HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Queen’s Health System says it has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Kahi Mohala psychiatric hospital in Ewa Beach from California-based health system Sutter Health Pacific for an undisclosed sum.

This comes after Queen’s recently finalized the purchase of Wahiawa General Hospital.

Queen’s says it plans to hire many Kahi Mohala staffers to operate child and adolescent mental health services.

Those who are not hired can apply at Queen’s other locations.

They added that the acquisition is intended to increase access to behavioral health services for Hawaii families.

The letter of intent triggers a due diligence process expected to take some months.

In a statement, Queen’s said in part:

Queen’s acquisition of Kahi Mohala is expected to be complete later this year, pending completion of government agency notices and reviews. In the next few months, Queen’s will engage in the due diligence process and complete any Certificate of Need (CON) requirements. Queen’s and Sutter Health will work closely together on the seamless transition of services for patients and their families, and will support employees throughout the transition process.

Kahi Mohala is the state’s only free-standing nonprofit psychiatric hospital. It has been a critical resource for mental health services in Hawaii, since opening it’s doors in 1983.

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