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Dr. James McBride founded Las Encinas Hospital in February. He had the motto “Non Est Vivere Sed Valere Vita” inscribed over the entry to the main building. It translates into “Not just to live but to enjoy living”. From the beginning, the hospital perpetuated a sense of optimism and hope for all who came for care. It was a campus that remained cheerfully self-sufficient. Cows, chickens, pigs, goats and rabbits were in abundance. Staff and their families lived in the brown-shingled bungalows dotting the 27 acres of land.

In 2003 the hospital was purchased by Aurora Behavioral Healthcare, and continued to embrace the original concept and motto of its founder, Dr. McBride. Las Encinas now employs over 90 medical staff and allied healthcare professionals, has 138 beds, and treats a full spectrum psychiatric problems and addictions. It has gone from a small, simple community, to a sophisticated healthcare organization. But the more things change, the more they stay the same. The motto, “Not just to live, but to enjoy living” still permeates the work that is done here. The focus is still on high quality, personalized care in an environment of serenity, beauty and security.  

The mission of Aurora Behavioral Health Care at Las Encinas is to provide the finest care in the finest setting; serving as a community resource by providing highly personal, compassionate, safe, ethical and high quality mental health and addiction treatment to individuals and families in need. We are committed to providing a continuum of services that allow for individualized treatment in the least restrictive and most appropriate level of care, in the most confidential environment. We respect all spiritual and cultural beliefs of the communities we serve.

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"I am proud and thankful to the staff at Las Encinas Hospital" - Las Encinas Hospital Review

Las Encinas Hospital
Last updated 9 months ago

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  • "It has been 31 months and counting since the last time I remember that awful feeling and need of what almost beat me and destroyed my life. I am proud and thankful to the staff at Las Encinas Hospital ( my family & friends ) for helping me beat the addiction that had taken over me for many years without any turning back. Many times , I felt helpless, worthless and didn’t even want to be around the people who are so special in my life. During my time in rehab, I felt as if a new beginning and a second chance at life was given to me and that there will never be a turning back, after attending different treatment centers in my hometown of Boston, Mass, without any positive results and without any real help, My wife finally reached out and found this great place ( Los Angeles ) away from home where the beginning to my new found self started. I can finally enjoy my wife, kids, family and friends who stood by me every step of the way. I also wanted to take the time to say “ Thank You “ to my far away family at Las Encinas for giving me the support, the treatment and most importantly for giving me again the chance to live sober."

    B. Lance

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Las Encinas Hospital
Last updated 9 months ago

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  • "I’ve been addicted to cocaine my entire adult life. It was hard to avoid, because it was everywhere where I lived. Parties, social events, you name it. Until I went to Las Encinas Hospital, I had no clue how bad it was. Without the help of my "new" friends, at this place, I don't know where I would be."

    Joe M.

"This Program Saved My Life!" - Las Encinas Hospital Reviews

Las Encinas Hospital
Last updated 9 months ago

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  • "This program SAVED MY LIFE!!!!  I can't imagine what my life would've been without their help, support and care. They were always there for me and helped me get thru some of the toughest times in my life. Now, I enjoy m life with my wife, daughters, family and dog"

    Juan L.

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