What are we doing?
The St. Luke's Boise development project will evolve over several years. This is not a “single project” proposal, but a multi-phase plan that will occur in stages over the years to come. At its core is our commitment to create an environment in which we can provide the best possible care for patients and families—an environment geared toward safety, healing, and comfort, following the most proven, effective, and efficient practices in healthcare facility design.
Some details of the plan as it stands now:
- A new Idaho Elks Children’s Pavilion—a specialty health center housing outpatient services—will be built on the corner of Jefferson Street and Avenue B, and will connect directly to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital by a sky bridge over Avenue B. The pavilion will be home to physician clinics and rehabilitation, as well as a healing arts and health resource center for children and families. It will also include an underground parking garage.
- The Children’s Hospital itself will be expanded within the east wing of our current Boise hospital. This will affect all our inpatient services, such as our critical care unit, operating rooms, and pediatric unit.
- St. Luke’s Cancer Institute will be expanded into space vacated by children’s services moving to the new Children's Pavilion.
- The hospital will be expanded to the north, allowing us to create integrated outpatient clinics and physician offices; that is, they will be located in close proximity to hospitalized patients, labs, and testing facilities. The design incorporates the most advanced technology and state-of-the-art equipment.
- Our current main hospital tower will be modernized and renovated, including critical care units, labor and delivery, emergency department, operating suites, and about 60 additional patient rooms.
- A new parking structure will be built between 1st and 2nd Streets, north of Jefferson. This structure, along with the underground garage at Jefferson and Avenue B, will accommodate the needs of patients, visitors, and staff, alleviating demand for on-street parking.
- A new central plant, which provides essential utilities such as emergency power, medical gases, heating, and air conditioning, will be built at 2nd and Jefferson streets, replacing our aging plant currently located at 1st and Jefferson.
The information contained in St. Luke's Master Plan provides the background, details, and context for our downtown Boise development. St. Luke's has a history of careful planning and fiscal responsibility, and is deeply committed to the citizens of Boise, to our neighborhoods, and to the region. The final plan is the culmination of a decade of careful assessment, evaluation, and reevaluation and:
- Projects needs and planning to the year 2030, when the Treasure Valley population is expected to have increased by 291,000.
- Is based on state-of-the-art patient safety and evidence-based design.
- Modernizes existing facilities and structures, on currently developed land, as much as possible to reduce resource consumption and unnecessary land and infrastructure development.
- Ensures responsible use of resources by adopting sustainable design and operation practices in new and existing facilities.
- Minimizes disruption to current medical center services.
- Maximizes our future capacity and growth opportunities.
- Improves pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist connectivity by upgrading outdated public sidewalks, pathways and streets around the Boise hospital campus.
- Adopts attributes of all seven Blueprint Boise themes, the City's comprehensive plan that aims to preserve Boise's livability now and into the future.
- Serves as a living outline for future development and as such will be periodically updated, presented, and recorded with the agencies having jurisdictional interest and approval, and will be revisited at a minimum of every 3-5 years depending on need and activity.
A Boost to Our Economy
We estimate that this project will represent one of the largest investments ever made in Boise and Idaho. It will bring new jobs to the region while building on Boise's growing reputation as one of the most livable cities in the country, of which access to high-quality healthcare is a critical component. The project will be financed through bonds, cash on hand, and community philanthropy. It’s estimated this major development project will bring $900 million to $1.2 billion of rollover economic benefit and job growth to the greater Boise community.
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