FRUITLAND, Idaho – St. Luke’s Health System announced today a major expansion of medical services to the Fruitland area with the expected spring 2014 opening of the new St. Luke’s Fruitland medical plaza.
The expansion will be a two-phased $55 million project. St. Luke’s expects to break ground on the first $30 million phase of the project in October. Phase one of the project will include a full-service, 24-hour, St. Luke’s emergency department staffed by Emergency Medicine of Idaho, the same emergency physician group that currently provides care at St. Luke’s emergency departments in Boise, Meridian and Nampa.
The first phase will consist of a two-story, 80,000 square-foot building. Other services planned for the first phase of the medical plaza include:
St. Luke’s has been providing services in the Fruitland area since 1997 when St. Luke’s MSTI collaborated with then Holy Rosary Medical Center to provide infusion services. In 2002, St. Luke’s opened a MSTI clinic in Fruitland to provide full-service cancer treatment services. In 2010, in response to a demand to increase St. Luke’s services, a health clinic in temporary space was opened in Fruitland.
The new Fruitland Medical Plaza will consolidate all existing Fruitland medical services into one location. The new emergency room is expected to bring an additional 35 jobs to the community, bringing the total number of St. Luke's employees in Fruitland to more than 100.
“For more than a decade, St. Luke’s has been building strong relationships with physicians and community members, and we are extremely pleased to be able to bring even more services to Fruitland and the surrounding communities,” said Chris Roth, St. Luke’s Treasure Valley CEO.
St. Luke’s is working closely with a local community council to ensure the community receives the services it needs from the providers it desires. The council has had an active role in planning for the new Fruitland facility.
“It’s clear that people in the Fruitland area value the services St. Luke’s provides,” Roth said. “Our current clinic is at capacity and in 2011, St. Luke’s had more than 60,000 patient visits at its clinic, MSTI location and family medicine practices in the Fruitland area.”
Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.