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St. Luke's prepares to open new hospital in Nampa

The 98-million dollar St. Luke's Nampa Medical Center is set to open on October 30. It is three stories and 200,000 square feet. (KBOI Staff Photo)

St. Luke's is bringing health care services closer to home for those living in Canyon County.

The 98-million dollar St. Luke's Nampa Medical Center is set to open on October 30. It is three stories and 200,000 square feet.

It will provide similar services to those at St. Luke's hospitals in Boise and Meridian, but there is one thing that makes it completely unique to the state of Idaho.

The medical center will provide in-room NICU suites. This means the mother and baby will have their own room and their own nurse for the entire hospital stay.

It will have a welcome center with central check-in, four operating rooms, seven labor and delivery rooms, seven family care suites, eight neonatal intensive care unit rooms and ten intensive care unit beds.

St. Luke’s hired 400 full-time employees to staff the new hospital.

The new location will also take some of the pressure off of other nearby St. Luke's locations. The center will use and state of the art technology and provide an additional 87 beds.

The center's Site Administrator Ed Castledine says Canyon County is the center for obesity and diabetes in the area and has as unique health care needs.

"Now is very important because we just, we're out of space in Meridian, in Boise," said Castledine. "About 25 percent of all of our volume in Meridian today comes from the west and so we want to keep care close to home."

The plan to open this hospital was announced in 2011.




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