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Community Health Alliance of Pasadena, Known as ChapCare, Is Acquired by AltaMed

Published on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | 6:08 am

AltaMed Health Services Corporation has acquired ChapCare (the Community Health Alliance of Pasadena), a longtime federally qualified health center serving patients in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley, according to a statement issued by AltaMed.

The acquisition was finalized earlier this month and includes eight health centers. With the acquisition, AltaMed aims to sustain healthcare access for approximately 18,000 patients in Pasadena and the broader San Gabriel Valley, a company statement said. 

“As the demand for affordable health services continues to grow in Los Angeles, AltaMed is proud to continue to serve people in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley,” Cástulo de la Rocha, AltaMed President and CEO, said. “For more than 50 years, AltaMed has filled a gap in the need for community health services and is diligently focused on addressing a critical health workforce shortage that is affecting Southern California.”

Founded in 1995, ChapCare is a 501(c3) organization committed to providing primary healthcare services for low-income, uninsured residents in Pasadena. It has been recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home since 2013 and offers family and pediatric care, dental, behavioral services, optometry, podiatry, and more, serving over 16,000 patients annually.

Under the banner of ChapCare by AltaMed, the integration will ensure uninterrupted access to comprehensive medical, dental, behavioral health, and pharmacy services, the statement said. Pediatric services will also see expansion, and ChapCare patients will gain access to multiple locations across Los Angeles and Orange counties.

“We’re proud to partner with a non-profit with an aligned mission to continue to provide high-quality health services for our patients,” said ChapCare CEO Deyner Zapata. “This consolidation will ensure that many people who reside in the San Gabriel region will have access to care for decades to come.”

The acquisition also brings forth a collaboration with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), a nationally ranked pediatric specialty facility. ChapCare patients will now have access to CHLA’s AltaMed co-staffed urgent care locations and the CHLA Medical Group. AltaMed and CHLA have a longstanding relationship, spanning over 20 years, of providing exceptional care to hundreds of thousands of children.

AltaMed also recently collaborated with the University of La Verne to establish the College of Health and Community Well-Being. Set to open in fall 2025, the college will train various healthcare professionals, offering student rotations in AltaMed clinics and contributing to the workforce in Southern California.

AltaMed’s services cover a broad range of healthcare services including pediatrics, primary care, Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), behavioral health, HIV/AIDS care, and pharmacy services for over 500,000 patients in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

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