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St. Luke's Wood River Evacuates Patients from Hospital, Emergency Department Remains Open

By Ken Dey, News and Community
August 17, 2013

KETCHUM, Idaho, Aug. 16, 2013, 8:50 p.m. -- In response the wildfires in the area, St. Luke's Wood River has evacuated all patients from the hospital.  The hospital had a total of four patients who were evacuated via ground transport to other St. Luke's medical centers.

The hospital is now in the mandatory evacuation zone, but has been given an exemption that will allow the hospital to keep its emergency department open. St. Luke's Magic Valley has sufficient staff to operate the emergency department, but all other services at the hospital have been scaled back. The public is asked to only visit the emergency department for serious or emergency cases.

Although the hospital is exempt from evacuation, for the safety of patients the decision was made to evacuate. All patients evacuated were in stable condition and were transported via ground transport.  Because of the fire and heavy smoke conditions air transport decisions are being made on a case-by-case situation.

Additional updates will be provided if decisions are made to further curtail services at St. Luke's Wood River or to resume services.

For more information, contact Tanya Keim, (208) 730-3002 or Ken Dey (208) 631-5322.


About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.

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St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center
Street Address: 100 Hospital Dr.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 100
Ketchum, ID 83340
(208) 727-8800

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St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center
801 Pole Line Road W.
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 814-1000