Glendora Community Hospital will close its acute care facility and eliminate 184 positions beginning in September as it transitions to a behavioral health facility, according to layoff disclosures released June 25 by the state’s Employment Development Department.

The hospital’s Chief Executive Parrish Scarboro said in a letter to the state agency dated June 10 that the hospital’s emergency, surgery and intensive care units were among the departments that would be permanently closed. Workers were notified of the partial shutdown on June 7.

Some employees in the hospital's pharmacy, admissions, housekeeping and other support departments would be retained although the workforce would be reduced.

The facility is owned by Ontario-based Prime Health Care Services Inc., founded in 2001. The company operates 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, according to its website.

Nurses at the Glendora hospital had been in a public battle with management over their efforts to unionize. In a January letter to the Glendora City Council, several nurses accused hospital management of allowing “dangerous conditions and unsafe staffing levels that could seriously jeopardize patient safety.”

Representatives for the hospital and Prime Health Care could not be reached immediately.

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