

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  10. I hear there is a video of the speech out there. Send it to me and I will make her a star! dohcrisis@gmail.com. Of course you would remain anonymous.

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    1. I heard that there is a video out there too. The speech posted up on this site would make my year so far.

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    2. Did we forget to take our meds that morning Doc? Lol. Someone find the speech please. we DOH employees need a good laugh :P

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    3. Dr. Torres appeared, with a panel, on KNME's Public Square sometime around Feb. 5, 2012 concerning the abuse of opiates among teens in N.M. I recall her to be better prepared than the head to toe conference cited here; (at least she had a sheet of notes on her lap) There wasn't anything remarkable about her performance during this forum except the other panelist seemed to discount, for the most part, her commentary.

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    4. I also saw KNME's Public Square. I think it aired in February. Torres came off like an idiot. It was like a three year-old interrupting the adults' conversation every time she spoke and was dismissed just as quickly.

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  11. CTRL + ALT + DEL4/25/12, 9:23 PM

    Dr. Torres,

    Stop embarrassing DOH. It is time for you to resign. DOH employees do not deserve to be represented the way you have represented us. You are a laughing stock all around the state. Not only are DOH employees laughing at you but so are other agencies. You need to resign before there is a big story about your mismanagement. It is only a matter of time. That story will follow you around forever and haunt your career. You are a ticking time bomb and everyone knows it is only a matter of time before you blow a fuse and unleash verbal tirade on the wrong person or your own incompetence catches up with you.

    Do the smart thing and leave. By leaving, Suzana may be be able to win a second term. If you are still at DOH during the next election cycle, myself and others will be campaigning for the Democratic challenger instead of working/supporting the Suzana campaign like we did last election.

    Time to go.

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  12. Your own daughter tells you to eff off. She is just telling you what we employees of DOH wish we could, only we need our jobs and have much more class than that. The end of your DOH/Secretary career is coming soon. You are your main Bully, only you just can't seem to realize it. You will be a bad footnote at DOH and join the ranks of the Sandra Haugs, Gary Girons, JoAnn Marquez's, Duffy Rodriguez's and all the other people that have been detrimental to our once mighty DOH. Can't wait to see Green go away too.

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  13. Concerned Mom4/26/12, 12:43 PM

    I am the mother of two kids at SFHS. What mother is her "right mind" wouldn't want to know if her child was in danger?

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    1. Concerned Mom,

      You answered your own question. Torres' mind isn't right, it is called mental illness, or to use her terms she is a psycho.

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  14. Why, why, why?!?!4/26/12, 11:00 PM

    Torres is the bane of my existence.

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  15. When will Nurse Ratched's, er I mean Dr. Torres' reign of terror come to an end. She is crippling DOH with her idiotic changes. Do we really need more challenges?

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  16. What is the story behind the stalker and bully she is referring too?

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    1. She is under the delusion that Johnathan and this website are stalking and bullying her. Not sure what she calls what she is doing to her employees.

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    2. I was thinking about this one a little bit last night. Torres has told others including members of the media that the website/Publix is stalking her. That is ridiculous as all of you know. Then I started to think you about the bullying comment from the speech. Remember our extortionist KeeprOfScrts?

      http://www.nmdohcrisis.com/2012/03/doh-nation-and-johnathan-publix.html

      They made a comment accusing us of bullying. I thought it was pretty interesting because no one has mentioned bullying except her.

      Here's the definition:
      bullying
      Verb:
      Use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.

      To say that we are a bully is ludicrous. I missed where we were in a position of power to be a bully.

      If ANYTHING we are all victims of Dr. Torres' bullying, which we are.

      If Dr. Torres thinks we are bullying her then she has already lost the battle. She is no longer the person with the power. In Dr. Torres' mind she is has been defeated.

      Time to go, Dr. Torres. You know you are leaving. Just a matter of when.

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    3. Coincidence?4/29/12, 6:20 PM

      Odd how Torres and keeper both use the word bullying. Funny?!?

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  17. Okay, the bullying is bogus. Why does Torres think she is being stalked? Or is she confusing stalking with being held accountable?

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  18. Torres has hired old cronies who have been proven employee relations disasters in the private sector. One was Administrator of Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. He was responsible for the exodus of many excellent employees who refused to put up with his bullying, unreasonal demands and downright rudeness. He is now interim administrator for New Mexico Rehabilitation Center in Roswell. He spends most of his time in Santa Fe helping to handle "complaints." Can you imagine an employee of NMRC bothering or daring to make a complaint about his unacceptable behavior? All are afraid of retaliation, even for talking among themselves about his actions. Things are looking grim.

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    1. This is a sign of a pattern of ineptitude and lack of insight into the issues related to protecting the health of New Mexicans on the part of the Secretary. She, unfortunately, does not have a clue because she can't tumble when the evidence is before her. Why? Because Torres, upon taking the Sec. position, immediately aligned with political lackeys, bean-counters and intellectual pygmies. Did she take time to assess the NMDOH; it's role and history? No. She has no idea what the value program staff bring to the public health and this will harm us all. Too bad, she isn't a learner but is instead stuck in her own sorry authoritarianism. It is clear this is with the full support of the Martinez administration and the corrupt and infantile GOP. She won't be leaving soon.

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  19. She's a mess. The Department is a mess. Her kid needs help. Dr. Torres has the respect of no one, including her own daughter, and she is OK with that. In fact she uses it to get sympathy and to escape accountability. Pure narcissism. As I said months ago, the Empress has no clothes. Too bad there is not a child among us with the power to bring this very sad and damaging situation to an end. Dr. Torres cannot see herself as others see her and the Governor's pride will never allow her to see her misjudgment and admit her mistake. There is only one corrective action for this situation and neither of the two people who could make it happen have what it takes to do the right thing. Expect to see Dr. Torres here for the duration of the Governor's term. But, please keep this site going. Someday, the chronology of these events will vindicate those who have been sacrificed; however, the irrevocable damage will always be a part of our history and any future that DOH can muster.

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