St. Luke's Eyes Nampa For New Hospital

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While officials with the St. Luke's Health System prepare for a crucial series of public hearings in front of the Boise City Council where hospital officials will argue for a huge master plan that includes new construction, a tremendous amount of renovation and the controversial closing of a portion of Jefferson Street, St. Luke's is also looking westward.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune is reporting that St. Luke's has filed an application to upgrade its Nampa facility to a new 76-bed hospital. The current facility opened in 2012 and includes urgent care and an emergency department, but the proposed build-out would turn the facility into a full-fledged community hospital. The proposed hospital could be the second of its kind for Nampa. Saint Alphonsus has said it also wants to build a new 100-bed hospital in the Canyon County city.

Meanwhile, Boise Weekly has learned that the debate over St. Luke's master plan for downtown Boise could attract so many members of the public that the hearing has now been scheduled to take place over two evenings, Tuesday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 14, before the Boise City Council.