Community leaders and representatives from St. Luke’s Health System celebrated the expansion of St. Luke’s Nampa at a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 5.
“It’s really important for me to bring care close to home,” said West Region CEO Kathy Moore, who was raised in Caldwell.
About 60 people attended the ceremony, including Nampa Mayor Bob Henry and St. Luke’s Health System President and CEO Dr. David Pate.
“We are proud to be Canyon County’s preferred provider,” Pate said. “It’s clear that residents want choices.”
Moore also introduced Ed Castledine as the new administrator of St. Luke’s Nampa. Castledine has worked for St. Luke’s for more than 10 years and is the administrator of St. Luke’s Ortho/Neuro.
Nampa’s hospital will also include seven family suites. The special rooms allow a new mother to stay with her newborn and other family members, giving the family an opportunity to experience enhanced bonding, communication and nurturing. The family suites will be the first of their kind in Idaho, said Paul Lodge, chair of St. Luke’s Canyon Community Council and a long time Canyon County resident and rancher.
“We especially need philanthropic support for 3D mammography and neonatal services,” he said. “The Community Council has set a philanthropic goal of $2.6 million.”
Mayor Bob Henry said his family recently used the services at St. Luke’s Nampa when his 86-year-old mother was admitted to the Emergency Room.
“The quality of care was unbelievable,” he said.
But the three primary benefits to the community from the new hospital are almost $100 million in capital investment, the high-paying jobs and a state-of-art facility, Henry said.
“I can’t tell you how proud and excited I am because you chose Nampa,” he said.
The Canyon County population is predicted to increase to 241,000 people by 2024. This expansion will allow St. Luke’s to serve the growing population and also expand the range of services currently available. One in four patients at St. Luke’s Meridian is from Canyon County, and 23 percent of people needing hospitalization are admitted to either St. Luke’s Meridian or St. Luke’s Boise.
St. Luke’s Nampa opened its medical plaza in 2012 with a full-service, 24-hour emergency department, laboratory services, diagnostic and imaging services, medical office space, and outpatient services.
About St. Luke’s Health System
As the only Idaho-based, not-for-profit health system, St. Luke’s is a vital part of the communities we serve, with local physicians and boards who further our organization’s mission, “To improve the health of people in our region.” Working together, we share resources, skills, and knowledge to provide the best possible care at each of our hospitals, clinics, and centers.
St. Luke’s is nationally recognized for excellence in patient care, with prestigious awards and designations reflecting the exceptional care that’s synonymous with the St. Luke’s name.
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