St. Luke’s McCall’s is ready to begin the second phase of road and utility improvements on the streets surrounding the hospital.
Phase one work focused on road and utility improvements on Forest Street. Last week the street was paved and is now open. The sidewalk will be completed this fall.
Phase two work began Sept. 4. Work is focused on State Street from Lake Street/HWY 55 to Hewitt Street and is closed. There will be no hospital access from State Street via Lake Street/HWY 55.
This phase of work is expected to last through October.
Hospital and clinic patients and visitors will need to access the hospital, Payette Lakes Medical, McCall Medical and Orthopedic Surgery from Forest Street via Mission Street or Gamble Road.
Access is also open from Hewitt Street via Gamble Road.
Patients of outpatient therapy services and delivery trucks who need to get to the Lake Street Center, 1010 State Street, can use Hewitt Street via Gamble Road. A gravel road will be created off Hewitt Street providing direct access to the Lake Street Center.
Access to the Central Idaho Museum and Pump House Books parking lot will remain open. Visitors will access the businesses from the south end of State Street via Forest Street.
All road work improvements are in preparation for a new two-story structure that will include an expanded and modernized emergency department, medical imaging, laboratory, cardiopulmonary and infusion departments. The new addition will also allow for more inpatient, labor and delivery and operating rooms.
Work continues on schematic, development and construction design. A second public process for approval will take place later this year, with construction of the new two-story structure to begin in 2019.
The need to expand the hospital was identified more than 10 years ago. A modernized and expanded replacement facility is necessary to fully meet current and future healthcare needs in the region.
St. Luke’s McCall is currently operating at less than 60 percent of the actual space needed to provide existing essential healthcare services to residents and visitors to the West Central Mountains. Demand for services has also increased significantly during the past six years due to an aging demographic and growing population.“The hustle and bustle of large machinery operating around our campus is music to my ears, and the street closures and detours are a welcome sight,” St. Luke’s McCall Administrator Sean McCallister said. “These are tangible signs that our facility replacement project is moving forward.”
Laura Crawford works in the Communications and Marketing department at St. Luke's.