By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – California Attorney General Rob Bonta has conditionally approved the sale of Glendora Oaks Behavioral Health Hospital to CHLB and said the facility would continue to operate as an acute psychiatric hospital for at least 10 years.

The 21-bed Glendora Oaks provides inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services to residents of Azusa, Baldwin Park, El Monte, Glendora, Pomona and other surrounding areas.

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CHLB will pay Prime Healthcare Foundation about $24.25 million for the hospital. After a thorough review of the proposed transaction, Bonta said he determined that, with conditions, the sale will be an improvement for the community, as the facility will now be operated by an entity more experienced in managing acute psychiatric hospitals.

“It is part of the job of the Attorney General to ensure that the sale of a healthcare facility like Glendora Oaks is in the best interest of Californians, particularly the community served by the hospital,” Bonta said.

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“Today, after thorough review of the proposed transaction, including listening to the opinions of the public, we’ve conditionally approved the sale of Glendora Oaks to CHLB,” he said. “While we believe the sale will ultimately be beneficial to the people of east LA County, our conditions allow DOJ to monitor and make sure the community’s needs are being met.”

In April, during the review of the proposed transaction, the state Department of Justice held a virtual public hearing. During public comment, safety issues related to Glendora Oaks’ current owner, Prime, were raised, including concerns related to inadequate security and training for staff, as well as structural safety issues, according to the AG’s office.

CHLB is associated with College Health Enterprises, a privately held health care management company.

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